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Cazenovia College Students Host Media Studies Symposium

"Our media: crisis and opportunity" will be held Dec. 5 and 6 in Cazenovia
Cazenovia, NY (Dec. 4, 2013) – Students at Cazenovia College will host a two-day event focused on our media environment on Thursday and Friday, December 5 and 6, 2013. The media studies symposium, titled "Our media: crisis and opportunity," is being organized by students in the College’s Media Management class, under the direction of Assistant Professor Andrew Ó Baoill. All sessions of the Symposium will be held in the Catherine Cummings Theatre at Cazenovia College, Lincklaen Street, Cazenovia, NY, unless otherwise noted.

The Symposium commences on Thursday evening, Dec. 5 with a 6 p.m. screening of a documentary by independent production house, Brave New Films. The documentary, Unmanned: America’s Drone War, takes a critical look at the impact of drone warfare both in the United States and abroad, and provides a range of perspectives and insights not generally found in our mainstream media.

The Thursday evening events continue at 8:30 p.m., with a live taping of the popular web series, The Alex Hazard Show, produced by Cazenovia College communication studies senior, Alex Hazard. The show will be held in the College Dining Hall in Hubbard Hall.

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Symposium kicks off with a panel on media activism at 10 a.m., followed by an 11 a.m., screening of Tribeca award nominee Fools’ Day, and a conversation with co-writer Shane Snider at 11:30 a.m. A panel will follow featuring a number of media professionals, including the editors of Syracuse Woman Magazine and the Cazenovia Republican.

The afternoon portion of the Symposium, which starts at 1:30 p.m. will feature presentations from a range of critical media scholars from around the region. The event will close with an informal reception. All events are open to the public.

This is the second Media Studies Symposium held by the students at Cazenovia College. The first, held in April of 2013, included speakers from local television and print outlets, as well as panelists from nationally-syndicated Free Speech Radio News and online publication Truthout.org.

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Ó Baoill, by email: aobaoill@cazenovia.edu or phone: 315-416-8690.

Cazenovia College, founded in 1824, is an independent, co-educational, baccalaureate college located near Syracuse, N.Y., offering baccalaureate programs in the liberal arts and professional studies. Embracing student success as its primary mission, the College comprises a diverse yet close-knit residential community that fosters intellectual, social, and ethical growth. Our experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities and dedicated team of faculty and staff provide for an individualized educational experience that balances academic and student life. Cazenovia, named one of "America’s Best Colleges" by U.S. News & World Report, is also a national College of Distinction. For more information, visit http://www.cazenovia.edu.

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