Strategies to Counter the Proliferation of Hate Speech Through Public Pedagogy

March 21, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
St Jax Montréal
1439 Rue Sainte-Catherine
Montréal, QC H3G 1S6
Free for members of the SJLS, $12 for non-members
Sam Browman

Professor Venkatesh will introduce an initiative entitled SOMEONE (SOcial Media EducatiON Every day) which was created to sensitize youth, educators and the broader public to patterns of online hate with the goal of building resilience against hate speech and radicalization.

The multinational and interdisciplinary team of researchers and practitioners in the SOMEONE initiative have developed an online portal of curricula and multimedia materials designed to counter hate speech by developing critical thinking skills.

The materials in the portal include white papers, documentaries, interviews with experts, creative art-based performances, graphic novels, ideas for classroom activities, as well as mobile and social media feeds designed to counter a variety of forms of online hatred.

Vivek VenkateshVivek Venkatesh is Associate Professor in the Department of Education and the inaugural Director of the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching at Concordia University . He is the director of the SOMEONE initiative, and the creator of the Grimposium festival and conference series. He is an interdisciplinary and applied learning scientist who investigates the psychological, cultural and cognitive factors impacting the design, development and inclusive adoption of digital media in educational and social contexts.