In this lecture, Dr. Renee Hobbs discussed propaganda as a powerful mean to share facts, opinions, and ideas designed to change behavior or motivate action. Dr. Hobbs showed participants how to recognize the techniques of propaganda and invited faculty participants to fight negative propaganda through education, specifically media and digital literacy education. In addition, Dr. Hobbs encouraged participants to use critical analysis as they encounter any media message to make sense of what they hear or read.

Dr.Renee Hobbs is one of the nation’s leading authorities on media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She founded the Media Education Lab, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service. Hobbs received an Ed.D in Human Development from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.A. in Communication from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. with a double major in English Literature and Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan.