Powering Up

Experts in teaching, learning, and technology present the framework for the College’s third annual presidential symposium exploring issues of diversity. Held April 30, the afternoon event mostly examined how digital media have changed the power structures of teaching and learning. As Bates Magazine writer [intlink id="9524" type="post"]Doug Hubley noted in his online story[/intlink]: “Take, for example, the surfeit of content on the Internet, and the potential and the dilemma it presents to faculty. If knowledge is power, who has the greatest leverage: the professor with his Great Books or the kid with the Google smarts?” From left, Joline Blais, associate professor of new media at the University of Maine; Eszter Hargittai, associate professor of communication studies at Northwestern; Anna Everett, an authority on African American film and culture and a professor of film and media studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and event organizer Leslie Hill, Bates associate professor of politics and special assistant to the president for diversity initiatives.

Photograph by Phyllis Graber Jensen

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