With the current pandemic, the world is also suffering from, the almost equally dangerous, “infodemic”, where disinformation, hate speech and harmful content are rapidly flooding the online world. Despite major organizations mobilizing against this, the empowerment of students on how to deal with the media and information in general remains vital. Acquisition of MIL competencies facilitates intercultural dialogue and the development of mutual understanding, through passing on tradition and cultures in new ways and through recognizing new cultural practices. It helps promote tolerance of the other, fostering intercultural and interreligious dialogue. In that sense, this webinar reflects on challenges and possibilities of intercultural dialogue for global understanding.
Carolyn Wilson, is a Lecturer at the Faculty of Education at Western University, Canada, and the Executive Director of the Marshall McLuhan Foundation. She was the first Chair of the International Steering Committee for GAPMIL (the UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance for Partnerships in Media and Information Literacy).
Carolyn has over 30 years of experience in Media and Information Literacy Education. She has been working with UNESCO headquarters on many of its media and information literacy initiatives, and has received several international awards for her work.
Ismail Abdel Ghaffar Ismail, President of the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. A professor of electrical and computer engineering, he has acquired his PhD Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989 from George Washington University, USA , Master Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 from Cairo university. He served as the Director & Dean of the Egyptian Military Technical School (MTC), 2009- 2011. He is A Member of the board Council of Arab Ministers of Transportation, Member of the Board Council of Arab Ministers of Economics, League of Arab States.
Matteo Zacchetti works at the European Commission since 1995. He has been responsible for the Media Literacy initiative and worked in the MEDIA Programme of the European Union. He spent the main part of his professional life in the media or dealing with media related issues both in the private sector (NBC Super Channel ltd.) and at the European Commission focusing on different policy aspects of the audio-visual media. Since the beginning of 2019, he works in the Sport Policy Unit of the European Commission where he is responsible for the ERASMUS + for Sport Programme and the organisation of the European Week of Sport. In 2012, he has been Visiting Professor in the School of International Relations of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He holds a degree in Economics of the University of Genoa, Italy.
The webinar will be moderated by Samy Tayie, professor and head of department at the Faculty of Mass Communication, Cairo University, Egypt. President of Mentor International Media Education Association (Barcelona, Spain). He received his PhD from Leicester University, UK. He has published a few books on mass communication research methods, media education, advertising and public relations. He has also published a few articles on different areas of communication sciences. He organized and participated in many international meetings in the Middle East, Europe and the United States. He also worked for some regional and international organizations including the United Nations. He is a member of the Scientific Board of Comunicar. He is also a member of the UNESCO’s Expert Group on Media Literacy