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Arab-US Association for Communication Educators – October 27-October 31

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The Media Studies Program at the American University of Beirut is delighted to host the 16th annual conference of the Arab-US Association of Communication Educators.

This year, the AUSACE conference theme will tackle two current, pressing, and interdependent concepts: digital literacy and media literacy, and their evolutionary and revolutionary roles in contemporary media education, media practices, and media policies. Kindly note that we are no longer accepting abstracts.

The Arab-U.S. Association of Communication Educators is an organization dedicated to the advancement of Arab-U.S. relations among communication educators and media professionals. Established in 1995, AUSACE is the longest-running organization of its kind. AUSACE also publishes the Journal of Middle East Media, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated exclusively to communication research and media studies in the Middle East.

About the Media Program at AUB
The Media Program at the American University of Beirut is a growing program that currently offers an undergraduate Diploma in Media Communication and a Master of Arts in Media Studies. The program is currently housed in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies. It strives to establish a leading regional media education program that graduates outstanding experts, scholars, and educators.

About Beirut and Lebanon
Beirut is the capital of Lebanon, and is considered a jewel of a city located on the Mediterranean coast. The small country of Lebanon, with its rich history and culture, offers tourists breathtaking scenery, unparalleled hospitality, mouthwatering cuisine, and elegant accommodations at affordable prices. Perhaps the best time of year to travel is in the fall when temperatures are moderate and travel and accommodation costs are lower.

AUSACE 2011 Organizers

Conference chair: Dr. Jad Melki, Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media Studies, and Coordinator of the Media Studies Program at AUB.
Conference co-chair: Dr. Nabil Dajani, Professor of Mass Communication, and chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Media Studies (SAMS) at AUB.
Conference manager & web editor: Michael Oghia, graduate student, SAMS Dept.
Conference assistant manager: May Jabado, undergraduate student, SAMS Dept.

View Conference Program - Early registration available online now

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7th MENA Regional Media Forum – 28-29 September 2011

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Tentative Agenda

- Introductory remarks: Shahida Azfar, UNICEF Regional Director for the
Middle East and North Africa
- Special guest: TBC
- Q&A

Theme of the year:  Children in MENA, rights and challenges

Panel Discussion:
Victims or active participants: How have children and young people been
represented in the media during the Arab Spring?

Testimonies from participating journalists

Slide show of recent UNICEF pictures from region
- Panel Discussion: How should aid agencies and the media work to
preserve the children rights and what are the challenges they both face?

Media Award Ceremony

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