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MDIA World Media Matters Initiative Completed First Season of Events

World Media Matters initiative, started this fall by MDIA Professor Steve Howard with the goal of raising awareness among OU students of global affairs and world challenges, has recently finished its first series of events.

“My particular concern is that it’s challenging to get undergraduate students, especially Americans, interested in global challenges. That’s what, by and large, my classes are about,” said Howard. “So, I decided to complement courses I teach with a series of activities outside the class with invited speakers who work with various issues related to global media. Through this initiative, I want to get students thinking about what’s going on in the world so that, consequently, they can become better informed citizens”.

The first series of World Media Matters featured five events of various kinds, from lectures to a concert. Speakers included Dr. Saleshi Asfaw, director/founder of ETSS, a leading immigrant support agency in Columbus who talked about problems that migrants face in the city; a Somali imam, Horsed Nooh, who spoke  Islamophobia in the US; journalist Isma'il Kushkush who talked about Sudan's recent uprising which he’s been covering for major American publications; Canadian-Somali novelist Hassan Santur, author of The Youth of God, and mbira virtuosa, Patience Munjeri from Zimbabwe who performed with a small band at Donkey Coffee.

“We’ll continue to look for funds and ideas for World Media Matters,” Howard said, inviting everyone to make suggestions for future programs.

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