Friday, October 26, 2007

UDC Conference and Media Democracy Day

At Harbour Centre, the School of Communication is hosting the international conference of the Union for Democratic Communications from October 25-28th.

Tonight, we have a public lecture keynote by Professor Saskia Sassen from Columbia University. Other highly anticipated speakers are Dan Schiller, Nick Dyer-Witheford, Dorothy Kidd, and Dee Dee Halleck. It was great to meet and greet many at last night's reception. Always nice to know people you cite are nice people on top of it all.

There's also a panel on South Korean media after lunch that I'm looking forward to attending, that includes the School's Dal Yong Jin (hey, didn't we just present last week?) and UIUC's Soochul Kim who I met during the 2004 Seoul conference on Mobility and Social Change.

Later on in the day, is the Media and Democracy Fair, promoted by our own Stephen Anderson, a grad student in Communication.
From the Facebook page:
"Come to the FREE Media Democracy Fair and meet representatives from your favorite local independent media outlets. 4:30pm – 7pm Friday October 26th at the Concourse in SFU Vancouver (Harbour Centre) 515 West Hastings Street.
The Media Democracy Fair is FREE. Admission is open for everyone. Bring your friends and family to the Media Democracy Fair and stay for the discussions.
To stay in the loop join the local media democracy Announcement Mailing List
If you represent a local media group and would like table space at the MDD please email (

Film Screening:
This year MDD presents a Special Screening "A Little Bit of So Much Truth" in room 1600 at 4:30pm (515 West Hastings Street)“When the people of Oaxaca decided they'd had enough of bad government, they didn't take their story to the media...They TOOK the media.” More about this exciting film here>>

Sponsors and Supporters:
This year’s sponsors and supporters are the SFU School of Communication, SFU Faculty of Applied Sciences, The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group (SFPIRG), BC Government Employees Union,BC & Yukon Territory – Building Construction Trades, Council, BC Teachers’ Federation, Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union Local 2000, Communications, Energy & Paperworkers Union Western, Region BC Federation of Labour, BC Association for Media Education (BCAME), The Tyee, CITIZENShift, Straight Goods, and Xtra West.

Special Guest:
MDD 2007 will open up a talk by Saskia Sassen, renowned author of The Global City: New Frontiers/Strategic Sites at 7:00 pm. At least 285 people are expected to attend this talk. Limited free tickets are available for the public on a first come first serve basis. (Room 1400 at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street)

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