Sessions and speakers

An international array of speakers will converge in Toronto for Worldviews 2019, bringing perspectives from around the world. The theme and content of the conference will draw delegates from media and higher education who bring a wide range of experience, insight, and opinion. Speakers will engage the audience with lively commentary and debate, and, working with organizers, focus on fostering an environment that encourages participation and direction from attendees, rather than just from the front of the room.

Planned sessions

Opening of Worldviews 2019

Screening of the new documentary film, “The Corporate Coup D’etat”
Wednesday, June 12 | 6:30–8:30 pm

  • Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson of the Council of Canadians
  • David Altheide, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of the School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University

Communicating in a ‘post-truth’ world

Higher education and media in ‘illiberal democracies’: Which way forward? – Keynote session
Thursday, June 13 | 9–10 am

  • Michael Ignatieff, President and Rector of Central European University, Budapest
  • Janice Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler.com and former CNN bureau chief in Manilla, Philippines
  • Amira Hass, award winning author and Ramallah-based Haaretz Newspaper correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Matias Spektor, Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Fundação Getulio Vargas’s School of International Relation, Brazil

Cognitive dissonance: The response of higher education and media to the clash of democratic and populist values
Friday, June 14 | 2–3 pm

  • Greg Kelly, Executive Producer, CBC Ideas
  • Sophia Rosenfeld, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania; author of Democracy and Truth-
  • Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • David Altheide, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of the School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, author of Terrorism and the Politics of Fear
  • Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College, author of The Death of Expertise
  • Nermeen Shaikh, Co-Host and News Producer at Democracy Now!, author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power (Columbia University Press)

The democratization of expertise: What does the future hold?
Thursday, June 13 | 10:15–11:15 am

  • Moderator: Janice Stein, Belzberg Professor of Conflict Management, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto
  • Tom Nichols, Professor of National Security Affairs, US Naval War College, author of The Death of Expertise
  • Taylor Owen, Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Associate Professor, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University co-author of Democracy Divided: Countering Disinformation and Hate in the Digital Public Sphere
  • Max Boykoff, Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder

Scientific research, ‘post-truth’ and fake news: What’s next?
Friday, June 14 12–1 pm

  • Max Boykoff, Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, Associate Professor, University of Colorado Boulder
  • Sandra Quinn, Professor and Chair, University of Maryland School of Public Health, co-author of “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter bots and Russian trolls amplify the vaccine debate”
  • Ivan Semeniuk, Science Correspondent, Globe and Mail
  • Jane Lytvynenko, Journalist, BuzzFeed News

The social, cultural, and political underpinnings of the ‘post-truth’ world: Making Orwell fiction again
Thursday, June 13 11:20 am–12:20 pm

  • Sophia Rosenfeld, Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History, University of Pennsylvania; author of Democracy and Truth
  • Shanto Iyengar, Professor of political science, Stanford University
  • Amira Hass, award winning author and Ramallah-based Haaretz Newspaper correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • David Altheide, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of the School of Justice and Social Inquiry, Arizona State University, author of Terrorism and the Politics of Fear
  • Megan Boler, Professor and Chair, Social Justice Education, University of Toronto-OISE

Promoting media and higher education as a public good (Keynote)
Friday, June 14 | 9–10 am

  • Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler.com and former CNN bureau chief in Manilla, Philippines
  • Nermeen Shaikh, Co-Host and News Producer at Democracy Now!, author of The Present as History: Critical Perspectives on Global Power (Columbia University Press)

Creative initiatives in promoting media literacy and critical thinking: current initiatives and future possibilities
Friday, June 14 | 12–1 pm

  • Ursula Gobel, Associate Vice-President, Future Challenges, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
  • Alan Miller, CEO, News Literacy Project (Washington)
  • Shannon Sampert, Associate Professor and Founding Director, Media Centre for Public Policy and Knowledge Mobilization, University of Winnipeg
  • Philip Glennie, Communications & Partnerships Manager, Academica Group

Communicating during a crisis: the challenges for media and higher education
Thursday, June 13 | 5:20–6:20 pm

  • Moderator: Paul Axelrod, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education at York University
  • David Estok, Vice President, Communications, University of Toronto
  • Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed (Washington)
  • Erin A. Hennessy, Vice President, TVP Communications

Technological change in higher education and the media: Impact, implications and future directions

Anti-social media? (Keynote)
Thursday, June 13 | 2–3 pm

  • Siva Vaidhyanathan, Professor of Media Studies, University of Virginia, author of Anti-Social Media

Digital technology’s impact on how media and higher education communicate
Friday June 14 | 3-4pm

  • Anatoliy Gruzd, Canada Research Chair, Social Media Data Stewardship, Director, Social Media Lab, Ryerson University
  • Megan Boler, Professor and Chair, Social Justice Education, University of Toronto-OISE
  • Jeffrey Dvorkin, Director of the journalism program, University of Toronto; formerly Vice-President of News and Ombudsman, National Public Radio; and Managing Editor and Chief Journalist for CBC Radio
  • Cam Gordon, Head of Communications, Twitter Canada

Using social media in the 21st Century: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Thursday, June 13 | 4:20–5:20 pm

  • Taylor Owen, Beaverbrook Chair in Media, Ethics and Communications and Associate Professor, Max Bell School of Public Policy, McGill University co-author of Democracy Divided: Countering Disinformation and Hate in the Digital Public Sphere
  • Heidi J. S. Tworek, Assistant Professor, Department of History, University of British Columbia
  • Mathew Ingram, Chief Digital Writer, Columbia Journalism Review
  • Rodrigo Zamith, Assistant Professor Journalism Department University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Sandra Quinn, Professor and Chair, University of Maryland School of Public Health, co-author of “Weaponized Health Communication: Twitter bots and Russian trolls amplify the vaccine debate”

Metrics, analytics and the brave new world of news media
Thursday, June 13 | 3:15–4:15 pm

  • Nicole Blanchett Neheli, Professor of journalism, Sheridan College
  • Admire Mare, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication, Namibia University of Science and Technology
  • Rodrigo Zamith, Assistant Professor Journalism Department University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Kevin Siu, Managing Editor, Longform, Features, Opinion, the Globe and Mail

Innovations in journalism and news rooms
Friday, June 14 | 10–11 am

  • Cam Gordon, Head of Communications, Twitter Canada
  • Anita Li, Director of Communities, The Discourse, and Editor-in-Chief, The Other Wave
  • Chris Bilton, Editorial Director, Digital, Vice Media
  • Catherine Wallace, Assistant Managing Editor, Toronto Star
  • David Skok, CEO and Editor-in-chief, The Logic 
  • Jane Lytvynenko, Journalist, BuzzFeed News

Systemic uncertainty: Precarious work in media and higher education and prospects for the future
Thursday, June 13 | 4:20–5:20 pm

  • Edward Greenspon, President, Public Policy Forum; former editor-in chief of The Globe and Mail
  • Fay Faraday, Assistant Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Nicole Blanchett Neheli, Professor of journalism, Sheridan College
  • Nicole Cohen, Assistant Professor, Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology, University of Toronto, author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age
  • Ellen Ruppel Shell, Co-Director, Science Journalism Program, Boston University, author of The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change

 

Democratization and the recognition of multiple voices in media and higher education

Now and in the future: Promoting greater diversity in media and higher education
Friday, June 14 | 11 am–12 pm

  • Maija Saari, Associate Dean, Film, Television & Journalism, Sheridan College
  • Ruth María López, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Houston
  • Shree Paradkar, Race and Gender Columnist, Toronto Star
  • Kathleen Cummins, Film, Television & Journalism, Sheridan College
  • Vinita Srivastava, Culture, Arts, Critical Race Editor, The Conversation
  • Anita Li, Director of Communities, The Discourse, and Editor-in-Chief, The Other Wave

Truth, ‘post-truth’ and reconciliation in North and South America and Australia: The responsibilities of media and higher education
Thursday, June 13 | 3:15–4:15 pm

  • Jennifer Wemigwans, Assistant Professor – Adult Education and Community Development program, University of Toronto, author of A Digital Bundle Protecting and Promoting Indigenous Knowledge Online
  • Shane Motlap, Analyst, Indigenous Policies and Programs, Charles Darwin University and Chair of the National Tertiary Education Union’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy Committee

Truth, ‘post-truth’ and reconciliation in South Africa and the Middle East: The responsibilities of media and higher education
Friday, June 14 | 10–11 am

  • Amira Hass, award winning author and Ramallah-based Haaretz Newspaper correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories
  • Kareem Shaheen, Managing Editor at Raseef 22, former Middle East and Turkey correspondent for The Guardian (UK)

Understanding bias and changing perceptions: 18 questions
Thursday, June 13 | 10:15–11:15 am

  • Pallak Arora, Program Director, Mosaic Institute

Free speech, academic freedom, democratic values and minority rights around the globe: Prospects for enhancing understanding
Thursday, June 13 | 11:20 am–12:20 pm

  • Shannon Dea, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Waterloo
  • Shanto Iyengar, Professor of political science, Stanford University

Fatal attraction?: Media coverage of work, unions, and labour relations: Current and future possibilities
Thursday, June 13 | 1–2pm

  • Ellen Ruppel Shell, Co-Director, Science Journalism Program, Boston University, author of The Job: Work and Its Future in a Time of Radical Change
  • Nasr Ahmed, Associate Membership Program Coordinator, CWA Canada

 

Directions in media and higher education collaboration now and in the future

Current innovations: The Conversation, EvidenceNetwork.ca, Academic Minute
Friday, June 14 | 11 am–12 pm

  • Scott White, Editor, The Conversation Canada
  • Shannon Sampert, Associate Professor and Founding Director, Media Centre for Public Policy and Knowledge Mobilization, University of Winnipeg
  • Lynn Pasquerella, President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Stavros Rougas, Co-founder of expertisefinder.com

Promoting investigative journalism in and beyond the academy
Friday, June 14 | 2–3 pm

  • Patti Sonntag, Director, Institute for Investigative Journalism, Concordia University
  • Alan Miller, CEO, News Literacy Project (Washington)

Podcasting for academics and journalists
Thursday, June 13 | 1–2 pm

  • Liz Wayne, Postdoctoral fellow, University of North Carolina and host of podcast PhDivas
  • Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Professor and head of the Human Computer Interaction Group, TU Wien, Austria and host of podcast Changing Academic Life
  • Nana aba Duncan, Host, CBC Fresh Air and Media Girlfriends podcast

The future of higher education media
Friday, June 14 | 3–4 pm

  • Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed (Washington)
  • Brendon O’Malley, Editor, University World News (London)
  • Paul Basken, North American Editor, Times Higher Education
  • Richard Adams, Education Editor, The Guardian (UK)
  • Léo Charbonneau, Editor, University Affairs

Conference - June 12th to 14th 2019

  • Ocufa
  • Academic Matters
  • University World News
  • Inside Higher Ed
  • Academia Group
  • University of Toronto
  • Ryerson University - School of Journalism