38th Annual Civics & Law-Related Education Conference
When: Oct.10, 2014
Where: Wang Conference Center/Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, New York

“The Informed Citizen: Media Literacy for the Classroom”
 Plenary Session featuring Mary Beth Tinker, John Tinker (Tinker v Des Moines) and Cathy Kuhlmeier (Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier)

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Full conference: $40, includes:

  • Friday breakfast
  • Two 90-minute morning sessions
  • Luncheon & Keynote Speaker
  • Afternoon Plenary/Panel Session featuring Mary Beth Tinker, John Tinker (Tinker v DesMoines) and Cathy Kuhlmeier (Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier)
  • Conference materials
  • First session 8:45 am - 10:15
    Second Session 10:30 - noon
    Plenary Session  1:30 - 3:30
    Conference concludes 3:30 pm


Friday Luncheon Keynote Speaker ~ Dean Howard Schneider; Stony Brook School of journalism

Howard Schneider is the founding dean of the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, spearheading the team that developed the proposal for SUNY’s first School of Journalism. For more than 35 years. Schneider was a reporter and editor at Newsday. For nearly 18 of those years, he was managing editor and then editor. Under his tenure, the paper won eight Pulitzer Prizes in categories including investigative reporting deadline reporting, arts criticism, specialized beat reporting and foreign affairs reporting. Under his leadership, Newsday was among the first newspapers in the country to create news websites; he also led efforts to introduce TV and radio into what had been an all-print newsroom. At Stony Brook, Schneider helped develop the nation’s first course in News Literacy, which seeks to have undergraduates across all disciplines study how to become discerning news consumers. The course has subsequently spread to universities around the nation. He is the executive director of the school's Center for News Literacy. He also collaborated with the actor Alan Alda in launching the country’s first Center for Communicating Science, which is housed in the journalism school, and which trains future and current scientists on how to communicate more effectively with the public.

 Schneider began his teaching career at Stony Brook as an adjunct professor of journalism from 1980-1982. Previously, he had been an adjunct professor of journalism at Queens College in 1979. In 2003, Schneider was the recipient of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumnus Award (MS ’67). He earned his BA at Syracuse University in psychology and journalism (’66). He has been a member of the Pulitzer Prize judging panel three times.

Detailed Workshop Descriptions & Presenter Bios ~ TBA

Friday, Oct. 10 Presentation Sessions:

Session I: 8:45 – 10:15 a.m.

Five 90-minute workshops

Session II: 10:30 – 12:00 p.m. 

Five 90-minute workshops

Session III: 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. - Plenary Session featuring:

Mary Beth Tinker, John Tinker and Cathy Kuhlmeier
from the Tinker v Des Moines and Hazelwood v Kuhlmeier Supreme Court cases