Plenary Sessions

Thursday, June 27

8:30am – 10:00am
Opening Session
Panel: What We Don’t Talk About: Race, Politics, Religion, and Sexuality

American University
Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Race. Politics. Religion. Sexuality. We are living in times where the conversation about these important topics becomes contentious before it even begins. We have lost the ability to listen and digest information before reacting to it. The understanding that humans are flawed, complex and biased is not often acknowledged. As a community, we are struggling to engage around difficult topics. Teachers are nervous to talk about controversial topics in the classroom because of push back they get from administration and the community. College campuses, which should be a breeding ground for diverse thinking, have stopped inviting guest lecturers or speakers that the student body might find controversial. Comedians have stopped coming because they may ‘offend.’ This opening plenary session is a chance to explore the difficult conversations that we are seeing in our world, with the idea of creating a bridge for divergent thinking. Understanding nuance and its method for dialogue is vital. This opening keynote conversation will open the lines of communication while also pushing the proverbial envelope of what people consider to be a truth about themselves or other cultures, and spark a continued exchange in a space and place where the dialogue should exist – our nation’s Capital.


Glenance Green
Deputy Director
Free Spirit Media

Glenance is a trained researcher and self-identified artivist (a content creator who uses art as tools of healing and liberation for social, political, and systemic change). With over 10 years of research experience and 15 years in the non-profit sector, Glenance has been keenly focused on institutionalizing racial equity through a sociological lens. Her work at Free Spirit Media, a media education and production organization on the west side of Chicago helping youth and young adults of color access and transform the media industry, is tailored toward strengthening media education program models and access pipelines into the industry and using storytelling through data to better demonstrate the impact of Free Spirit Media’s work.

Glenance has both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago and DePaul University, respectively. Glenance is the co-host of IL Informed, a podcast with former Illinois legislator Daniel Biss helping people better understand Illinois politics, the role of state government, and the ways in which people can effectively move the needle of change. She serves on the Board of Kuumba Lynx, an urban arts youth development organization that promotes Hip Hop as a tool to reimagine and demonstrate a more just world, and has most recently become a graduate of the Chicago United for Equity (CUE) Fellowship Program. 

Steve Goodman
Founder & Executive Director (emeritus)
Educational Video Center

For 35 years, Steve has offered widely acclaimed social justice documentary workshops for students from under-served communities and professional development for teachers to integrate critical media production into the classroom. Under his direction, EVC youth documentaries have won over 100 awards including an Emmy, and have been featured at national and international festivals including the Sundance International Film Festival, Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, National Black Programming Consortium, and have been broadcast on ABC, NBC, CNN, and on PBS with Bill Moyers.

Trained as a journalist at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, Goodman has taught in New York City transfer high schools; NYU; University of London, Institute of Education; and other universities. Goodman writes extensively on critical media literacy, youth media, civic engagement and education reform for numerous publications and is the author of Teaching Youth Media: A Critical Guide to Literacy, Video Production, and Social Change and It’s Not About Grit: Trauma, Inequity and the Power of Transformative Teaching. He is currently a media education consultant with the NYC Department of Education’s office for Students in Temporary Housing.

Asad Muhammad
Vice President, Impact and Engagement Strategy
American Documentary

Asad was born and raised in New York City and has over 15 years of experience in education and community development with a primary focus on the advancement of court-involved and incarcerated youth, securing safe housing for LGBTQ youth, and enhancing public school education in Atlanta, Detroit, New Orleans and New York. Most recently, Asad worked for United Way for Southeastern Michigan as a Pathway Coach building college and career pathways in Detroit public high schools. He trained school leaders, teachers, school counselors and college advisors in aligning school environments and curriculum with industry-valued, career opportunities for students.

While in Detroit, Asad served on the Board of Directors for the Ruth Ellis Center. The center is the only organization in the country that has a residential program for LGBTQ youth in the foster care and juvenile justice system, and is mission-specific to queer youth experiencing homelessness. Asad graduated from Hampton University with a degree in business management and information systems. In 2014, he completed the Public Leaders Fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity. Asad has been a longtime fan of POV, initially connecting with the organization over ten years ago when organizing a Manhattan public screening of the POV film Love and Diane.


Stephanie Flores-Koulish
Associate Professor
Curriculum and Instruction
Loyola University Maryland

Stephanie’s primary area of expertise and research is within the field of Critical Media Literacy Education. She also has research interests in identity and adoptees, education policy, creativity, spirituality, and critical multicultural education. Her research provides her with many opportunities to practice engaged scholarship in and around Baltimore City. She serves on the board at Archbishop Borders dual language Catholic school. Flores-Koulish is also an alumna of the Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT).

5:30pm – 7:00pm
Cocktail Reception & NAMLE Awards
Q&A: A Conversation with Gordon Quinn of Kartemquin Films

American University
School of International Service
Founders Room
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

Join us for an evening to celebrate the 2019 NAMLE Media Literate Media award winners: NPR podcast 1A, PBS Student Reporting Labs, and Kartemquin Films. Moderator Patricia Aufderheide, the founder of American University’s Center for Media & Social Impact, will facilitate a discussion with Gordon Quinn, Founder and Artistic Director of Kartemquin Films, one of this year’s Media Literate Media Award winner. The evening will include complimentary cocktails and appetizers.


Gordon Quinn
Founder and Artistic Director
Kartemquin Films

Artistic Director and founding member of Kartemquin Films, Gordon Quinn has been making documentaries for over 50 years. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun Times, called his first film Home for Life (1966) “an extraordinarily moving documentary.” With Home for Life Gordon established the direction he would take for the next four decades, making cinéma vérité films that investigate and critique society by documenting the unfolding lives of real people. 

At Kartemquin, Gordon created a legacy that is an inspiration for young filmmakers and a home where they can make high-quality, social-issue documentaries. Gordon currently executive produces and works creatively on all of our current productions. Kartemquin’s best known film, Hoop Dreams (1994), executive produced by Gordon, was released theatrically to unprecedented critical acclaim. The film follows two inner-city high school basketball players for five years as they pursue their NBA dreams. Its many honors include: the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, Chicago Film Critics Award – Best Picture, Los Angeles Film Critics Association – Best Documentary and an Academy Award Nomination. 

About Kartemquin Films
Sparking democracy through documentary since 1966, Kartemquin is a collaborative center empowering filmmakers who create documentaries that foster a more engaged and just society.

The organization’s films have received four Academy Award ® nominations and won several major prizes, including six Emmys, four Peabody Awards, multiple Independent Spirit, IDA, PGA and DGA awards, and duPont-Columbia and Robert F. Kennedy journalism awards. Kartemquin is recognized as a leading advocate for independent public media, and has helped hundreds of artists via its filmmaker development programs that help further grow the field, such as KTQ Labs, Diverse Voices in Docs, and the acclaimed KTQ Internship.

Kartemquin is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization based in Chicago.


Patricia Aufderheide
Founder, Center for Media & Social Impact
American University

Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She founded the School’s Center for Media & Social Impact, where she continues as Senior Research Fellow. She is also affiliate faculty in the School of International Service and the History department at American University, and a member of the Film and Media Arts division in the School of Communication. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago), with Peter Jaszi; Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press), and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press). She has been a Fulbright Research Fellow twice, in Brazil (1994-5) and Australia (2017). She is also a John Simon Guggenheim fellow (1994) and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival among others. Aufderheide has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the George Stoney award for service to documentary from the University Film and Video Association in 2015, the International Communication Association’s 2010 for Communication Research as an Agent of Change Award, Woman of Vision award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association and the Scholarship and Preservation Award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association.

FRIDAY, June 28

9:15am – 10:15am
Breakfast Plenary
Panel: Trust, Journalism and Media Literacy

Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

To paraphrase Thomas Jefferson, an informed citizenry is vital for a free society to thrive. And yet, in today’s hypersonic media cycle, separating news from noise is becoming all the more challenging. What role can news producers play in elevating the value of a professional press? What steps can consumers take to locate reliable content? What is the connection between trust in the news media and media literacy? Join NewseumED for a discussion with experts in journalism and education working to support an empowered, engaged electorate. Leave with a greater understanding of how journalism outlets consider issues of trust and how media literacy can empower communities.


Tracie Potts
Washington Correspondent
NBC News Channel

Tracie Potts is a Washington correspondent for NBC News Channel, the affiliate division of NBC News. She reports on the federal government, based on Capitol Hill. Her live and taped updates are seen daily on “Early Today,” CNBC and more than 150 local affiliates throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Asia. She has reported for NBC for more than 20 years.  

Before specializing in political news, Tracie focused on medical research and federal health policy. She began her career as a local health reporter at WAFF 48 News in Huntsville, Alabama. Prior to joining NBC, she was an anchor and reporter at local NBC and ABC stations in Alabama and Tennessee. Tracie was a 2017 National Fellow (and now board member) with the Center for Health Journalism. Her Fellowship project “Forgotten Voices” included 15 reports about the impact of the uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act on families across America. The project was honored with a Dateline Award from the DC chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Tracie has been a fellow of the National Press Foundation, the Poynter Institute and the Journalism Center on Children and Families. She taught journalism at Knoxville College and Biola University and volunteers with The News Literacy Project, sharing her journalism experiences with middle and high school students around the world on a digital platform. She earned bachelor and master of science degrees from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Michael Freedman
School of Media and Public Affairs
George Washington University

In a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Michael Freedman has served as general manager of CBS Radio Network News, managing editor for the Broadcast Division of United Press International, leadership press secretary to the Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, vice president of Communications for The George Washington University, GW professor of Media and Public Affairs and executive director of the university’s Global Media Institute.

Over the course of his career, Freedman has collaborated on programming with such icons as Walter Cronkite, Marvin Kalb, Tony Bennett, Ernie Harwell, Robert Trout, Richard C. Hottelet, Dan Rather, Charles Osgood and Abba Eban. During his tenure at GW, Freedman has also forged groundbreaking partnerships with CNN, The National Press Club, POLITICO and The Newseum in Washington, D.C.

Freedman is co-author of “The Broadcast Voice Handbook” and a contributing author to “Broadcasting Through Crisis,” “Responsible Journalism” and “The Encyclopedia of Journalism.” He is a member of The Newseum Educator Advisory Team and serves on the boards of The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, the RTDNA Washington, D.C. Area Chapter, and The Radio History Society.

Stephanie Brumsey
Producer, Facebook Live
Thomson Reuters

Stephanie studied broadcast journalism at Stony Brook University. She began her career covering high school sports on Long Island before landing a major network job. From there, Stephanie set her sights on Thomson Reuters, and when a position that fit her skill set became available, she jumped on the opportunity. Stephanie’s days differ drastically depending on the newsworthy activity of the world. It’s her job to gather interesting material, and disseminate it in ways that are easy for people to process. Stephanie works to find new angles and information that will give Thomson Reuters the upper hand in knowledge distribution.

Ray Suarez
Co-Host, “World Affairs”

Journalist and author Ray Suarez is the co-host of World Affairs, produced by the World Affairs Council of Northern California and presented by KQED-FM. Suarez recently completed an appointment as the McCloy Visiting Professor of American Studies at Amherst College. From 2013-2016 he was the host of Al Jazeera America’s daily news program, Inside Story. Before coming to AJAM, Suarez spent 14 years as a correspondent and anchor at public television’s nightly newscast, The PBS NewsHour, where he rose to become chief national correspondent. Suarez came to The NewsHour from six-and-a-half years as the Washington-based host of NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Along with his years of daily deadline journalism, Suarez has done extensive work in long-form broadcast storytelling.

In 2004, and again in 2008, Suarez moderated presidential candidates debates broadcast on PBS, Univision, and HDnet. Suarez is also an award winning journalist, author, and Media Fellow. Suarez holds a BA in African History, from New York University, an MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, a Distinguished Alumnus of the College of Arts and Sciences at NYU, and holds 15 honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across America.


Barbara McCormack
Vice President of Education
Freedom Forum Institute

Barbara McCormack is vice president of education at the Freedom Forum Institute. McCormack leads the team responsible for creating NewseumED: quality, educational resources and programs on First Amendment freedoms and media literacy. Through on-site and virtual classes and its website, NewseumED reaches 10 million students.

McCormack is a sought-after speaker on media literacy education, navigating the challenges of a free press, and facilitating difficult classroom conversations. In 2017, she was invited to provide media literacy training for students and adults nationally and internationally, including for the Senate Youth Leadership Program, winners of the Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship Program Award (Poland), Chautauqua Institution, MisinfoCon (England) and Reuters. She led workshops at conferences by the American Alliance of Museums, National Council for the Social Studies and National Association of Media Literacy Education.

12:45pm – 2:15pm
Box Lunch Plenary
Student Voice Showcase
PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs

Annenberg Theater
555 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Join PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (SRL) at the Newseum on Friday, June 28 for a celebration of youth voice and panel discussion with students and Hari Sreenivasan, anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend and a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour.

Twenty-six of the country’s brightest, up-and-coming storytellers will gather to talk about the future of journalism and how diverse youth voices play a critical role in healthy news ecosystems and keeping local communities informed. These SRL students are traveling to Washington D.C. for the program’s annual academy, a week-long immersive experience in journalism and video production.


Hari Sreenivasan
Anchor, PBS NewsHour Weekend
Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour

Hari Sreenivasan is the anchor of PBS NewsHour Weekend, a senior correspondent for PBS NewsHour and host of the national public television series SciTech Now. Previously, the Emmy-winning journalist worked for CBS News, reporting regularly on the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS Sunday Morning. Before that, he served as an anchor and correspondent for ABC News, reporting for ABC News Now, World News Tonight, Nightline and anchoring World News Now.

About PBS Student Reporting Labs

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs connect students with an innovative video journalism curriculum and a network of public broadcasting mentors to develop digital media, critical thinking and communication skills while producing original news reports from a youth perspective.