SXSWedu Announces First 2018 Keynote, Dr. Danah Boyd
You may be thinking it’s still September, and barely even fall. Well we all know that once the holidays are upon us time flies like nobodies business. SXSWedu will be here before you know it. This year’s education festival that serves as the preamble to SXSW, takes place March 5th-8th at the Austin Convention Center.
The festival is four days of learning, keynotes, amazing sandboxes and hands on demos, a trade show, great food, networking and even parties. It’s the ultimate hipster meets educator event. Last year’s SXSWedu Keynote, Christopher Emdin, the author of “For White Folks Who Teach In The Hood, and The Rest Of Ya’ll Too” brought down the house and drove some really deep discussion. Emdin, well known educator and social media presence, related education, race in the classroom and the divide, to Tribe Called Quest lyrics. You really should catch it here.
On Thursday SXSWedu revealed the first keynote speaker for SXSWedu 2018 and it’s Dr. Danah Boyd.
Boyd joins SXSW EDU’s roster of Featured Speakers, including actress Allison Williams, edX CEO Anant Agarwal, Achieve President Derrick Feldmann, educator and activist José Luis Vilson, President and CEO of Digital Promise Karen Cator, Managing Director of Chicago Beyond Liz Dozier, and Senior Vice President for Education at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Mario R. Rossero.
In her SXSW EDU keynote, What Hath We Wrought?, Dr. boyd will leverage her extensive research on media literacy and explore the timely issues surrounding fake news, media manipulation, media literacy, radicalized racism and its resulting effect on society and our youth. She will also discuss the role of educators, education and technology in addressing today’s challenges in interacting with media.
“A decade ago, my collaborators and I imagined a participatory culture which empowered young people to strategically use technology to engage with the world around them,” said Dr. boyd. “Through a mixture of peer learning, self-learning and formal education, we saw many young people develop sophisticated understandings of how to use social media to their advantage. Yet, not all of the practices that emerged as a result are inherently positive. From the rise of pro-Ana communities to the trolling associated with #Gamergate, to the strategic manipulation of media for racist agendas, we’ve seen an unhealthy, cruel, and socially devastating participatory culture emerge.”
“SXSW EDU is committed to providing a forum for the important conversations and issues impacting our community,” said Greg Rosenbaum, SXSW EDU General Manager. “danah boyd address both the good and bad that has stemmed from youth engagement with digital media and how the education community can take a measured approach to support students on their journey to become discerning and responsible citizens.”
Dr. boyd is the founder and president of Data & Society, a research institute focused on understanding the role of data-driven technologies in society, a principal researcher at Microsoft Research, and a visiting professor at New York University. She is a published author and her most recent books titled “It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens” and “Participatory Culture in a Networked Age” both examine the intersection of everyday life and social media.
To learn more about danah and other previously announced SXSW EDU speakers, please visit the speakers page.