“Co-generative Dialogue: Encouraging Conversation Beyond the Classroom”

Saturday April 7th: 8 AM – 4 PM with reception to follow.

We are proud to announce our keynote speaker Dr. “Yonty” Jonathan Friesem, Assistant Professor of Communication and Civic Media at Columbia College, Chicago

Dr. Friesem will be presenting on “Digital Empathy: Cogenerative Dialogue Through Media Making.”

With twenty years of experience in media literacy education, Yonty combines his creative work as a media producer with his teaching experience and passionate advocacy for digital empathy every day at Columbia College Chicago. Applying the principles of Human-Centered Design and The Leadership Challenge, Yonty helps his students to develop their creativity and leadership skills, and enhance civic engagement. Yonty received his Ph.d in the joint doctoral program in media education at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. While pursuing his graduate studies at URI, he created media literacy programs for foster youth, co-founded a media initiative with the support of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a  state-wide youth media curriculum called GiveMe5.


We are also proud to announce Dr. Brenton DeBoef  Professor,  Graduate adviser for the Chemistry Department at URI as our plenary speaker. 

“Chemist by day, rocket scientist by night” Professor Brenton DeBoef is Professor and Graduate Adviser in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island. His research focuses are synthesis of molecular probes for Xenon-based MRI and development of methods for synthesis of molecules through C-H activation. Brenton serves as the coordinator for the Rhode Island INBRE Training Core, a statewide program dedicated to expanding Rhode Island’s research infrastructure. He has won many awards including Early Career award from NSF and Pfizer Green chemistry award. He is a patron for the alpha chi sigma (chemistry professional) fraternity and volunteers for Sugar science day for high school girls  and Chemistry girls camp for middle school girls.


Thank you to everyone who attended the 2017 Graduate Student Conference on April 8, 2017!


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