By Janel Shoun on 9/22/2011
Debi Taylor Tate, former FCC commissioner and current executive-in-residence for the Department of Communication and Journalism, continues her national work to promote healthy media use by children and families through an upcoming visit to the White House, a Tennessean editorial and a presentation at the Tennessee Economic Summit on Women.
On Thursday, Sept. 22, Tate was featured with a spotlight editorial in the Tennessean newspaper on social media education in public schools. Tate argued that “digital media literacy should be a part of every curriculum in every school in the country.”
In October, Tate will be busy in her role as co-chair of Healthy MEdia: Commission for Positive Images of Women and Girls along with Oscar-winning actress Geena Davis. Early in the month she is expected to visit the White House to discuss several initiatives for women and girls.
And on Oct. 24, she will be part of a panel at the Economic Summit on Women discussing “Miss Representation,” a documentary film intended to inspire women to find their own voice and power. The film includes comments by Condoleezza Rice, Katie Curric and Geena Davis on the loneliness of being a woman at the top as well as comments from teens on the mixed messages they get in the media.
Tate, along with Beth Curley, CEO of Nashville Public Television; Linda Garceau, CEO of Centerstone; and Dr. Stacy Smith, associate professor of the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism University of Southern California,will discuss why women are under-represented and often misrepresented in the media and what can be done to change this.
Lipscomb University will present a free screening of “Miss Representation” as part of the HumanDocs Film Series on Oct. 26, at 8:30 p.m. in Ward Hall.