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Social Media Literacy: Engaging in the Personal and Political

July 16-27, 2018

Every day millions of people produce and engage in dialogue through social media platforms. With this in mind, it is crucial to consider the influence of social media on how people create, critique, and circulate social and political messages. In this program, we analyze the use of social media as a tool to expose and evaluate, as well as challenge, deeply-entrenched narratives about race, gender, class, sexual orientation, religion, etc. Most importantly, students will deconstruct and reconstruct social media texts and images in relation to their personal, social, and cultural contexts.

Financial assistance is available for this program.


Tashal Brown is an alumna of Hampshire's James Baldwin Scholar program. While at Hampshire, Tashal studied comparative expressions of black identity through the arts.                                 

Her Division III focused on the politics of Jamaican music and culture in London, England. She earned an M.A. in Africana Studies from the State University of New York at Albany and has presented her work on music, culture, and the politics of social identity at several conferences in the U.S. and the Caribbean.

Tashal is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in education with a focus on curriculum, instruction, and teacher education at Michigan State University. As a former NYC middle and high school teacher, Tashal is committed to fostering the development of educational spaces with an increased capacity for innovative teaching and opportunities for students to engage critically and creatively.

Tashal's research examines what knowledge(s) and ways of being are valued and embodied in the culture, curriculum, and instructional practices within urban schools as well as predominately white educational institutions. More specifically, her work centers on the knowledge and experiences of teachers and students of color by illuminating how personal and external perceptions of their ways of being and knowing impact their experiences within educational spaces. She is currently engaged in a research project that explores the ways in which teaching a course about power, identity, and privilege opens up opportunities for girls of color to individually and collectively make sense of their racial and gendered experiences inside and outside of schools.

2018 Important Deadlines

April 13: Priority Deadline for all completed and submitted applications to receive a 10% tuition discount.

Students who are applying for financial assistance must submit their application by the April 13 priority deadline.

May 4: Deposit Deadline ($450 deposit must be received in order to secure your spot in the program)

May 18: Application Deadline (all application materials must be submitted)

June 1: Payment Deadline (all payments must be submitted)

2018 Payment and Fees

Financial assistance is available for this program. Please indicate if you are in need of assistance on your program application.

Tuition: $2,050
Housing: $450
Meals: $420

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