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Introducing Courageous RI featuring Renee Hobbs and Pam Steager

Updated: Oct 5, 2023

Welcome to the first episode of the Courageous RI podcast, the show that finds common ground, builds media literacy skills, and encourages curiosity, for the people of Rhode Island. Join us, at

In this episode, Renee Hobbs and Pam Steager of the Media Education Lab explore, discuss, and answer the following questions:

What is Courageous RI?

Why is media literacy a promising practice for addressing violence prevention?

Renee Hobbs is an internationally-recognized authority on digital and media literacy education. Through community and global service and as a researcher, teacher, advocate and media professional, Hobbs has worked to advance the quality of digital and media literacy education in the United States and around the world. She is the Founder and Co-Director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island, whose mission is to improve the quality of media literacy education through research and community service.

Pam is an expert in media literacy education. Her thirty-year career in the education and human service fields included directing substance abuse and violence prevention programs in school systems, prisons and communities in RI and MA, which led to her interest in media literacy. She authored a newspaper column for the Providence Phoenix for 15 years, has produced videos and community access television, contributed to blogs and podcasts, and has performed as an actress, storyteller, and stand-up comedian. With co-authors Renee Hobbs and Liz Deslauriers, she wrote The Library Screen Scene, a book on film and media programs in school and public libraries, published by Oxford University Press in 2019.


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