Hip Hop Journalism and Sex Positive Puppets: Media Adventures in Uganda

Paul Falzone

Starts:  10/14/2015  5:00 PM
Ends: 10/14/2015 6:30 PM
Location: Kotzen
“How can rap music impact public opinion of the President?”
“How much does it cost to buy advertising space on pirated DVDs in Uganda?”
“How can puppets with their pants down prevent the spread of disease?”

Drawing from his five years in East Africa, Paul Falzone Ph.D. will explore the intersection between theory and practice in the production, distribution and research of edutainment and advocacy media. Illustrated with a variety of media clips and stories from the field, this presentation will highlight the work of Peripheral Vision International (PVI), an NGO that produces, distributes and researches media in East Africa. PVI produces the innovative Ugandan news program Newz Beat in which rappers report the news.

Paul Falzone is an award-winning media producer of short and feature length documentaries, television programming, online video, commercials and experimental film. He is the founder and director of Peripheral Vision International, a nonprofit organization that produces, distributes and researches advocacy media in East Africa. He has taught media studies at the undergraduate and graduate level and his writing has appeared in many peer-reviewed journals and academic books. He holds an M.S. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Communication from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, where his research centered on video and advocacy. He divides his time between Brooklyn and Uganda.

There will be a 1 hour talk by Dr. Falzone followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be served.