About the NRMLC Team

Carolyn headshotCarolyn Fortuna, Ph.D., is the NRMLC program chair. She’s on the faculty at Rhode Island College. Her areas of interest are secondary English education, ecojustice, sports media analysis, and feminist theory. Carolyn is associated with the Media Education Lab, NCTE, NEPCA, and NELMS.

Executive Board for the Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference

Belinha headshotBelinha De Abreu, Ph.D. is affiliated with UNESCO and Sacred Heart University. Her areas of interest are media literacy education K-12, information literacy, digital literacy, and privacy & digital fluency. Belinha is associated with NAMLE, NTC, ISTE, ACME, ALA, AASL, and IAMCR.

LLiz headshotiz Deslauriers joins the NRMLC  from the Providence Film Festival. Her areas of interest are children’s media, copywriting, scriptwriting, communications, and film production. Liz is associated with the Media Education Lab and Hasbro.

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Peter Phipps is a  journalism instructor at URI, a media consultant, and a retired Providence Journal editor. His areas of interest are the digital revolution, media law, and the history of American journalism. He is affiliated with the Media Education Lab.

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Kathleen Currie Smith works in the Ledyard (CT) Public School system, where she is a library/ media specialist. Her affiliations include NAMLE, CASL, AASL. ALA, MSLA, and ISTE.

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Bill Yousman, Ph.D. is on the faculty at Sacred Heart University. His areas of interest are media and ideology, media and democracy, race and representation, and critical cultural studies. Bill is on the ACME board.

Morgan Jaffee is our social media communicator. You can listen to her media literacy podcasts at Burst Your Bubble.