Town Hall Series

This is not normal - Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19 Town Hall Series

All are welcome to join us for a series of town hall discussions that focus on the diverse facets of our lives and communities impacted by COVID-19.

Upcoming Town Halls

Filtering Facts: The Critical Consumption of Mass Messaging

The proliferation of media outlets—print, broadcast, and digital—has provided access to vast sources of information—to the "news". This expansive growth in information output also means that traditional editorial processes may or may not be exercised in what we watch, read, and/or listen to daily. It is left to the individual to be a critical consumer of media—to access varying sources to locate and parse the truth. What is the meaning of critical media literacy and what is its importance in a hyperpolarized media environment? What is the impact of the mass consumption of misinformation/disinformation? How do we assess the veracity of the media we consume? Join our panel of experts to discuss these topics and more.


Andrew Lotz - Assistant Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences | Senior Lecturer and Academic Advisor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh

Brenton J. Malin - Associate Professor, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

Kevin M. Smith - Director of Undergraduate Studies in Broadcast, Film & Media Studies, University of Pittsburgh

Tara J. Yosso - Professor, Graduate School of Education, University of California, Riverside


Ron Idoko - Diversity and Multicultural Programs Manager, Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Victoria Garner - Public Relations and Fundraising Coordinator, Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise (PACE) | Secretary, Pittsburgh Black Media Federation


Previous Town Halls

The Dying of the Vine: US Black Maternal Mortality

May 5, 2020

Watch a recording of The Dying of the Vine: US Black Maternal Mortality

Health, Law Enforcement and the Media

May 13, 2020

Watch a recording of the Health, Law Enforcement and the Media Town Hall below.

Xenophobia and Hate Crimes

May 27, 2020

Watch a recording of the Xenophobia and Hate Crimes Town Hall below.

I Can't Breathe: From Agony to Activism

June 3, 2020

Watch a recording of the I Can't Breathe Town Hall below.

Codes of Belief & COVID-19: Faith in an Age of Pandemic

June 10, 2020

Watch a recording of the Codes of Belief & COVID-19 Town Hall below.

Holes in the Safety Net: The Forgotten Needs of People with Disabilities Under Quarantine

June 24, 2020

Watch a recording of the Holes in the Safety Net Town Hall below.

Toxic Recipe: The Historical Ingredients for American Inequity

July 8, 2020

Watch a recording of the Toxic Recipe Town Hall below.

Polarized Pandemics: The Politics of COVID-19 and Racism

August 12, 2020

Watch a recording of the Polarized Pandemics Town Hall below.

Violence on the Rise: The Troubled Relationship between COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

September 9, 2020

Watch a recording of the Violence on the Rise Town Hall below.

Education in a Time of COVID: Safety, Access and Equity

September 23, 2020

Watch a recording of the Education in the Time of COVID Town Hall below.

Neighborhood as Nexus: Building Healthy and Resilient Communities

October 7, 2020

Watch a recording of the Neighborhood as Nexus Town Hall below.

Electoral Trauma: Prescription for Prevention

October 30, 2020

Watch a recording of the Electoral Trauma Town Hall below.

Race and Soul Searching After Election 2020

November 19, 2020

Watch a recording of the Race and Soul Searching Town Hall below.

Race, Justice, and Politics After the Capitol Seige

January 18, 2021

Watch a recording of the Race, Justice, and Politics Town Hall below.