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Understanding Media Studies: “Media Advocacy for Humanitarian Disarmament: From Landmines to Killer Robots”

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UMSLecturePoster_CroppedJoin the School of Media Studies for a discussion with Mary Wareham, Jody Williams, and Peter Asaro.

Chaired by Dr. Peter Asaro, this panel discussion by Nobel Peace Laureate Ms. Jody Williams and Mary Wareham of Human Rights Watch will look at the evolving nature of media outreach and advocacy for humanitarian disarmament.

Monday, October 20
John L. Tishman Auditorium
University Center
63 5th Ave

Williams and Wareham have collaborated together over the past twenty years on initiatives to ban antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions. They are co-founders of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots (, a global coalition of non-governmental organizations that is seeking a preemptive ban on weapons that would select and attack targets without meaningful human control.

The panelists will consider how media has reacted to and covered the challenges posed by autonomous weapons and call for a ban as well as the similarities and differences to media outreach and advocacy for campaigning against landmines and cluster munitions. They will discuss how the Internet and social media have changed the landscape, and also how new media has changed the campaign’s approaches to mainstream media and journalists.

This event will be livestreamed.

Sponsored by the School of Media Studies.

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