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Nolan Higdon Faculty Profile

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Nolan  Higdon

Lecturer

Department of History

Dr. Nolan Higdon is a professor of English, Communication, and History of the US and Latin America in the San Francisco Bay Area. His academic work focuses on nationalism, propaganda, and critical media literacy education. His dissertation titled “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy In Higher Education: Turning Social Justice Theory Into Practice,” identified effective methods for teaching critical media literacy in higher education. He sits on the boards of the Media Freedom Foundation, Sacred Heart University's Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program, the Union for Democratic Communications Steering Committee, and the Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. Higdon is a co-founder for the Global Critical Media Literacy Project. He has contributed chapters to Censored 2013-2018 as well as Stephen Lendman’s Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks World War III (2014). He has published numerous articles on media and propaganda including “Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind (2013),” “Millennial Media Revolution (2014),” and “Justice For Sale (2015).” With Dr. Nicholas Baham III and Desiree McSwain, he hosts The Project Cnesored Show on Pacifica Radio. In addition, he has appeared as a guest on numerous national radio and television programs.

Fall Quarter 2017
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampusTextbook Info
COMM 300402Quant Comm Research MethodsARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
COMM 353002Interview Principl & PracticesARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books
COMM 488001Conflict ManagementTH6:00PM9:30PMMI-3060Hayward Campus View Books
HIST 350005History of CaliforniaARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus View Books

Book Chapters

o   “Millennial DeMockracy: The Corporate Media’s War on Social Justice,” The Global Critical Media Literacy Project, GCML.org, 2016.

o   “Junk Elections and The Façade of Democracy: The Corporate Media’s 2016 War on Social Justice,” Huff, Mickey, and Andy Lee Roth, eds. Censored 2017: Fortieth Anniversary Edition. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2016.

o   “A Vision for Transformative Civic Engagement: The Global Critical Media Literacy Project,” Huff, Mickey, and Andy Lee Roth, eds. Censored 2016: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2014-15. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2015.

o   “A Vast Wasteland: The Ongoing Reign of Junk Food News and News Abuse,” Huff, Mickey, and Andy Lee Roth, eds. Censored 2016: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2014-15. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2015.

o   “Ukraine: Another Step in Capitalism’s Global Dominance Strategies and Power Inside the Transnational Global Corporate Class and US-NATO Global Empire,” Stephen Lendman, ed., Flashpoint In Ukraine: How The US Drive For Hegemony Risks World War III.” Clarity Press, 2014.

o   “Mea Culpa, Mi Amore: Sorry for all the Junk Food News and News Abuse,” Huff, M. and Roth, A.L. eds., Censored 2015: Inspiring We the People; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2013-2014. Seven Stories Press, 2014.

o    “Can’t Touch This: Junk Food and News Abuse” Huff, M. and Roth, A.L. eds., Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times; The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2012-13. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2013.

 

Electronic Articles

o   “Justice For Sale part 1-5,” Project Censored, 2015

o   “The Millennial Media Revolution part 1-4,” Thought Catalog, 2014.

o   “KPFA Is Supposed To Be Against Greed And Exclusion, And So, What Their Directors Did Against College Students Is Revolting,” Thought Catalog, 2014

o   "Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind," Project Censored, 2013.

®  Miscellaneous

“Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy in Higher Education: Turning Social Justice Theory into Practice,” doctoral dissertation, San Francisco State University, 2017

“The Global Critical Media Literacy Educator’s Resource Guide,” co-editor, 2015

Conference Panelist

®  “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy In Higher Education: Turning Social Justice Theory Into Practice,” Critical Media Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA, 2017.

®   “Power Dynamics And Problem Solving: Engaging Both To Explore Civic And Community          Engagement,” Media Freedom Summit, Cotati, CA, 2016.

®  “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy: Turning Social Justice Theory into Practice,” Union      for Democratic Communications Conference: Troubled Waters, Detroit, Michigan, 2016.

®  “9/11: A Teachable Moment: Social Justice Pedagogy in a Post-9/11 World,” 9/11 Film Festival,          Oakland, CA, 2016

®   “What Can Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions Teach Each Other About Social        Justice?,” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), San Francisco, CA, 2016

®  “Social Justice Pedagogy in The Digital Age,” Action In Media Education Summit, Fairfield, CT,       2016

®  “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy in Higher Education,” Leadership in Equity,       Achievement, and Praxis Colloquium, San Francisco State University, 2016

®  “Global Critical Media Literacy Project,” English Council Of California Two-Year Colleges   Conference, San Jose, CA 2015

®  “Re-Inventing Media and Systems That Serve Communities and those who live and work there    by Creating Systems that Empower Potential,” What’s Possible Conference, San Francisco,        CA, 2015

®  “Media Education and News 2.0: Solutions for the Digital Generation,” Union for Democratic    Communications: Circuits of Struggle Conference, University of Toronto, 2015

®  “An Expert Educational Panel on The Drug War,” Students for Sensible Drug Policy Club Event,          University of California, Davis, CA, 2015

®  “Muzzling Investigative Work,” Holding Power to Account Conference, University of Winnipeg,        2014

®  “Screening and Q&A of Project Censored” Law and Disorder Conference, Portland State       University, 2014

Grants and Certificates

®  Travel Fund Recipient, San Francisco State University, 2017

®  Quality of Teaching and Learning (QOLT) Certification for Online and Hybrid Courses, California         State University East Bay, 2016

®  Online & Hybrid Course Quality Transformation Grant recipient, California State University East Bay, 2016

®  Faculty Development Fund Recipient, California State University Maritime Academy, 2016

®  Quarter To Semester Course Conversion Grant Recipient, CSU East Bay, 2015

®  Faculty Development Fund Recipient, Diablo Valley College, 2015

Media Appearances

  • Greg Buckley, “History professor fights against news censorship,” Las Positas College Express, March 17, 2017.  
  • “Facebook begins ‘fake news’ crackdown with ‘disputed’ story tag roll out,” Russia Today, March 5, 2017.
  • Jonah Engel Bromwich And Bonnie Wertheim, “Does Bigfoot Have a Soul? A Radio Host’s Audience Ponders,” New York Times, February 20, 2017.
  • Challenging the Rhetoric with Cheri Roberts                Podcast                2016
  • Out of This World                                                  Radio Program 2015
  • Populist Dialogues                                      Television Show         2014
  • KBOO Wednesday                                                 Radio Program 2014   
  • Kevin Barratt’s Truth Jihad Radio                          Radio Program           2013
  • Project Censored The Movie                                    Film Documentary     2012

  • Project Censored Show                                                                                                             Radio Host                               2014-Present
  • Union for Democratic Communications                                                                                       Steering Committee                  2016-Present
  • Northwest Alliance for Alternative Media and Education                                                                Board Member                         2016-Present                        
  • Media Literacy and Digital Culture Graduate Program for Sacred Heart University                           National Adviser                       2016-Present
  • Global Critical Media Literacy Project                                                                                          Coordinator                              2014-2016
  • Media Freedom Foundation                                                                                                        Board Member                          2014-Present
  • ACME: Action Coalition for Media Education                                                                                 Secretary & Board Member         2014-2016
  • Project Censored                                                                                                                      Critical Media Literacy Officer           2012-Present

 

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