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Nolan Higdon Faculty Profile

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Nolan  Higdon

Lecturer

Department of History

Dr. Nolan Higdon is an author and university lecturer of history and media studies. Higdon’s areas of concentration include youth culture, news media history, and critical media literacy. He sits on the boards of the Action Coalition for Media Education and Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. His most recent publications include The Anatomy of Fake News from University of California Press (2020) and United States of Distraction with Mickey Huff from City Lights Publishers. He is co-host of the Along the Line podcast with “Dr. Dreadlocks” Nicholas Baham III, and a longtime contributor to Project Censored’s annual book, Censored. In addition, he has been a contributor to Truthout and Counter-punch; and a guest commentator for The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous television news outlets.

 

Affiliations:

Union for Democratic Communications                   Steering Committee                             2016-2020

Northwest Alliance for Alternative                            Board Member                                     2016-Present   

Media and Education

Global Critical Media Literacy Project                      Co-Founder/Coordinator                        2014-2016

Media Freedom Foundation                                       Board Member                                     2014-Present

ACME: Action Coalition for Media Education          Secretary & Board Member                       2014-Present

Project Censored                                                        Critical Media Literacy Officer              2012-Present

Fall Semester 2020
Course #SecCourse TitleDaysFromToLocationCampus
COMM 20201Communication, Media, CultureARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus
COMM 32601Social Media & Social ChangeARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus
COMM 49701Issues in COMMARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus
HIST 48801Education and Amer DemocracyARRWEB-ONLINEOnline Campus

®  Books

o   The Anatomy of Fake News: Critical News Literacy Education, University of California Press, 2020.

o   United States of Distraction Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It). City Lights Publishing, 2019.

®  Electronic Articles

o    "The Bernie Blackout Is Real, and These Screenshots Prove It," co-authored with Mickey Huff, Truthout, January 30, 2020.

o    "As Democracy Crumbles, Silence Speaks Volumes," co-authored with Mickey Huff, Counter Punch, January 10, 2020.

o   “Scandalgate: Weapon of Mass Distraction,” co-authored with Mickey Huff, Project Censored, November 25, 2019

o   “Follow The Youth Left: Dissecting The Corporate News Media’s “Moderate Electability” Farce,” co-authored with Mickey Huff, Demcast, September 23, 2019

o   “Has Media Literacy Been Hijacked?,” co-authored with Ben Boyington, Project Censored, March 19, 2019

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

o   “Disinfo Wars: Alex Jones War on Your Mind,” Project Censored, 2013

®  Articles

o    “What is Fake News?: A Foundational Question for Developing Effective Critical News Literacy Education.” Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 29, No. 1, January 2020.

o   "Rallying Over Balloting: The Origins of Millennial Activism." Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 8, no. 1 (2019): 3.

®  Book Chapters

o   “The New American Authoritarianism:  How the Corporate Media Normalized Racism in 2016,” co-author with Nicholas Baham, Censored 2018. Huff, Mickey, and Andy Lee Roth, eds. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2017.

o   “Post-Truth Dystopia: Fake News, Alternative Facts, and Russian Hackers,” Huff, Mickey, and Andy Lee Roth, eds. Censored 2018. New York, NY: Seven Stories Press, 2017.

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.

®  Screenplay

o   “United States of Distraction: Fighting The Fake News Invasion,” Screenplay co-writer and expert, Media Freedom Foundation, 2019

®  Dissertation

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

®  Thesis

o   "The Politics of Desertion," master’s thesis, San Diego State University, 2012.

 

 

Conference Panelist

  • “United States of Distraction,” Union for Democratic Communication, Hayward, CA, 2019.
  • “Critical Versus Acritical Media Literacy Curriculum: The Ideological Debate Over Corporate Influence in The Classroom—,” Union for Democratic Communication, Hayward, CA, 2019.
  • “In Pod We Trust: The Podcaster Predicament (Decolonization and Digital Colonization),” Union for Democratic Communication, Hayward, CA, 2019.
  • “The Anatomy of Fake News,” Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA, 2019.
  • “The Anatomy of Fake News,” International Critical Media Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA, 2019.
  • “Today’s Fake News is Tomorrow’s Fake History,” Howard Zinn Book Fair, San Francisco, CA, 2018.
  • “Fake-News”: The Trojan Horse for Silencing Alternative News and Reestablishing Corporate News Dominance,” Media Freedom Foundation Summit 2.0, Kentfield, CA, 2018.
  • “Fighting Fake News”, Third International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2018.
  • “News and Media Censorship: Project Censored’s Top 25 Censored Stories,” Association of Alternative News Media, San Diego, CA, 2018.
  • “Fighting Fake News: Critical Media Literacy in Professional Development,” Union for Democratic Communications, Chicago, IL, 2018.
  • “Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy Across The Curriculum,” International Critical Media Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA, 2018.
  • “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.
  • “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, 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

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