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International Discussion Series: Building a Global Student Square: Empowering Young Media Makers

Young people are telling stories all over the world and their tools are more powerful than ever before. But there’s one problem: They’re not connected. Global Student Square offers young people a chance to connect, collaborate, create and publish stories with common themes and uncommon perspectives. Come and hear about how Beatrice Motamedi is working to help millennials make media and show the world their world.
Beatrice Motamedi is a child of diaspora, a student of poetry, and a journalist who turns classrooms into newsrooms. Born in Paris, her American story began when she was seven years old, arriving at the port of Boston with her Iranian-French family. Motamedi was a Stegner Fellow in Stanford’s Creative Writing program and later became a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, UPI and WebMD. She then decided to walk the talk of diversity by working in inner-city schools. Twelve-hour days in the company of 15-year-old immigrants from Mexico, Yemen, and Hong Kong transformed her. Since then, Motamedi has developed student-run publications and trained teachers in East Oakland, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Ha Noi, Vietnam. Her students at Oakland Technical High School, Castlemont High School, The Urban School of San Francisco and the Student Voice Project have won more than 200 state and national awards. A Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and California credentialed teacher, she codirects Newsroom by the Bay, a multimedia program for high school journalists. Her work has been published in the International Herald-Tribune, Newsweek, Salon, and two literary anthologies. She is currently a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow.



Tuesday, April 28, 2015. 11:45 AM


Bechtel International Center


Bechtel International Center


All are welcome!
Lunch will be served at 11:45am