On Friday, March 4, more than 75 Upper School students and professional presenters led over 30 workshop sessions at this year’s World Affairs Seminar: “Social and Mass Media: Is Your Feed On?”
Students, faculty, parents, and alumni explored the role of media in the world today, beginning with the Emily Fisher keynote speaker, Charlene Li (K ’84). Li, a social media expert, consultant, and author of the New York Times bestseller Open Leadership, spoke about redefining leadership in the Facebook era and argued that today’s leaders need to adopt an open leadership approach in order to be effective.
Everyone also reflected on this year’s CK Community Read, Feed by M.T. Anderson, in an interactive panel. Students shared their thoughts on this dystopian novel in which television and the Internet are connected directly into people’s brains at infancy.
Venture investor, entrepreneur, and public speaker Chris Sacca took a break from the TED conference in Long Beach, Calif., to speak with students via Google chat. Among his many claims to fame, Sacca has served as Head of Special Initiatives at Google, was one of the first investors in Twitter, and now works with Twitter as a strategic advisor.
Other guest presenters included Upper School Science Department Head Greg Miller, business analyst Scott Aikens (C ’84), online marketing professional Randy Lawrence, University of Michigan professor Elliot Soloway, and University of Michigan freshmen Mei Li, Sen Yuan Zhong, Cherry Tolbert, Ozi Uduma, and Hannah Montgomery (all CK ’10).
Student-led sessions explored topics such as pop culture, satirical news shows, advertising, text messaging, the role of social media in politics, media manipulation, media in other countries, and online identity.