The Peril and Promise of Growing Up Digital: A Youth Perspective

Tue, Apr 1, 2014 | 6:00 PM | Plangere Writing Center (Murray Hall, Room 302)

Free and open to the Rutgers University community and the general public. Click here for directions to the Plangere Writing Center, located in Murray Hall.


The Tyler Clementi Center’s Digital Lives Project working group presents a panel discussion focusing on the short film, Noah, directed by Patrick Cederberg and Walter Woodman. Debuting at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the film follows its eponymous protagonist, Noah Lennox, as he navigates his relationship with his girlfriend, Amy Schultz. Remarkably, the action of this 17-minute film takes place entirely on Noah’s computer—thus providing viewers with a “fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age” (TIFF).


Amani Al-Khatahtbeh is a recent Rutgers graduate with a BA in political science and Middle Eastern studies, with a concentration in global politics and a minor in women’s and gender studies. She is the founder of MuslimGirl, a blog and organization aimed at promoting the place of Muslim women in our society and eliminating stereotypes surrounding Islam. A Lloyd Gardner Fellow, she has conducted various on-the-ground research on the Arab Spring and is interested in pursuing a career related to Middle Eastern foreign policy.

Josh Kelly is currently an undergraduate student in the School of Communications and Information at Rutgers. He is a DJ and the general manager at 90.3 The Core, and hosts a radio show that discusses twenty-first century cultural production and its effects on musical cultures. He has written music reviews for The Daily Targum, and is currently researching information policy and identity production in the age of the Internet.

Jeremy LaMaster is completing his master’s degree in women’s and gender studies at Rutgers University. In addition to serving as a lecturer for the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. Jeremy works at the Institute for Women’s Leadership on various programs including the Leadership Scholars program, the Girls Realizing Opportunities in the World (GROW) program, and the Community Leadership, Action, and Service Project. He holds a BA in women’s studies and BS in biology, both from the Pennsylvania State University

Srutika Sabu is a recent Rutgers graduate with a degree in biotechnology and minors in biochemistry and women’s and gender studies. For her Social Action Project at the Institute for Women’s Leadership, she designed and implemented a series of art workshops merging two of her interests: art and women’s health activism. A scholarly article on this project is forthcoming in the inaugural issue of Barnard College’s Athena Institute journal On Our Terms, which explores undergraduate women’s leadership.


Mary Hawkesworth is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies. Trained as a political scientist specializing in political philosophy, feminist theory, and philosophy of science, Professor Hawkesworth’s scholarship encompasses both the critical interpretation of texts and the interpretation of contemporary social and political practices. Her recent research focuses on embodied power, women and politics; gender, globalization and democratization; contemporary feminist activism, and the politics of inquiry within the discipline of political science and the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. Since joining the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Rutgers in July 1998,  she has served as the director of the Center for American Women and Politics (1998-2001); the director of the Graduate Program in Women and Gender Studies (2001-2004); and chair of the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies (2007-2010). In 2005, she wrote a successful proposal to bring Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society, the leading journal in feminist scholarship, to Rutgers and has served as editor-in-chief for two terms (2005-2015).


The Digital Lives Project investigates the locations and practices of new media and social media in daily life for young adults. The working group’s activities draw particular attention to issues of privacy, gender and sexual identity formations, cyberbullying, online communities, and emotional intelligence among youth coming of age in the digital era.


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