Welcome:

Join us in San Francisco for a joint conference of Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored:

The Point is to Change It: Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action 

* November 1-3, 2013 * Host and sponsor: University of San Francisco’s Department of Media Studies *

With increasingly precarious employment, accelerating ecological degradation, gulfs between the 1% and the 99%, as well as dramatic booms and busts, we need a global media responsive to the 99%. We need rigorous critique of corporate media’s commodification of social life. We need to reject all forms of censorship, systematic information exclusion, and propaganda. We need grounded ideas for democratizing media in all formats and genres. We need media justice.

Together, Union for Democratic Communications and Project Censored hope to contribute to a more democratic society and world by sharing our scholarly and activist projects. We hope you’ll join us.

The point is to change it.

Check out the latest issue of the UDC Newsletter, edited by John Sullivan.

In this issue, Doug Tewksbury remembers his colleague, Niagara University Associate Professor and longtime UDC member, Brian Murphy, who passed away in June. Steering Committee Chair, Michelle Rodino-Colocino suggests some “completely off the wall” ways that you can get involved in UDC. And John Sullivan previews some of the exciting activities and speakers we’re all looking forward to at the UDC/Project Censored joint conference in San Francisco, October 31-November 3. Speakers include: hip-hop journalist Davey D., independent writer and activist, Daniel Ellsberg, and UDC’s 2013 Dallas Smythe Award winner, Dr. Yuezi Zhao (Simon Fraser University). Activities include: a radical labor history tour, a banquet with food and live music from the Steve Carter Group, and a screening of Project Censored the Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News.

 

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We’re a little more than a month away from UDC and Project Censored’s joint 2013 conference — The Point is to Change It: Media Democracy and Democratic Media in Action. If you plan to stay at one of the conference accommodations, we encourage you to make your reservations soon (if you haven’t done so already).

Space is filling up quickly at all accommodations:

  • One block of rooms at the Kabuki Hotel is sold out
  • We have arranged for a second block of rooms at the Kabuki
    • $189/night — to reserve call 415-922-3200 and ask for “UDC Block 2″
  • We’ve also arranged a block at their sister facility, Hotel Tomo
    • $149/night — to reserve call 415-921-4000 and ask for “UDC Block”
  • At the SF City Hostel, we only have 3 beds left in the female room and 1 bed left in the male room
    • $29/night — contact Lydia Fedulow to reserve

Deadlines for reserving rooms in our blocks are also fast approaching:

  • The deadline for reserving a room in the Kabuki block is midnight, October 1.
  • The deadline for reserving a room in the Tomo block is midnight, October 4.

More information about accommodation options for UDC/PC 2013 is available on the conference website’s “Accommodations” page. There are also a number of other nearby hotel accommodations if these do not suit.

Thanks,

The UDC/PC 2013 conference organizing committee

We’re only two months away from the 2013 UDC-Project Censored conference! Here’s an update with some important information you’ll need as you make your travel arrangements to San Francisco.

In the lead-up to the conference, please check back here – udcconference.org – for more updates. We’ll also be regularly updating the UDC Twitter feed and UDC Facebook page in advance of the conference.

Conference Schedule:

We are currently putting together the program schedule which will be sent to attendees and published on this site’s “Program” page within the next few weeks. We had a record number of submissions this year, so conference programming will commence the morning of Friday, Nov. 1 and will continue through mid-day Sunday. Friday morning begins with a plenary speaker and panels will start at 11am. While we wish we could accommodate to every one’s travel schedules we are unable to make special arrangements for individuals to speak on certain days or at certain times only – we hope that you will understand. It would be best for you to make arrangements to be available from the morning of Friday, November 1st, 9 a.m. onwards.

Conference Registration:

The registration fee for the 2013 UDC/PC Conference is a flat rate of $125. Tickets to the UDC/PC 2013 Banquet on Saturday night are $25 each. The banquet will take place in the Maraschi Room at Fromm Hall on the USF campus. It will include catered dinner, music from local bands, dancing, and a cash bar. Conference participants must also be active UDC members. 18-month membership rates range from $35 to $115, based on a sliding scale according to income. Conference registration, membership dues, and banquet tickets can all be purchased on this site’s “Registration” page.

Accommodations:

We have block-booked accommodations at three hotels and one hostel — the Hotel Kabuki, Hotel Tomo, Red Vic and SF Hostel — at a discounted UDC/PC group rate. There are also a number of other nearby hotel accommodations if these do not suit. Information for making reservations is available on this site’s “Accommodations” page (under “Info”).

Jeanne Lynn Hall Memorial Travel Fund:

We are pleased to announce that we were able to waive the conference registration fees for 22 low-income students, activists and international scholars this year! While we wish it were more, we hope that the waiver helps offset at least a portion of associated travel costs. We have started a Jeanne Lynn Hall crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo to help fund these subsidies, so please consider donating.

Sincerely,

The 2013 UDC/PC Steering Committee

We are no longer accepting proposals for UDC/PC 2013

 

Jeanne Lynn Hall, Associate Professor of Film-Video and Media Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, was a long-time advocate and activist for the principles of UDC. She passed away December 23, 2011.

The Jeanne Lynn Hall Memorial Travel Fund provides financial assistance to low-income individuals, students, artists, and activists to attend the Union for Democratic Communications conference. The fund was started by UDC in 2012 as a way to celebrate the life and legacy of Jeanne Lynn Hall, Associate Professor of Communication at Penn State University and longtime supporter of UDC.

We are pleased to announce that we were able to waive the conference registration fees for 22 low-income students, activists and international scholars this year! While we wish it were more, we hope that the waiver helps offset at least a portion of associated travel costs.

This year we conducted a Jeanne Lynn Hall crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo to help fund these subsidies. Thanks to your donations, UDC was able to surpass our $1,500 crowdfunding goal. 100% of these donated funds will be used to subsidize low-income students, researchers, faculty, and activists to be able to attend the 2013 UDC-Project Censored Conference. We had a record number of requests for funding this year, and it is through your generous donation that we are able to make these individuals’ attendance at the conference possible.

Coming soon

Dr. Yuezhi Zhao, Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Global Communication at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University

We are pleased to announce that Professor Yuezhi Zhao is the winner of the 2013 UDC Dallas Smythe Award! Dr. Zhao is Professor and Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Global Communication at the School of Communication, Simon Fraser University. She is also the founding Director of the Institute for Political Economy of Communication at the Communication University of China, where she is the visiting Changjiang Chair Professor. In addition, she a Senior Fellow at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada. Before joining Simon Fraser University as a faculty member, Dr. Zhao was Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of California, San Diego, between 1997 and 2000. At Simon Fraser, Dr. Zhao found the Global Media Monitoring and Analysis Laboratory and is founding Director of the M. A. Double Degree Program in Global Communication. She served as the Associate Director of her School between 2009-2010 and 2011- 2013. In addition to serving on the editorial boards of a dozen academic journals including Pacific Affairs, International Journal of Communication; Javnost; International Journal of Press/Politics, Asian Journal of Communication, and Chinese Journal of Communication, Dr. Zhao is a founding member of the editorial executive of Global Media and Communication and one of the co-editors of the University of Illinois Press book series The Geopolitics of Information, as well as a co-editor of the Eastern China Normal University Press book series Critical Studies in Communication.

Dr. Zhao has written extensively in both English and Chinese on the political economic and socio-cultural dimensions of China’s rapidly transforming communication system and the role of communication in China’s global integration. In addition to over 100 academic articles in two languages, Dr. Zhao’s books include Communication and Society: Political Economic and Cultural Analysis (in Chinese, 2011); Communication in China: Political Economy, Power, and Conflict (2008), Global Communications: Toward a Transcultural Political Economy (co-edited, 2008), Democratizing Global Media: One World, Many Struggles (co-edited, 2005), Media, Market, and Democracy in China: Between the Party Line and the Bottom Line (1998), and Sustaining Democracy? Journalism and the Politics of Objectivity (co-authored, 1998). Centering on the transnational and national communication and cultural dynamics of China’s rise as a major global power, Dr. Zhao’s ongoing research program encompasses the following two major topics: communication, crisis, and global power shifts; communication, culture, and China’s social divisions. Learn more about Dr. Zhao’s research here. Please help us congratulate Yuezhi Zhao on this achievement.

 

About the Dallas Smythe Award

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Dr. Dallas Smythe, pioneer of the study of the political economy of communications

The Dallas Smythe Award is given in loving memory of one of the great pioneers of the study of the political economy of communications and one of the great leaders in the struggle for democratic communications. At each conference, the Union for Democratic Communications honors a critical media scholar/activist whose work exhibits the spirit of engagement, democracy, teaching, and feistiness to which the UDC is committed.

Past recipients of the Dallas Smythe Award include John Downing, Robert McChesney, Peter Philips, DeeDee Halleck, Manju Pendakur, Herb Schiller, Tom Guback, Santiago Alvarez, Vincent Mosco, Eileen Meehan, Janet Wasko, Ed Herman, and Oscar Gandy, Jr.

UDC/PC 2013 CONFERENCE

UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO

LOWER MOUNTAIN CAMPUS

Panel Information

Panel Moderators: We ask that every panel choose one person from your panel to moderate (chair) the session. The moderator’s responsibility is to introduce and time each panelist and to facilitate the Q & A discussion.

Presentation Information: All panels run 90 minutes; ideally, we ask each panel to reserve 15 minutes for Q & A. As such, individual presentations should run no longer than 15 minutes each, in order to ensure enough time for discussion. We ask that panelists present in the order in which they appear in the program so that attendees can effectively plan their schedules.

Technology: There is a screen, projector and wireless Internet access in every room. However, a handful of rooms require that presenters bring their own laptops and, if applicable, a MAC/Apple adaptor. if you are scheduled to present in either Maraschi (in the Fromm Complex) or any room in the McClaren Complex, then someone from your panel must bring a laptop and Mac adaptor for presentation. Room assignment details are listed on the program schedule.

Pre-constituted Panels: If you are part of a pre-constituted panel, your official acceptance went to the person who submitted the original proposal. If you are part of a panel and received the official acceptance notification, please be sure you forward it along to the rest of the panelists! Each participant must be a registered member and conference attendant.

Schedule

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

9:00-11:00

Conference Registration, Orientation & Continental Breakfast

Fromm Complex

10:00 – 12:00

Radical Labor History Walk with Chris Carlsson (Shaping San Francisco)

Please Note: This is a special event for conference delegates off-site. Meet downtown at Harry Bridges Plaza, south tower (between the north and south roadways of the Embarcadero, directly in front of the Ferry Building and at the end of Market Street). Cost= $10-20 donation to Shaping San Francisco.

For more information, and to RSVP contact [http://www.chriscarlsson.com/contact/]

Session 1 (Friday, 11:00-12: 30)

Panel 1: Round Table on Radical Journalism:  Beyond Media Reform, Revisiting Free Press Roots

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Mickey Huff (Project Censored/Diablo Valley College)

Peter Phillips (Project Censored/Sonoma State University)

James Tracy (Florida Atlantic University)

Nora Barrows-Friedman (Electronic Intifada)

Rob Williams (publisher, Vermont Commons: Voices Of Independence)

Session 1 (Friday, 11:00-12: 30)

Panel 2: Communication, Democracy and Political Struggle in the Middle East

Maier Room, Fromm Complex

Aras Coskuntuncel, (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Liberalism without Democracy: Press Freedom and the Turkish Media’s Political Economy

Caitlin Miles, (University of Oklahoma), Women’s Global Voices in the Arab Spring

Melissa Wall, (California State University Northridge), The Pop-up News Ecology: Citizen Journalism in Syria

Mine Gencel Bek, (MIT & Ankara University), The Obstacles and Prospects of Democratic Communication and Investigative Journalism in Turkey

Bilge Yesil, (College of Staten Island— City University of New York), Media, State and Democracy in Turkey.

Session 1 (Friday, 11:00-12: 30)

Panel 3: Student Media and Media Democracy

Maraschi Room, Fromm Complex

Tiye Sheppard, KUSF-TV

Cristina Pachano-Lauderdale, KUSF.org

Sarah Hulsman, KUSF-TV

Heidi Patton, The Foghorn

Victor Valle, We Move Against the Tides, KUSF.org

12:30-1:30

Lunch Break

Session 2 (Friday, 1:30-3:00)

Panel 4: Media Research, Critical Thinking, and Validated Independent News: A Project Censored Workshop for Teachers and Students

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Susan Rahman (College of Marin)

Mike Canfield (SUNY Buffalo State)

Michael I. Niman (SUNY Buffalo State)

Peter Phillips (Sonoma State University)

Andy Lee Roth (Sonoma State University)

Liliana Valdez-Madera (Dominican College)

Session 2 (Friday, 1:30-3:00)

Panel 5: Labor: Global Issues, Activist Strategies

Maier Room, Fromm Complex

Brett Caraway, (University of Toronto), Online Labor Movements: Evolving Tactics in the Struggle to Organize Walmart workers

Dorothy Kidd, (University of San Francisco), Young Chinese Workers: Contentious Politics and Communications in the Global Factory

Laureano Checa, Claudia Lagos and Raúl Rodriguez, (Universidad de Chile), Invisibility/Stereotyping of Labor Conflict in the Chilean Press

Natasha Gerolami, (Huntington University), Disruptive Workers: Media Representation of Labor in Times of Austerity

ShinJoung Yeo, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), The Mirage of Silicon Valley: Laboring in the Age of the “New” Economy

Session 2 (Friday, 1:30-3:00)

Multi-Media Presentation 1

Note: Due to room availability, this session begins at 2:00pm

Cowell Building 107

J. Ann Dumas and Charles Dumas, (Pennsylvania State University), Incorporating Transnational Democracy into Curriculum with Theatre, Dance and Spoken Word: Lessons from South Africa. WOLF BY THE EARS, 2003; RACE RECONCILIATION AND THE REITZ 4 and 7 Guitars, 2012; and BLOOD AT THE ROOT South African Tour, Summer 2013.

Session 2 (Friday, 1:30-3:00)

Panel 6: Challenges of Critical Communication Scholarship

Maraschi Room, Fromm Complex

Eileen Meehan (Southern Illinois University) and Janet Wasko, (University of Oregon),

Making Change:  Some Notes on the Founding of the Union for Democratic Communication

Anthony Nadler, (Ursinus College), The Specter of MOOCs: Contesting and Appropriating New Media in Higher Ed

Christopher J. Jordan, (St. Cloud University), Here Come the Knowledge Police: Reed Elsevier and the Enclosure of Academic Scholarship

Randy Nichols, (Bentley University), He Who Pays the Show Runner: Using Bourdieu to Critique American Creative Industries Studies

Lee McGuigan, (University of Pennsylvania), and Vincent Manzerolle, (University of Western Ontario), After Broadcast, What? Dallas Smythe and the Political Economy of Digital Media &

Session 2 (Friday, 1:30-3:00)

Panel 7: Journalism: The Ideologies of Mediated Information

Broad Room, Fromm Center

Dana Cloud, (University of Texas, Austin), Just the Facts? The Limits of Information Dumping and Fact Checking as Critical Practice

Sam Robinson, (California State University Monterey Bay), Media Coverage of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Discrimination Cases Establishes Farming as a White Man’s Occupation

Chris Martin (University of Northern Iowa) and Anji L. Phillips (Bradley University), The 99% Want Twinkies: Systematic Information Exclusion and the Shutdown of Hostess Brands

Estella Porras, (California State University, Monterey Bay), News Media Reporting on Youth and Violence: A Shortsighted Story and its Alternatives

Kathleen Kuehn, (Victoria University of Wellington), “I don’t need the exposure; I just need to pay the rent”: A Critical Case Study of Hope Labor Dynamics in the Nate Thayer/Atlantic Debate…

Session 2 (Friday, 1:30-3:00)

Panel 8: Activism from Global Perspectives

Cowell Building 312

Kehinde Abimbola Adeniyi, (De Montfort University), The Social Contexts for Internet Technologies and Learning in Colleges of Education in Lagos State, Nigeria

Lee Artz, (Purdue University), Participation and Power in Venezuela: Creating Media for 21st Century Socialism

Morenike Rashidat Oladeinde, (Olabisi Onabanjo University), Media Commercialisation in Nigeria’s Emerging Democracy

Vukoni Lupa-Lasaga, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), The Campaign for FOI Laws in Africa: A Short History and Some Issues

Katty Alhayek: (Ohio University), Activism, Communication Technologies, and Syrian Refugee Women’s Issues

Afternoon Break (3:00-4:00)

Coffee and Tea Available in Fromm Centre

Session 3 (Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Multi-Media Presentation 2

Cowell Building 107

Alina Padilla-Miller,  (University of Oregon). Project My Voice. Expanding Citizen Access to Media

Lora Taub-Pervizpour, (Muhlenberg College) and Jenna Azar (HYPE Youth Media Program), Democratic Youth Media in Action: Handing One Another Along.

Tzintzun Aguilar Izzo, (St. Lawrence University), Big Questions and the Future of Media: An Interactive Mashup

Session 3 (Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Panel 9: Media Education/Media Literacy

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

John Collins (St. Lawrence University) and Jana Morgan, (Global Witness) Teaching the Weave: Challenges, Strategies, and Lessons Learned

Elizabeth Sarjeant, (University of Western Ontario), The Vocationalism of Post-Secondary Media Education in the “Information Economy”

Mark Barner, (Niagara University), Introducing Cultural Studies through Science Fiction Films

Samuel McCormick, (San Francisco State University), Mind Over Chatter: Ideologies of Everyday Talk in Mass-Mediated Democratic Culture

Session 3  (Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Panel 10: Extending Critical Approaches to the Study of User Digital-Media Production

Maier Room, Fromm Complex

Nicole Cohen, (University of Toronto Mississauga), User Digital-Media Production and the Transformation of Media Work

Robert Bodle, (College of Mt. St. Joseph), The Power of Predictive Algorithms in Social Media Production: Gatekeepers, Information Filters, Social Shapers, Causal Agents

Brian Creech, (Temple University), Crowd-Sourced Documents: User Digital-Media Production and Challenges to Public Knowledge

James Hamilton, (University of Georgia), John Locke and Approaches to User Digital-Media Production: Critical Media Studies (Should) Meet(s) Critical Marketing Studies

Session 3 (Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Panel 11: Getting the Word Out from the Inside: Media Access and Prisons

Maraschi Room, Fromm Complex

Tracy Rosenberg (Media Alliance)

Karen Shlain (Women’s Foundation of California)

Malkia Amala Cyril (Center for Media Justice)

Noelle Hanrahan (Prison Radio)

Steve McNamara (Advisor, San Quentin News)

(Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Panel 12: Activism and Media Democracy

Xavier Room, Fromm Complex

Tomas Lueck, (Ramapo College of New Jersey), Ethical Disclosure: The Pentagon Papers to WikiLeaks

Hilary Goldstein, (Ramapo College of New Jersey), The Unsocial Web: How Progressive Activists and Technologists are Working to Preserve an Open Internet

Renata Gangemi, (Ramapo College of New Jersey), Click-activism: A Valid Force or a Pointless Strategy

Bonnie Blake, (Ramapo College of New Jersey), Designing For Good: Nurturing Students as “Citizen Designers”

Session 3 (Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Panel 13: Media/Politics in an Age of Surveillance

Cowell Building 312

Elisabet Takehana, (Fitchburg State University), Robert Cormier: A Rhetoric of the Personal in the Censorship Debate

Remko van Broekhoven, (Hogeschool Utrecht), But Who Guards the Guards?

Arndis Johnson, (University of Toronto), Learning to Watch the Watchers: Critical Media Pedagogy Through Crowd-sourced Counter-Surveillance

Benjamin J. Birkinbine and Brenna Wolf-Monteiro, (University of Oregon), Hacking as Praxis: Surveillance, Media Activism and Tools for Resistance

Session 3 (Friday, 3:15-4:45)

Panel 14: Commodity Culture/Culture as Commodity

Broad Room, Fromm Center

Aimee-Marie Dorsten, (Point Park University), A New Meaning for the Term “TV Dinner”: The Relationship between Government Checkoff Programs, Agribusiness and Generic Advertising

Christina Ceisel, (Hamilton College), Making Labor Visible in in “Value Added” Products and Places: Heritage as a Commodity

Jasmin Welter, (University of Bonn), Selling Hope: Branding, Pop and Politics

Miranda Brady and Melissa Aronczyk, (Carleton University), Re-Branding Canada’s History: Political Interventions in National Memory

5:00-8:00

Wine and Cheese Reception

Fromm Complex

6:00-7:00

Keynote Addresses

Xavier Room, Fromm Complex

Davey D. journalist, Hip Hop historian, syndicated talk show host, radio programmer, producer, deejay, media and community activist.

Daniel Ellsberg, Independent lecturer, writer, and activist on the dangers of the nuclear era, wrongful U.S. interventions and the urgent need for patriotic whistleblowing.

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 2

Saturday 9:00-10:00am

Continental Breakfast Fromm Centre

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Multi-Media Presentation 3

Cowell Building 107

Gabriela Martínez, (University of Oregon), Keep Your Eyes On Guatemala (RT 52).

Leslie Steeves, (University of Oregon), Give a Laptop, Change the World: The Story of the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) Project in Ghana (RT29).

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Panel 15: Roundtable: Nice Career? Possibilities and Challenges for Critical Academic, Activist, and Media Workers

Xavier Room, Fromm Complex MARASCHI ROOM

Michelle Rodino-Colocino (Penn State University)

Brian Dolber (State University of New York, Oneonta)

Matt Crain (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)

Robert Carley (Texas A&M University)

Kathleen Kuehn (Victoria University of Wellington)

Randy Nichols (Bentley University)

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Panel 16: Inside Censored 2014: Fearless Speech in Fateful Times

Kalmanowitz Building 163

Andy Lee Roth, (Sonoma State University & Project Censored), Fearless Speech: Critical & Affirmative

Elliot D. Cohen, (Indian River State College), Media Manipulation, Critical Thinking and Democracy

Nicki Lisa Cole and Tara Krishna, (Pomona College), Apple Exposed: The Untold Story of Globalization

Mickey Huff, (Diablo Valley College & Project Censored), Junk Food News and News Abuse

Targol Mesbah (California Institute of Integral Studies) and Zara Maria Zimbardo (California Institute of Integral Studies), Technologies and Ecologies of War.

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Panel 17: Paradoxes of Popular Culture

Kalmanowitz Building 167

Andrea Kannes, (New School for Public Engagement), Spoilsport: Political Training and Distraction on the Field and in the Stands

Ashley Fogle, (California State University, San Marcos), Powerful Producers and the ‘Powerless Elite’: Fan/Producer Relations in an Era of ‘Participatory Culture’

Gayane Torosyan, (State University of New York, Oneonta), The Runaway Wedding

Christopher Robe, (Florida Atlantic University), The Convergence of Eco-Activism, Neoliberalism, and Reality TV in “Whale Wars”

Stephanie Anne Brown, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Mockupy Wallstreet: The Daily Show, Social Activism, and the Bounds of Mainstream Political Satire

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Panel 18: Gender Violence and Hate Speech in Media

Maier Room, Fromm Complex

Leandra H. Hernandez, (Texas A&M University), “The female body has ways to shut that whole thing down”: A Feminist Analysis of Major News Coverage about Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” Comments

Shea Smock and Jennifer Proffitt, (Florida State University), Rape and Rape Culture as Examples of Backlash? How Broadcast News Covers Sexual Violence: A Feminist Political Economic Analysis

Chris Demaske, (University of Washington, Tacoma), Internet Hate Speech: Changing the Local Approach to a Global Problem

Shelley Blundell, (Kent State University), Framing Rape Culture: A Critique of Global Mainstream Media Coverage of Sexual Assault

Stevie Berberick, (Penn State University), Colonialism in Digital Frames: Analyzing Rape on the Reservation

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Panel 19: Negotiating Hegemony

Broad Room, Fromm Complex

Heather Morrison, (University of Ottawa), Canada’s War on Science and Knowledge and Growing Counter-activism

Kathryn Blevins, (Trinity University), The Right to Know: A Constitutional Model

Matt Riley, (Niagara University), Marijuana in Film as a Challenge to Heteronormative Hegemony

Olga Avatoliivna Baysha, (National Research University, Russia), On a Truly Public Sphere: Analyzing the Dogmatism of Counter-Expertise

Robert Smith, (University of Montreal), The Fine line between Ethical Persuasion and Ideological Propaganda: Same Sex Marriage and the role of Media Ethics in Mitigating Moral Conflicts

Session 4 (Saturday, 10-11:30)

Panel 20: Alternative Media: Tools for Social Change

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Mike Mowbray, (Simon Fraser University), “Alternative Logics”? Parsing the Literature on ‘Alternative Media’

Vanessa Sequeira, (Pennsylvania State University), Toward an Aesthetic of the Ordinary: Regional Perspectives by Central American Women Filmmakers

DeeDee Halleck, (University of California, San Diego), Community Media and Peace Movements in the USA: Alternatives to the Mainstream Media’s Warmongering

Gretchen King, (McGill University), The Radical Pedagogy of Community Radio and the Case of Radio al-Balad: Community Radio News Audiences and Political Change in Jordan

Sylvia Richardson (Simon Fraser University + AMARC) Radical Media: Stories of Uprising, Struggle and Liberation.

11:30-12:45 Plenary/Box Lunch: Brian Martin Murphy Memorial

Maraschi Room, Fromm Complex XAVIER ROOM

12:45-1:45    Business Meeting

Broad Room, Fromm Complex

12:45-1:45    Ron Placone, Madness in the Message: Start Talking

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Multi-Media Presentation 4

Cowell Building 107

Christopher Oscar and Doug Hecker. Project Censored The Movie: Ending the Reign of Junk Food News   (RT35)

Bronwyn Mauldin, (KPFK, Los Angeles), Deconstructing Alternative Media: Using Podcasts to Bring New Stories and Underrepresented Voices to Terrestrial Radio

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Panel 21: Immigration: Challenging the Status Quo, Affirming New Narratives

Maier Room, Fromm Complex

Charles (Euichul) Jung, (Sangji University, South Korea), The Role of Media in a Multi-Cultural Society: Focusing on the Image of Immigrants in Korean Mainstream Media

Jose Luis Benavides and Kent Kirkton, (California State University, Northridge), Mexicanos en Exilio: Narrative and Resistance

Mercedes de Uriarte, (University of Texas, Austin), Geography of Vulnerability: Displacement in Thriving Austin, Texas

Frank Seo (University of San Francisco) and May Liang (ASPIRE Campaign Organizer at Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus), Language and Activism: how activists use language to identify themselves.

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Panel 22: The Media and the State Apparatus: Censorship, Control, Regulation and Resistance

Xavier Room, Fromm Complex MARASCHI ROOM

Robin Andersen, (Fordham University), Entertaining War: Controlling Media Content through Media/Military Liaisons

Brian Dolber, (State University of New York, Oneonta), Information Access as a Social Right: The Case Against Aaron Swartz

Nat Bouman, (State University of New York, Oneonta), Web-native Documentary: Actualities within Architecture and the Syntax of the Brazil Nut Tree

Steve Macek and Brian Failing, (North Central College), City Hall and the Silver Screen:  Film Censorship in Chicago and the Politics of Urban Imagery

Deepa Kumar (Rutgers University) and Bryan Sacks (Rutgers University), Hollywood as Propaganda Ministry: Ideological confluence, security state influence, and the co-creation of enemies.

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Panel 23: Teaching About Media Institutions, Propaganda, and Ideology in the Undergraduate Classroom

Kalmanowitz Building 163

Patricia Keeton, (Ramapo College of New Jersey), From the Enemy Without to Increased Domestic Surveillance of the “Enemy Within”: Teaching Ideological Negotiation in Homeland and The Americans

Susan Ryan, (The College of New Jersey), Representing Labor in Reality Television

Christina M. Smith (California State University, Channel Islands) and Sarah Stackhouse (Ramapo College of New Jersey), Using “Reinterpreting The Four Freedoms” to Teach about Ideology and Ideographic Persuasion

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Panel 24: Media Activism: Theory and Practice

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Anne Kaun, (Södertörn University & University of Pennsylvania), Critical Media Practices in Changing Media Cultures

Andi Argast, (University of Toronto), Adding Slacktivism to the Activist’s Toolkit: Advocacy Group Perceptions of the Benefits and Drawbacks of Slacktivism

Bryan Sacks, (Rutgers University), Biopower and Biopolitical Resistance: Constructions of Popular Resistance to Vaccination

Sandra Jeppesen, (Lakehead University), Social Movement Media Activism

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Panel 25: Challenging Neoliberal Discourses

Maraschi Room, Fromm Complex XAVIER ROOM

Burcu S. Bakioglu, (Lawrence University), The Gray Zones of Copyright Wars: Operation Payback is a Bitch

Amanda Ciafone, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Bottle It Up:  Coca-Cola Social Movements and Corporate Social Responsibility

Andrew Calabrese, (University of Colorado, Boulder), Public Ignorance: A Resilient Affliction

Kevin Hagopian, (Pennsylvania State University), Manufacturing Nostalgia: Spring in Spring Hill and the Romance of American Factory Labor

Marco Briziarelli, (University of New Mexico), Commodification 2.0: The Production of Neo-Liberal Consciousness in the Post-Welfarist Context

Evan Rowe, (Broward College), Rethinking the Left and the Academy

Session 5 (Saturday, 1:45-3:15)

Panel 26: Ideologies of Race & Gender in Popular Culture

Kalmanowitz Building 167

Brandon O’Connor, (Florida State University), Race Issues in The Walking Dead

Safiya Noble, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Google Searching: The Consequences of Search Bias on Community Control over Identity

Ryan Lizardi, (Penn State University), The Cabin in the Woods’ Meta-horror and Gender Stereotype Critiques

Laura Stoltzfus, (Florida State University), The Gang’s All (White) Here: The Marginalization of Minorities in Comic Book Adaptations

Nicole Cox, (Valdosta State University), Lying (Straight) Whores with Gay (Promiscuous) Sidekicks on Bravo’s “The Real Housewives” Franchise

Afternoon Break (Saturday 3:15-3:30)

Coffee/Tea Fromm Center

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Multi-Media Presentation 5

Cowell Building 107

Paul Russell Laverack. (New York Film Academy), Labor Action! Fifteen Fights in the Battle for a Better World (RT90).

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Panel 27: Activist Media and Precarious Careers: Lessons from JUMP CUT

Maraschi Room, Fromm Complex

Chuck Kleinhans (Northwestern University)

Julia Lesage (JUMP CUT, co-editor)

John Hess (JUMP CUT, co-editor)

Peter Steven (Sheridan College, Ontario)

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Panel 28: Privacy and Social Media: Critical Digital Pedagogy for Youth Panel

Broad Room, Fromm Complex

Giuliana Cucinelli, (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Our Privacy Matters: Youth, Identity and Online Sociability

Leslie Regan Shade, (University of Toronto), Remixing Our Privacy Matters with Toronto Youth

Karen Smith, (University of Toronto), Bring Your Own Laptop (BYOL): Mozilla Popcorn Tutorial

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Panel 29: Media Technologies/Technologies of War

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Colleen Mihal, (University of Colorado, Boulder), The Domestic War on Terror: Crackdown as the New Normal

Isra Ali, (Rutgers University), Feminism, the Military, and Online Discourse in the War on Terror

Kirsten Kozolanka, (Carleton University), Domesticating the Global Enemy in the Post-9/11, Neo-liberal Nation

Tanner Mirrlees, (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), U.S. Department of Defense Censorship of Medal of Honour: Operation Anaconda

Joshua Switky, (Independent Scholar), The CIA is the Media: “One Organization, Many Brands”…Including Gladio

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Panel 30: Media Industries: Challenges and Opportunities

Kalmanowitz Building 163

Mandy Troger, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Media in Transition: The East German Media Market in Post-Wall Germany

Bill Kunz, (University of Washington, Tacoma), Running from State to State: Production Incentives and Primetime Television in the United States

Christine Quail, (McMaster University), Producing Reality: Television Formats and Domestic Production in the Canadian Context

John Sullivan, (Muhlenberg College), Audio Podcasting as a Cultural Industry

Nicole Cohen (University of Toronto, Mississauga) and Enda Brophy, (Simon Fraser University), Re-appropriating the Creative Industries From Below: Experiments in Collective Organization in the Creative Economy

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Panel 31: Media Activism: Coalition Building and Strategies

Kalmanowitz Building 167

Chenjerai Kumanyika, (Clemson University), Producing the Cause: The Cultural Work of Pittsburgh’s 1Hood Coalition

Doug Tewksbury, (Niagara University), Finding Community within the Crowd: An Ethnographic Study of Online-offline Community Building in Canadian Grassroots Political Movements

Elisabeth Jay Friedman, (University of San Francisco), De Feminismo En Linea Hasta Ciberfeminismo: Tracking the Transformation of Technology and Movement

Bu Wei, (Institute of Journalism and Communication, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing), Critical Theories, Social Movements, and the Action-Oriented Communication Research: Exploring Working Class Studies in China

Philip Di Salvo, (Università della Svizzera italiana, Switzerland), The Spread of the Wikileaks Model: Whistleblowing after the Megaleaks

Session 6 (Saturday 3:30-5:00)

Panel 32: Legitimizing Revolution: The Past and Future of Resistance

Xavier Room, Fromm Complex MAIER ROOM

Cristina Mislan, (Pennsylvania State University), ‘Beyond Containment’: Caribbean Identity Politics and Class Struggle

Sean Andrews, (Columbia College), Revolution in an intellectual vacuum: The English Civil War, revolutionary religious appropriation, and the origins of copyright

Robert Jensen, (University of Texas, Austin), The Revolution Will Not Be. Failure Is Our Only Option

Jeffrey Masko, (Pennsylvania State University), Campus Consciousness: Radical Student Activism and the War of Position Part II

Session 7 (Saturday, 5-6:30)

Multi-Media Presentation 6

Cowell Building 107

Greg Elmer, (Ryerson University), and Andy Opel (Florida State University), Preempting Dissent: A Creative Commons Documentary (RT45).

Dorothea Braemer, (Termite TV), The Censorship Show: Artists respond to the federal censorship case against filmmaker Lawrence Brose. (RT30).

Session 7 (Saturday, 5-6:30)

Panel 33: Battling Corporate Power

Xavier Room, Fromm Complex MARASCHI ROOM

Michael Palm, (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Wax Romantic: Contemporary Vinyl Culture and the Business of Selling Records in a Digital Media Economy

Margot Susca, (American University, Washington D.C.), The Fox is Inside the Henhouse: How the Video Game Industry Fooled the US Supreme Court and Why It Matters

Andrew Ó Baill, (Cazenovia College), Broadcasting from the Margins: Challenging Spectrum Shortages

Aaron Heresco, (Pennsylvania State University), Kickstarter: Democratizing Media Finance at the Event Horizon of Capitalism

Session 7 (Saturday, 5-6:30)

Panel 34: Media & Social Justice: Utilizing Critical Topics and Pedagogies to Enhance Democratic Communications in the Classroom

Berman Room, Fromm Complex

Sue Curry Jansen, (Muhlenberg College), Recovering the Radical Roots of the American Social Justice Tradition

Susan G. Kahlenberg, (Muhlenberg College), Teaching Children and Communication: The Cultivation of Critical Thinking and Social Justice Advocacy in the Classroom

Roberta Meek, (Muhlenberg College), Marrying History and Media: Using Historical Analysis To Foster Social Justice in 21st Century Students

Elizabeth Nathanson, (Muhlenberg College), Revisiting the Politics of Visibility in the Classroom: Teaching Gender Studies for Social Justice

Kate Ranieri, (Muhlenberg College), Using Storytelling as a Pedagogical Approach to Teaching Diversity

David Tafler, (Muhlenberg College), The Work of Electronic Production in the Age of Social Media

Lora Taub-Pervizpour, (Muhlenberg College), Youth Media as a Site of Critical Pedagogy and Democratic Media in Action

Session 7 (Saturday, 5-6:30)

Panel 35: Labor Communication, Technology and Media

Maier Room, Fromm Complex

Burak Oguz, (International Labor Media Network), Building an international labor channel for workers around the world.

Mehmet Yazgan, (Turkey LaborNet Labor Channel), The Chuptal channel and how the struggle in Turkey is being covered by international labor media

Steve Zeltzer, (KPFA WorkWeek and Labor Media, Pacifica Network), Labor coverage and the labor portal at KPFA, Pacifica and affiliates.

Glenda Drew (UCDavis), Project Participant of “Stories Of Solidarity.”

John Parulis, (WorkWeek Streaming Channel), How to stream labor stories in your local or labor struggle.

Session 7 (Saturday, 5-6:30)

Panel 36: Technologies for Framing the Neoliberal Present: Race, Education and Media

Kalmanowitz Building 163

John M. Woolsey, (George Mason University), Picturing and Policing the Quake: The Haitian Earthquake of 2010 in Image and Word

Robert Carley, (Texas A&M University), How Gramsci is Relevant to the Study of Race and Ethnicity: An Exploration of Stuart Hall’s Relationship to Antonio Gramsci

Sean Johnson Andrews, (Columbia College), The Myth of MOOCs: Private Capital, Academic Labor, and the Contradictions of the Neoliberal Educational Meritocracy

Zack Furness, (Pennsylvania State University, Greater Allegheny), Framing the Right to the City: Media Representations of Bicycling and Why They Matter

Session 7 (Saturday, 5-6:30)

Panel 37: Broadcasting and Regulatory Challenges

Kalmanowitz Building 167

Victor Pickard, (University of Pennsylvania), The Great Abdication: The FCC’s Regulatory Retreat in the Face of Market Failure

Molly Niesen, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), The Kidvid Crusade and the Eclipse of the Federal Trade Commission 1977-1980

Richelle Crotty, (Florida State University), The Federal Communication Commission and Media Ownership Rules: The Damaging Effects of Concentrated Media Ownership

David Skinner, (York University), Plus ça change: Public Broadcasting in Canada Meets New Media

Apurva Kiti Sharma, (La Trobe University, Australia), Challenges of Interdependence and Governance of Public Service Broadcasting during War: A Case Study Minister Richard Alston’s Complaints against ABC Radio National’s AM Show Reportage of the Iraq War

7:00 BANQUET and DALLAS SMYTHE AWARDEE ADDRESS

Maraschi Room, Fromm Centre XAVIER ROOM

Dallas Smythe Awardee: Yuezhi Zhao, (Simon Fraser University). After Cars, What? China’s Unfinished Struggles for Socialism after the “Chongqing Model.”

Music: Steve Carter Trio

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Continental Breakfast (9:30-11:00)

Fromm Centre

Session 8 (Sunday 9:30- 11:00)

Multi-Media Presentation 7

Cowell Building 107

Heide Solbrig, (Wheaton College) Man and the Middle Class: The Work and Vision of Henry Strauss (RT 63).

Session 8 (Sunday 9:30-11:00)

Panel 38: Media Reform: The Internet and Beyond…

McLaren 250, McLaren Complex

Russell Newman, (University of Southern California), Conceiving Network Neutrality: Paradoxical Parallels with the Neoliberal Project

Kathleen Cross, (Simon Fraser University), Know the Media, Be the Media, Change the Media: Strategies for Media Reform

Hilde Stephansen, (The Open University, UK), The World Forum of Free Media: Promises and Challenges of Building a Global Grassroots Movement for the Right to Communicate

Rodrigo Gómez García, (Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana-Cuajimalpa, Mexico), Media reform in Latin America: The Struggles of Communication Public Policies in the Global South

Des Freedman, (Goldsmiths, University of London, UK), Media Reform under Attack: Lessons from the UK

Session 8 (Sunday 9:30-11:00)

Panel 39: The Promises and Limits of Communication Technologies

Kalmanowitz Building 167

C. Rod Metts, (California State University, San Bernardino), In The Moment/Not in the Moment:  The Zero-Time Vector In The New Present/Presentism:  An Old Ideology In New Forms and Practices

Samira Rajabi, (University of Colorado, Boulder), L3Cs: Pioneering a new media model

Benjamin J. Birkinbine, (University of Oregon), Digital Technology, Labor, and Monopoly Capital: Towards a New Critical History of Technology

Brice Nixon, (University of Colorado at Boulder), MediaNews Group’s California Newspaper Empire and the Crisis of Newspaper Capital in the US

T. F. Corrigan, (California State University, San Bernardino), and Matt Crain, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), “Listening in” and “burrowing”: Toward a Methodology of the Political Economy of Communications

Session 8 (Sunday, 9:30-11:00)

Panel 40: Media Democracy: Online and Off….

Kalmanowitz Building 163

Abel Verdugo, (Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico), Citizens and Political Communication: Study of Stereotype in Campaigns

Cheri Ketchum, (Ashford University), Building Citizen Identities and Democracy in Online News Comments

Samar Farage, (Pennsylvania State University), Do Digital Democracies Promote a Healthy Democracy?

Sarah Roberts, (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), Invisible Mediation: The Hidden Work of Online Content Moderation and the Digital Media Production Chain

Charles Dumas and J. Ann Dumas (Penn State University), 2013 Media and Democracy: The race for the 5th PA District 2012

Session 8 (Sunday, 9:30-11:00)

Panel 41: Journalism: Crisis, Controversies and Corporate Control

McLaren 252, McLaren Complex

Robert Jensen, (University of Texas, Austin), The Collapse of Journalism or the Journalism of Collapse; Or, What If We Can’t Change It: From Royal, to Prophetic, to Apocalyptic Journalism

Chrystal Renee China, (University of Georgia), Material Conditions of Prison Communication: the Case of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Shea Smock and Rachel Shields, (Florida State University), Ownership Affecting Coverage: Money Hushes in the Case of College Recruiting and their Use of “Hostesses” and “Ambassadors”

Kalen Churcher, (Niagara University), Locked Out: Exploring Power and the Correlations between Journalist Access to Prisoners and State Crime Rates

John Nathan Anderson, (City University of New York, Brooklyn), Radio’s Digital Dilemma

Session 9 (Sunday 11:30-1:00)

Panel 42: Stories to Change the World

Kalmanowitz Building 163

John W. Higgins, (University of San Francisco), Cyprus Stories: Self-Reflexivity Through Digital Storytelling and Oral History

Jesikah Maria Ross, (University of California, Davis), Public History as Community Media Practice: The Restore/Restory Case Study

Liz Miller, (Concordia University), Mapping Memories: Life Stories for Social Change

Amy Hill, (Center for Digital Storytelling), Voices for Justice: Addressing Gender-based Violence in Nepal

Session 9 (Sunday 11:30-1:00)

Panel 43: Consolidation on the Broadcast Dial:  How Public Non-Commercial Media Bumped into the “Free” Market” … and Lost

McLaren 252, McLaren Complex

Tracy Rosenberg (Media Alliance)

Irwin Smirnoff (California State University, Monterey)

Ravi Kapur (KAXT-TV, San Jose)

Michael Eisenmenger (Community Media Center of Marin)

Session 9 (Sunday 11:30-1:00)

Panel 44: The Ambiguous Power of Social Media

Kalmanowitz Building 167

Aimee Rickman, (University of Illinois), Living Docility and Dissent: US Small Town Girls’ Social Media Use Within Adolescent Social Marginality

Ryan Hata, (San Francisco State University), Asian Americans on YouTube: Is it Logic(al)?

Mona Kasra, (University of Texas-Dallas), Selfies with a Message

Hend Abd-Almotagally, (American University in Cairo), Opinion Leadership via Twitter amongst Egyptian Revolutionaries in The Post-Jan25 Revolution Era

Xiaomeng Li, (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), “I can be sexy, but you can’t harass me.”  A Case Study of Chinese Official Media’s Guidance of Public Opinion through an Adaptation of Social Media

 

 

The registration fee for the 2013 UDC/PC Conference is a flat rate of $125. Tickets to the UDC/PC 2013 Banquet on Saturday night are $25 each. The banquet will take place in the Maraschi Room at Fromm Hall on the USF campus. It will include catered dinner, music from local bands, dancing, and a cash bar. Conference participants must also be active UDC members. 18-month membership rates range from $35 to $115, based on a sliding scale according to income.

Each of these items can be purchased below:

Conference Registration: $125

Membership Dues (note: all conference participants must be active UDC members):

  • $35 for incomes $25,000 or less

  • $75 for incomes $25,000 to $50,000

  • $115 for incomes $50,000 or more

Banquet Tickets: $25 each

(Note: To pay for more than one of these items during this visit, just hit “Continue Shopping” on the bottom left of the PayPal page. You’ll then be redirected back to this page where you can select your 18-month Membership Dues and a Banquet ticket!)

We have block-booked accommodations at three hotels and one hostel — the Hotel Kabuki, Hotel Tomo, Red Vic and SF Hostel — at a discounted UDC/PC group rate. There are also a number of other nearby hotel accommodations if these do not suit:

  • Hotel Kabuki
    • “The harmony of Eastern and Western hospitality prevails through all 218 of our spacious guestrooms and suites of our San Francisco hotel. With its prime Japantown location and unique blend of Eastern and Western influences, Hotel Kabuki offers calm and serene accommodation and ambience. Hotel Kabuki is committed to reducing our impact on natural resources and being a more socially responsible business in our community.”
    • Rooms in UDC/PC Block 1 — SOLD OUT
    • Rooms in UDC/PC Block 2 from $189 per night
    • 40 minute walk or 20 minutes by public transit to USF campus
    • Call (415) 922-3200 and ask for “UDC Block 2″
    • Reservation deadline is midnight, Oct. 1

 

  • Hotel Tomo
    • “Step out Hotel Tomo’s door and into Japantown, with its gift stores, bookstores, Kimono shops and sushi bars. Fillmore Street, with its popular boutiques, cafes and clubs is just a few blocks away. More than 30 restaurants of various international cuisines surround Hotel Tomo … Union Square, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate, Chinatown and the famed cable cars are also nearby. Hotel Tomo is easy to reach by car, airport shuttle or public transportation. Three municipal bus lines stop within a block of Hotel Tomo and provide excellent service throughout the city.
    • Rooms in UDC/PC block from $149 per night (reservation deadline
    • 40 minute walk or 20 minutes by public transit to USF campus
    • Call (415) 921-4000 and ask for “UDC Block”
    • reservation deadline is midnight, Oct. 4

 

  • Red Victorian Bed & Breakfast
    • “A living peace museum and B&B in the heart of San Francisco’s historic Haight Ashbury district … The Bed & Breakfast is a historical landmark offering 18 guest rooms, each of which are designed to inspire you. The Peaceful World Center promotes activities and conversations aimed at creating and living social change. The Peaceful World Café serves as a local gathering place for friends, food, drink and Events.”
    • 11 Rooms in UDC/PC block from $89 to $144 per night
    • 10 minute walk to USF campus
    • To reserve a room in the UDC/PC group block, call 415-864-1978

 

  • San Francisco City Center Hostel
    • “Stylish and newly renovated, our hostel offers shared dorms with just 4 or 5 beds per room, private rooms, and premium private rooms, and all of our guest rooms have private, en suite bathrooms. Our on-site cafe, Ivy’s Place, serves free continental breakfast every morning, as well as beer, wine, and snacks in the evenings. We have 4 comfortable guest lounges, and a spacious, fully equipped self-serve kitchen. We also host daily activities including walking tours, tea tastings, dinners, and midnight movies … Located on the edge of Civic Center and Little Saigon, we’re in the heart of the city, but off the beaten tourist path.”
    • Beds from $29 per night
    • 50 minute walk or 20 minutes by public transit to USF campus.
    • To reserve a bed/room in the UDC/PC group block, contact Lydia Fedulow at fedulow@usfca.edu
    • Note: Beds are filling up fast. Under the UDC block rate, only one bed remains in the female room and one in the male room (as of 10/7). Once the UDC block is full, all hostel reservations should be made by calling SF City Hostel directly.