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Chapter Leaders

Co-Presidents, California Chapter
Media Literacy Now

Brooklyn Levine, California chapter co-presidentBrooklyn Levine, PhD, MSW. Dr. Levine is a social worker and academic. She is on the faculty at the School of Social Work in the University of Southern California. Working with both adolescents and adults in clinical practice and in academia she has become acutely aware of the need for media literacy as a way to cope with a wide variety of mental health issues arising from a media saturated world. For most of her clients and students, a therapist’s office or a master’s level classroom are their first encounters with critical thinking about the media.

Lisa LevineLisa Levine, BFA, MFA, is an artist and university educator in the San Francisco area. In teaching courses dealing with the theory, practice and history of photography she has found that students have never been asked to think critically about this ubiquitous and highly influential medium until they show up in a photography class on a college campus. She has designed curricula that focus on contemporary artists using various art forms to draw attention to the manipulative nature of photo-based media with the intention of getting students to think critically and express their thoughts about the Media through their own art.

Current Activity

November 2015: For Media Literacy Week, Brooklyn Levine will lead a lunchtime seminar on the impact of media illiteracy on mental health.

Time/Location: 11am USC School of Social Work

Brief Description: Levine has a small private therapy practice in Los Angeles, and is the Vice President of the California Chapter of Media Literacy Now. In working with people of all ages in her clinical practice and in academia she has grown acutely aware of the need for media literacy. This seminar aims to increase awareness of the importance of this issue and to initiate a dialogue on therapeutic interventions that may assist the populations served in being media literate.

Open or Closed Event: Closed but will be filmed. For access to the video, please contact Dr. Levine at

February 2015: California Chapter of Media Literacy Now launches

California is a big state, so we’ve brought on a north/south team to put media literacy on the agenda. Introducing our legislative and policy leads Brooklyn Levine (Southern California) and Lisa Levine (Northern California).

We will be gathering advocates and activists in the state. Please contact us, sign up for the mailing list, or get in touch with this mother-daughter team directly, to learn more about our work in California, get connected, and get active.

Next Steps

  • STEP 1: Action steps will be posted here. Check back soon!