Katherine G. Fry, Ph.D., Co-founder and Education Director of The LAMP, is stepping out of her position creating and overseeing The LAMP’s education programming. Dr. Fry, a Professor of Media Studies at Brooklyn College, will transition out of the role of Education Director beginning October 1, 2013, to allow for a full-time Education Director to step in as The LAMP grows and expands.
“Taking my media literacy expertise from the realm of academe and bringing it to the community by creating programming and educational vision for The LAMP has been immensely satisfying and a wonderful opportunity for me,” explained Dr. Fry. “The LAMP has grown to the point of needing a full-time Education Director who can build on that work and help it expand.”
Dr. Fry earned her Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies at Temple University, and has been on the faculty of the Department of Television and Radio at Brooklyn College since 1994, teaching and publishing in the areas of media research, critical analysis, media ecology and media literacy. In 2007 she co-founded The LAMP with Executive Director D.C. Vito, and since that time has drawn on her academic work to bring a foundation of media literacy programming to the organization, developing workshops and helping to build The LAMP while continuing her full-time academic duties.
“I could hardly have asked for a more talented founding partner and Educational Directer than Katherine,” said Mr. Vito. “Her vision and stamina helped grow The LAMP from an idea conceived over coffee, to a nonprofit organization bringing media education to over 900 New Yorkers citywide in the last year alone. We are all immensely grateful for her contributions.”
Alan Berry, a longtime facilitator with The LAMP, will take up responsibilities as Education Manager beginning October 1st. Dr. Fry will draw from her experience developing The LAMP and working within the community of media literacy educators as she turns her focus to academic pursuits, including media literacy education in research, teaching and publications. She will retain close ties with The LAMP.
“It’s time for me to pass the torch of hands-on Education Director, feeling very good about what The LAMP has become, and will become, within the community and beyond,” explains Dr. Fry. “I know that the educational vision has been placed in very capable hands.”