Benjamin Thevenin

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Benjamin "Ben" J. Thevenin received a bachelor's degree in media arts studies with a minor in humanities from Brigham Young University in 2006. Thevenin attended Florida State University from 2006 to 2008 and received an master's degree in interdisciplinary humanities with an emphasis in media & culture. Thevenin finished his doctoral studies in media studies at the University of Colorado Boulder's School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

While attending BYU, Thevenin worked with the Children's Media Initiative, storyboarding The Toy Princess, How Much Land Does a Man Need?, and Heartache. He also illustrated and directed a CMI film called, Work, which was a collaborative project with fellow alumni Danielle H. Palliser and Shane Atkinson.

From 2004 to 2006, Thevenin was also involved in the BYU Hands on a Camera project. He worked as a media literacy instructor for elementary and high school students, helping them become more aware of and involved in media, as well as helping them produce their own short documentary films. In 2008, Work was accepted for competition at the East Lansing Film Festival, which is held in Michigan during March.

Thevenin presented Sharkboy Saves the Day: Multiculturalism in the Children's Films of Robert Rodriguez at Florida State University's 2007 Film & Literature conference. He presented "Homework for Dessert: Mulitiple Intelligences and Media Studies in the Home" at the 2007 National Association of Humanities Education conference.

He also works as an assistant editor for The National Association of Media Literacy Education's (NAMLE) new online, interdisciplinary journal, The Journal of Media Literacy Education. In 2011 NAMLE also honored Thevenin for his paper The Re-Politicization of Media Literacy Education. In the fall of 2012, he returned to BYU and joined the Media Arts Faculty.

In 2014, Thevenin participated on a panel discussion moderated by John Corser and David Cummins from the Utah Film Commission. The panel focused on the challenge, as educators, to prepare students to work as media creators in an era of constant technological evolution. Also in 2014, he received professional development funding from the College of Fine Arts and Communications for presentation at the 9th International Conference on the Arts in Society.

In 2015, he headed the Video Game Studies Symposium hosted by the Theatre and Media Arts Department at BYU. The same year, he received funding from the college to present at the National Association for Media Literacy Education Conference. Also in 2015, he and Amy Jensen presented a session entitled "Using Arts Education and the National Core Arts Standards to Enrich Media Literacy Education" at the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). Thevenin serves on the Leadership Council for the organization.

Thevenin was a co-editor and co-author of Arts Education and Literacies, a book that was part of the Routedge Research in Literacy Series in 2015.


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