National University Professor Paul Majkut Joins International Committee on Digital Media

February 11, 2015

Professor Majkut named to Steering Committee for UNESCO Forum for Well-being in Digital Media, will participate in February panel discussion in Israel

 San Diego, Calif.  Feb. 12, 2015 – National University Professor Paul Majkut has been named to a prestigious Steering Committee for a United Nations forum aiming to influence new ground rules on digital media. Professor Majkut, who will participate in a panel discussion during the global forum Feb. 17-19 in Israel, teaches philosophy and literature in the College of Letters and Sciences at National University, the second-largest private, nonprofit university in California. 

Professor Majkut is one of just six Steering Committee members from the United States represented in the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Forum for Well-being in Digital Media. The Forum, which convenes researchers, scientists and scholars from around the world, aims to enhance users’ long-term well-being through their interactions with digital media.  Among the issues that will be discussed is cyber bullying among children and young adults. 

 “I am honored to serve on the Steering Committee and participate with the many respected scholars who have been invited to the Forum for Well Being in Digital Media,” said Professor Majkut, whose area of expertise includes addressing misconceptions about digital communication that have harmful psychological and ethical consequences. “UNESCO has long provided an indispensable umbrella for international research and the forum provides an opportunity to explore a more human-centric approach to digital media design and uses, with the goal of identifying practices and recommendations that can enhance the long-term well-being of users of the digital space."

The UNESCO Forum explores best practices for improvement of digital technologies, and  recommendations will refer to various stages of design, research and development, as well as in common modes of usage. In addition, Professor Majkut will also serve as the respondent on a Forum panel entitled “General Concepts of Well-Being,” reviewing and critiquing the panel’s research. 

“We are well aware of the pioneering nature of our endeavor as well as its very ambitious goals, both on the scientific level and the practical level of research and development,” wrote Dr. Galit Wellner, Director of the Forum for Well Being in Digital Media, in an invitation to Professor Majkut. “We believe your contribution to this pioneering project can be significant to its formation and future success.”

UNESCO’s purpose is to contribute international collaboration through education, science and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law and human rights. 

Professor Majkut is widely recognized around the world as a respected media theorist. He founded the International Society for Phenomenology and Media in 1999, and he spent a decade as a journalist, winning numerous awards from the Los Angeles Press Club, the Southern California Press Club, San Diego Press Club, the Society for Professional Journalists, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and other professional organizations prior to teaching at National University.

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