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Invitation to test on-line social screening platform

The Georgia Humanities Council (GHC), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Oral History Association (OHA), is sponsoring the first-look of a new webcasting technology that we believe will be of interest to educators, museum professionals, libraries, offices, and others. Developed by the Independent Television Service (ITVS), with support from the Corporation of Public Broadcasting and the National Endowment for the Humanities, OVEE is a social screening platform for watching PBS and local public television programs with large audiences, from anywhere, on demand.

The purpose of OVEE technology is to connect and engage audiences with CPB/PBS films and documentaries via a real time interactive web broadcast. Importantly, this program features the unique opportunity for dialogue with a live panel of experts that can maximize the educational value of media productions. OVEE is available free of charge to all public media organizations and can support your engagement, development, promotion and education goals. Georgia is one of three states asked to test and evaluate this service with a web-based audience – that is why we need you!

All you need to participate in this testing is your computer, an internet connection and an open mind. The special screening will use footage from seminal PBS programs on African American history, with guided discussion featuring a panel (one in media and one in history).  Please tune in (via your computer) on February 26th from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. EST to help us examine this new platform. We hope you take advantage of this opportunity to not only experience this new cutting edge social screening platform, but also to discuss engagement and media literacy in the digital age.

Please click the link for more information and feel free to share this invitation with your co-workers and professionals outside your organization: https://ovee.itvs.org/screenings/j6yl6   Please visit the site a few minutes early (or even now) to orient yourself. The “hard start” for the program is 1:30 sharp, Feb. 26.

We hope your calendar will permit you to view and test the feasibility of utilizing this medium in your programs in the future. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thanks,

Jamil Zainaldin, President, GHC
Clifford Kuhn, Executive Director, OHA

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