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February 2016

Caroline Jack: “How Facts Survive in Public Service Media”

February 18 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114,
Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Vintage CRT television

When the Ad Council bombarded television viewers with messages on economic literacy, was it information or propaganda? One way to answer that question is to look at corporate managers and executives as consequential social actors.

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ZZ Packer reads as part of the re:Vision Reading Series

February 18 @ 5:00 pm
Hayden Memorial Library,
160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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ZZ Packer

ZZ Packer reads from her novel The Thousands, which chronicles America’s violent history following the Civil War through the eyes of the Buffalo Soldiers.

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Vincent Brown: “Designing Histories of Slavery for the Database Age”

February 25 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114,
Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Vincent Brown: Charles Warren Professor of History, Professor of African and African-American Studies, and Director of the History Design Studio at Harvard University

By wrestling creatively and collectively with the difficult archival problems presented by social history of slavery, Harvard's Vincent Brown hopes to chart new pathways for pondering history’s most painful and vexing subjects.

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March 2016

A Conversation with Guy Maddin

March 10 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114,
Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Installation artist, filmmaker, and director Guy Maddin

In a conversation with William Uricchio, Maddin will discuss why we should bother digging up filmic and narrative memories from oblivion.

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Thomas Elsaesser: “Media Archaeology as Symptom”

March 17 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114,
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Cambridge, MA
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Thomas Elsaesser, Columbia University

Is media archaeology a (viable) disciplinary subject or a (valuable) symptom also of changes in our ideas of history, causality and contingency?

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Lisa Glebatis Perks: “Media Marathoning and Affective Involvement”

March 31 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114,
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Cambridge, MA
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Lisa Perks, Merrimack College

Merrimack College's Lisa Perks draws from discourse gathered from over 100 marathoners to describe some of marathoners’ most common emotional experiences, including anger, empathy, parasocial mourning, nostalgia, and regret.

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April 2016
Free

CMS Graduate Thesis Presentations

April 8 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
MIT Building E51, Room 095,
70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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Thesis presentations of the class of 2016.  Keep your eye on this page for updates on topics and titles!

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Fox Harrell: “Reflections on Advanced Identity Representation”

April 28 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114,
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Cambridge, MA
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Associate Professor Fox Harrell

Fox Harrell presents outcomes from his National Science Foundation-supported Advanced Identity Representation project, which helped reveal social biases in existing systems and implements systems to respond to those biases with greater nuance and expressive power.

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