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February 2015

Gonzalo Frasca: “Play, Videogames and Education Reform”

February 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141,
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge,
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okidOkO’s Gonzalo Frasca shows us how we should create games that are both useful and effective inside and outside the classroom.

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Women in Science

February 26 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 66, Room 110,
25 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
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Computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti and energy studies expert Jessika Trancik will discuss their careers and the outlook for women in science in the 21st century.

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March 2015

Media and Memory at the Vidéothèque de Paris

March 5 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Catherine E. Clark on how “the utopian rhetoric that accompanied the Vidéothèque’s creation helps illuminate and call into question the utopian promises of the much more recent revolution in digital history.”

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Dangerous Moves: Performance and Politics in Cuba

March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Coco Fusco explores the work of performance artists from the 1980s to the present and examines how the Cuban state has wielded influence over performance.

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Coming of Age in Dystopia: The Darkness of Young Adult Fiction

March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 66, Room 110,
25 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
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Kristin Cashore and Kenneth Kid on why dystopias, devastating apocalyptic visions, and tales of personal trauma are such a staple of young adult literature.

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April 2015

Cultural Studies and The Expediency of Culture, Rethought in Relation to Internet Platforms and Megadata

April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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The argument that culture empties out as it becomes ever more pivotal in the creative economy has, George Yúdice thinks, been borne out.

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The Life and Death of Great Online Countercultures: A Brief History of BMEzine.com

April 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Jessa Lingel explores how the web has allowed people on the fringes of mainstream culture to become insiders with status in their own communities.

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The Mysteries of the Southern Reach: In Conversation with Jeff VanderMeer

April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 66, Room 110,
25 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA
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Jeff VanderMeer will discuss his role as one of the leading practitioners of “weird fiction,” the environmental and ecological concerns that inform his work, and his massive crossover success.

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The Dancing Body of the State: Queer Social Dance, Political Leadership, and Black Popular Culture

April 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Thomas DeFranz “wonders at the intertwining of African American social dances and political leadership, conceived as the bodies of elected officials.”

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Ryan Cordell: “Melville in the First Age of Viral Media”

April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Ryan Cordell, co-director of the Viral Texts project, will speak about his work uncovering pieces that “went viral” in nineteenth-century newspapers and magazines.

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May 2015

[POSTPONED UNTIL 2016] Media in Transition 9: Mediating Audiences

May 1 - May 3
MIT Stata Center,
32 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
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The 9th international Media in Transition conference, on how we “still strive to somehow develop, constitute and assess a wide variety of audiences.”

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Danielle Keats Citron: “Hate Crimes in Cyberspace”

May 7 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Danielle Keats Citron exposes the startling extent of personal cyber-attacks and proposes practical, lawful ways to prevent and punish online harassment.

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