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February 2017

Hacking VR Speaker Series: Brian Chirls, “WebVR”

Tuesday, February 28 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Open Doc Lab: MIT Building E15, Room 318, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Virtual Reality productions are on the rise. But is the medium even available? How can we start thinking about the accessibility and democratization of immersive production, creation and consumption?

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March 2017

Desktop Reveries: Hand, Software, and the Space of Japanese Artist Animation

Thursday, March 2 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Paul Roquet

Seeking to unravel the analytical split between the "drawn" and the "digital" in animation and media studies more broadly, Paul Roquet’s project moves back and forth between two desktops: the hard surface of the drawing table and the pixelated surface of the screen.

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Sexual Harassment and Gender Equity in Science

Thursday, March 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Azeen Ghorayshi, MIT astronomer Sarah Ballard, and Harvard history of science professor Evelynn M. Hammonds discuss barriers to gender equality in the sciences and steps to over come them.

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Hacking VR Speaker Series: Masterclass with Arnaud Colinart

Friday, March 10 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Open Doc Lab: MIT Building E15, Room 318, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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A walk through an innovative and groundbreaking award-winning project, Notes on Blindness, from ideation to production, post-production and distribution.

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Hacking VR Speaker Series: Eloi Champagne, “Leading Innovation at the NFB”

Tuesday, March 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Open Doc Lab: MIT Building E15, Room 318, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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The National Film Board of Canada is one of the leading forces of VR for both linear and interactive productions. Learn more about their inspirations, decisions and workflows, from production, conceptualization and developing new collective spaces for creation.

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From Stereopticon to Telephone: The Selling of the President in the Gilded Age

Thursday, March 16 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Charles Musser photo

Charles Musser: "19th century media forms set in motion not only a new way of imagining how to market national campaigns and candidates; they also helped to usher in novel forms of mass spectatorship."

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The Networked Sensory Landscape Meets the Future of Documentary

Thursday, March 23 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Glorianna Davenport presents DoppelMarsh, data from a dense network of diverse environmental sensors mapped to deliver “a sense of being there” in a re-synthesized, ever-changing landscape.

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April 2017

Hacking VR Speaker Series: Masterclass with Vincent Morisset

Monday, April 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open Doc Lab: MIT Building E15, Room 318, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Creating with immersive and interactive tools. Is there even a box? Rethinking the rules of immersive storytelling. Meet one of the leading voices in innovation, interactive medium and creative digital artwork. Vincent is author of acclaimed, Emmy and Webby Awarded works such as Bla-Bla, Way-to-Go (NFB/France Télévisions) and interactive music videos (Neon Bible) resulting from a seven year collaboration with Arcade Fire.

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Barbie and Mortal Kombat 20 Years Later

Thursday, April 6 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building E14, Room 633, 75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA
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Photo of Gabriela Richard

Yasmin Kafai and Gabriela Richard expand the discussions on gender, race, and sexuality in gaming.

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An Evening with Aparna Nancherla

Thursday, April 13 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Comedian Aparna Nancherla

Aparna Nancherla heads to MIT this spring for a moderated discussion on her career and her honesty about her struggles with depression.

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Michael Lee: “The Conservative Canon Before and After Trump”

Thursday, April 27 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Michael J. Lee charts the vital role of canonical post–World War II (1945–1964) books in generating, guiding, and sustaining conservatism as a political force in the United States.

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May 2017

Hacking VR Speaker Series: Jessica Brillhart, “VR in Science”

Tuesday, May 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Open Doc Lab: MIT Building E15, Room 318, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Google has been at the forefront of exploring new ways to shoot 360, VR stories. As the medium develops, how can VR be used to raise awareness about science-related project? How can it be used to tell stories about our bodies, our health? VR in developments sometimes mean collaborations with doctors, neuroscientists, data scientists. How can scientific knowledge inform creation and creation inform science?

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The Contingencies of Comparison: Rethinking Comparative Media

Thursday, May 4 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Brian Larkin and Stefan Andriopoulos

Brian Larkin and Stefan Andriopoulos: "It is clear that future media centers will emerge in places far outside their traditional Western centers."

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From Taft to Trump: How Conservative Media Activists Won — and Lost — the GOP

Thursday, May 11 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Photo of Nicole Hemmer

Nicole Hemmer will explain how conservative media activists won the GOP for the right -- and how in the era of Trump, they lost it.

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