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September 2015

On the Politics of Punk Media and Peru

September 17 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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L. Shane Greene presents a theoretical overview of various situations – particularly their political, aesthetic, and media dimensions – that arose in the production of a book about the history of anarchism and punk rock during Peru’s war with the Maoist-inspired armed group known as the Shining Path.

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Jane McGonigal discusses her new book “SuperBetter” with Scot Osterweil

September 17 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater,
20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Jane McGonigal, coming to MIT September 17th and hosted by Harvard Book Store

Join us and Harvard Book Store as it hosts Jane McGonigal to discuss “SuperBetter” with our own Scot Osterweil of The Education Arcade.

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Jim Crow and the Legacy of Segregation Outside of the South

September 25 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270,
33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Black Lives Matter

Is the de facto segregation that exists in many Northern cities a result of the lack of forced integration of the type that took place in the South?

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October 2015

Hierarchy and Democracy in Modern Japan’s Mass Media Revolution

October 1 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Hiromu Nagahara explores Japan’s first “mass media revolution”, in the 1920s and ’30s, when technology expanded the number of media product consumers.

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From the Neolithic Era to the Apocalypse: How to Prepare for the Future by Studying the Past

October 8 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270,
33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Authors Charles C. Mann and Annalee Newitz will talk about how ancient civilizations shed light on current problems with urbanization, food security, and environmental change.

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The Adventures of Ms. Meta: Celebrating the Female Superhero Through Digital Gaming

October 15 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Sarah Zaidan

Sarah Zaidan is a game designer, artist and researcher whose work explores how video games and comic books can engage in a dialogue with identity, gender and civic awareness.

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From Firing Line to The O’Reilly Factor

October 22 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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How did political TV and radio move from honest intellectual combat to become a vast echo chamber? Heather Hendershot will answer this difficult question.

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Global Internet Development Viewed Through the Net Vitality Lens

October 29 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Stuart N. Brotman

Unlike other comparative studies that rank countries quantitatively based on a simplistic assessment of broadband speeds, Stuart Brotman’s Net Vitality Index measures countries qualitatively to determine how well they are performing in a global competitive environment.

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November 2015

Designing Interaction

November 5 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231,
Cambridge, MA
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Federico Casalegno

Federico Casalegno illustrates innovative ways to creatively design new media and digital interactions to foster connections between people, information, and places.

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Women in Politics: Representation and Reality

November 12 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270,
33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Women are chronically underrepresented in U.S. politics. Yet TV shows, fictions, and films have leapt ahead of the electoral curve. Political consultant Mary Anne Marsh and children/teens book author Ellen Emerson White look at the connections (if any) we can draw between representation and reality.

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