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April 2017

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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Poetry Across Borders

Tuesday, April 18 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
MIT Building 6, Room 120, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Poetry Across Borders

As part of MIT’s Day of Action/Day of Engagement, come share poems from cultures beyond the US.

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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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Amar Boghani speaking at 2013 thesis presentations

CMS Graduate Thesis Presentations

Friday, April 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cambridge Residence Inn, Doc Edgerton Room, 6 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, MA
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You are cordially invited to attend the thesis presentations of the Class of 2017 in Comparative Media Studies. The event will be held in the Doc Edgerton room, on the first floor of the Cambridge Residence Inn at 6 Cambridge Center. Coffee and conversation at 9:30, presentations begin at 10:00 am. Open to the public. For those unable to attend, the presentations will be live streamed via our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/MITComparativeMediaStudiesWriting

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Barbie and Mortal Kombat 20 Years Later

Thursday, April 6 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Yasmin Kafai and Gabriela Richard

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

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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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March 2017

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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Poetry Reading: Kathleen Ossip

Monday, March 20 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA
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Kathleen Ossip is a 2016-2017 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, and is the editor of the poetry review website SCOUT.

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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: "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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POSTPONED Poetry Reading: Mark Pawlak

Tuesday, March 14 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA
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An M.I.T. alumnus (B.S. Physics, 1970), Mark Pawlak is the author of nine poetry collections and the editor of six anthologies.

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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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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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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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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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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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