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December 2017

The Emotional Politics of Piracy, Or Why We Feel Intellectual Property Infringement as National Trauma

Thursday, December 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Anjali Vats: "The everdayness and banality of piratical trauma fuels desires for intellectual property maximalism and intellectual property criminalization, which reproduce the very conditions which gave rise to the trauma."

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November 2017

Has Silicon Valley Lost Its Humanity?

Thursday, November 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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The Know It Alls cover

Author Noam Cohen, technology critic Sara M. Watson, and technology journalist Christina Couch discuss the rise of Silicon Valley and whether the drive for innovation degrades our humanity.

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Science Writing Admissions Information Session

Friday, November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MIT Building 14E, Room 304, 160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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Happy students in the Science Writing Program

Science Writing Admissions Information Session Come meet faculty, learn about the program and ask questions.  Light refreshments provided. November 17, 2017 2-4PM 14E-304 Can't make it in person? Participate via live stream on our YouTube Channel. We'll have a chat window open, so you can participate as if you were in the room.

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Fall 2017 Alumni Panel: Matthew Weise, Karen Schrier Shaenfield, Ainsley Sutherland, and Beyza Boyacioglu

Thursday, November 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Join us for this year's alumni panel, when we hear from four alums of the graduate program in Comparative Media Studies as they discuss their experience at MIT and what their careers have looked like in the fields a CMS degree prepared them for.

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CMS Graduate Admissions Information Session

Thursday, November 16 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
MIT Building E51, Room 095, 70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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CMS Graduate Admissions Information Session Come meet faculty and students, learn about the program and ask questions.  Light refreshments provided. November 16, 2017 11AM-1 PM E51-095 Can't make it here? Participate via live stream on our YouTube channel. We'll have a chat room open, so you can ask questions and respond as if you were in the room.

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Brian Michael Bendis: The 2018 Julius Schwartz Lecture

Thursday, November 9 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 123, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA
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Free
Brian Michael Bendis photo

We're thrilled to welcome award-winning comics creator Brian Michael Bendis, a New York Times bestseller and one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics, for the 2018 Julius Schwartz lecture.

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October 2017

Cloud Policy: Anatomy of a Regulatory Crisis

Thursday, October 26 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Jennifer Holt photo

Jennifer Holt examines the legal and cultural crises surrounding the regulation of data in “the cloud.” The complex landscape of laws and policies governing digital data are currently rife with unresolvable conflicts. The challenges of distributing and protecting digital data in a policy landscape that is simultaneously local, national, and global have created problems that often defy legal paradigms, national boundaries, and traditional geographies of control.

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Mapping Climate Change: Contested Futures in New York City’s Flood Zone

Thursday, October 19 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Liz Koslov photo

Explore how certain places come to be seen as “at risk” in anticipation of climate change, and what this way of seeing means for their inhabitants. Drawing on fieldwork over four years in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, the talk will focus on the fraught development and implementation of new FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) flood maps for New York City, where hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars in property now lie in the high-risk flood zone.

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Poetry Reading: Fanny Howe

Tuesday, October 17 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 154, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Fanny Howe

Fanny Howe's most recent collection of poetry is Second Childhood from Graywolf Press. She was a Finalist for the National Book Award.

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Poetry Reading: Nicole Terez Dutton

Monday, October 16 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 154, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Nicole Terez Dutton's work has appeared in Callaloo, Ploughshares, 32 Poems, Indiana Review and Salt Hill Journal.

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Ecological Criticism in the Age of the Database

Thursday, October 12 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Sean Cubitt

Sean Cubitt asserts the value of anecdotal evidence against the rise of statistics, but at the same time wants to confront the difficulties in bringing about an encounter between readers (human or otherwise) and the mass image constructed by social media and search giants.

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An Evening with Sarah Vowell

Thursday, October 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MIT Building 26, Room 100, Access Via 60 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA
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On October 5th, best-selling author Sarah Vowell brings history and humor to MIT.

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September 2017

The Mediated Construction of Reality: from Berger and Luckmann to Norbert Elias

Thursday, September 28 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Nick Couldry photo

Sociologist Nick Couldry radically rethinks the implications of social constructivism for a work saturated not just with digital media, but with data processes

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Platforms in the Public Interest: Lessons from Minitel

Thursday, September 21 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Julien Mailland and Kevin Driscoll

After thirty years in service, Minitel offers a wealth of data for thinking about internet policy and an alternative model for the internet's future: a public platform for private innovation.

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B.I.C. at MIT

Tuesday, September 19 @ 5:15 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA
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Free
BIC at MIT poster

Haitian poet, singer and song-writer Roosevelt Saillant, better known as “B.I.C.” for “Brain. Intelligence. Creativity,” is one of the best known and most creative and prolific artists in Haiti.

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