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October 2017

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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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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Engineering Virality: BuzzFeed’s Scientific Approach To Creating Content

Thursday, September 14 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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BuzzFeed's Walter Menendez: "This talk will detail how BuzzFeed thinks about and creates content, highlighting our paradigms for the function and role of our content."

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Playful Practice: Designing the Future of Teacher Learning

Thursday, September 7 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Justin Reich

In this participatory session, play samples of some of the practice spaces that Justin Reich's team is developing and discuss the theoretical foundations of their vision for the future of teacher learning.

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May 2017

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 02139 United States
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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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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 02139 United States
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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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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 02139 United States
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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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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 02139 United States
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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 02139 United States
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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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