Coco Fusco joins as an MLK Visiting Scholar for 2014-15

Coco FuscoShe follows Ta-Nehisi Coates, who taught within CMS/W the last two years. Via SHASS:

The School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS) is honored and excited to welcome Coco Fusco to the MIT community for the 2014-15 academic year.

Fusco will serve as a visiting associate professor in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing (CMS/W) program. She will be hosted by Edward Schiappa, the John E. Burchard Professor of Humanities and head of CMS/W, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Junot Díaz, the Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Writing.

Established in 1991, the MLK Visiting Professors and Scholars Program honors the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. While at MIT, MLK visiting scholars and artists enhance their scholarship, enrich the intellectual life of MIT, and are deeply engaged in the life of the Institute through teaching and research.

Fusco is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist and writer who is the recipient of a 2013 Guggenheim fellowship, a 2013 Absolut Art Writing Award, a 2013 Fulbright fellowship, a 2012 United States Artists fellowship, and a 2003 Herb Alpert Award in the Arts. Her performances and videos have been presented in two Whitney Biennials (1993 and 2008), BAM’s Next Wave Festival, the Sydney Biennale, the Johannesburg Biennial, the Kwangju Biennale, the Shanghai Biennale, InSite O5, Mercosul, Transmediale, the London International Theatre Festival, VideoBrasil, and Performa 05.

Fusco received her BA in semiotics from Brown University (1982), her MA in modern thought and literature from Stanford University (1985), and her PhD in art and visual culture from Middlesex University (2007). She has taught at the Tyler School of Art, Columbia University School of the Arts, Parsons The New School for Design, and the Fundacão Armando Alvares Penteado in Brazil.

She was also our guest speaker for an October 2013 colloquium:

Andrew Whitacre

About Andrew Whitacre

Andrew directs the communications efforts for CMS/W and its research groups. A native of Washington, D.C., he holds a degree in communication from Wake Forest University, with a minor in humanities, as well as an M.F.A. in creative writing from Emerson College. This work includes drawing up and executing strategic communications plans, with projects including website design, social media management and training, press outreach, product launches, fundraising campaign support, and event promotions.


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