From the MIT News Office: “Event offers diverse statements about race and digital media”.
The innovative event was a “huge success,” said Henry Jenkins, professor of literature and director of CMS. “Panelists envisioned a cyberspace transformed to insure the widest possible access, to open up job opportunities for their communities, and to insure that minority voices are taken seriously in the context of citizenly debates.”
In opening remarks, Philip S. Khoury, dean of the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (SHASS), emphasized the importance of diversity in any conversation about the use and direction of new technologies.
“We want to make sure that humanists, artists, social scientists and others are fully engaged in discussing these issues and helping to shape public thinking and policy. Similarly, we want to make certain that our society is also fully engaged with these issues: men and women, and of course all ethnic and racial communities,” said Dean Khoury.