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September 2019

Ian Condry, “Sound, Learning and Democracy: The Curvature of Social Space-Time through Japanese Music, from Underground Techno to Pop Idols”

Thursday, September 19 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Open Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Professor Ian Condry

Professor Ian Condry explores contemporary Japanese music, with a comparison of diverse examples, such as female Japanese rappers, underground techno festivals, the virtual idol Hatsune Miku, and the pop idol group AKB48.

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Nick Montfort, “Poet/Programmers, Artist/Programmers, and Scholar/Programmers: What and Who Are They?”

Thursday, September 26 @ 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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Nick Montfort is Professor of Digital Media at Comparative Media Studies/Writing. He develops computational poetry and art and has participated in dozens of literary and academic collaborations.

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The William Corbett Poetry Series

Monday, September 30 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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The inaugural event, featuring poets Ruth Lepson, Keith Jones, Daniel Bouchard, Fanny Howe, Roland Pease, Michael Franco, Patrick Pritchett, Ed Barrett.

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October 2019

Helen Elaine Lee: “Pomegranate”

Thursday, October 3 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Helen Elaine Lee reads from the manuscript of her novel, Pomegranate, about a recovering addict who is getting out of prison and trying to stay clean, regain custody of her children, and choose life.

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Design and Semantics of Form and Movement

Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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DeSForM (Design and Semantics of Form and Movement) seeks to present current research into the nature, character and behavior of emerging typologies of connected and intelligent objects within adaptive systems.

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Anushka Shah, “How Entertainment Can Help Fix the System”

Thursday, October 10 @ 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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Anushka Shah asks, our trust in politics and public institutions is falling globally — can entertainment and pop culture be a way out?

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Andrea Cohen: The William Corbett Poetry Series

Tuesday, October 22 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Andrea Cohen

Andrea Cohen is the author of six poetry collections, including, most recently Nightshade and Unfathoming.

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Paloma Duong, “Portable Postsocialisms [postsocialismos de bolsillo]”

Thursday, October 31 @ 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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Assistant Professor Paloma Duong on "how revisiting our assumptions about digital media and cultural agency, both in Cuba and in the broader hemispheric context, can speak to the dreams and demands of constituencies that operate between, beneath, and beyond the pressures of global markets and the nation-state."

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November 2019

Lucy Suchman, “Artificial Intelligence & Modern Warfare”

Thursday, November 7 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Lancaster University's Lucy Suchman's concern is with the asymmetric distributions of sociotechnologies of (in)security, their deadly and injurious effects, and the legal, ethical, and moral questions that haunt their operations.

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2019 Comparative Media Studies Graduate Admissions Information Session

Thursday, November 14 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
MIT Building E51, Room 095, 70 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA
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Please RSVP. Meet faculty and research managers, learn about the program, and ask questions. Followed at 5pm with an event with The Black List's Franklin Leonard.

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December 2019

T.L. Taylor, “Play as Transformative Work”

Thursday, December 5 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Professor of Comparative Media Studies T.L. Taylor will explore the ways game live streamers are transforming their otherwise private play into public entertainment.

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