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February 2020

Matthew Berland, “Creative Agency: Making, Learning, and Playing towards Understanding Computational Content”

Thursday, February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Associate Professor Matthew Berland

Matthew Berland on how we can create environments where learners are supported in developing creative agency, and how we might assess or evaluate success.

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Desmond Upton Patton, “Contextual Analysis of Social Media: The Promise and Challenge of Eliciting Context in Social Media Posts with Natural Language Processing”

Thursday, February 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Associate Professor Desmond Upton Patton

Desmond Upton Patton introduces a critical systematic approach for extracting culture, context and nuance in social media data. The Contextual Analysis of Social Media (CASM) approach considers and critiques the gap between inadequacies in natural language processing tools and differences in geographic, cultural, and age-related variance of social media use and communication.

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Marina Bers, “Coding in Early Childhood: Storytelling or Puzzle Solving?”

Thursday, February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Professor Marina Bers

Prof. Marina Bers will describe current research on a pedagogical approach for early childhood computer science education called “Coding as Another Language”.

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March 2020

Meghan Sutherland, “Variety, Genealogy, History: On the Politics of Media Convergence”

Thursday, March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Meghan Sutherland - University of Toronto

Recasting the phenomenon of "media convergence" as a matter of aesthetic form fundamental to the biopolitical imaginary of liberalism and neoliberalism but to the idea of governmental "technology".

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April 2020

Elinor Carmi, “Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media”

Thursday, April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Elinor Carmi, Liverpool University

The politics behind categories we take for granted such as spam and noise, and what it means to our broader understanding of, and engagement with media.

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