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May 2022

Mary Beth Meehan and Fred Turner, “Seeing Silicon Valley”

Thursday, May 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area) and streamed on Zoom, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Acclaimed photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Silicon Valley historian and media scholar Fred Turner discuss their recently published and award-winning book Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America.

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April 2022

“Saving the News: Why the Constitution Calls for Government Action to Preserve Freedom of Speech,” a Conversation with Martha Minow and Heather Hendershot

Thursday, April 14 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Minow proposes a new fairness doctrine, regulating digital platforms as public utilities, using antitrust authority to regulate the media, policing fraud, and more robust funding of public media.

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March 2022

Jens Pohlmann, “Platform Regulation and the Digital Public Sphere: Comparing the Discourse in Germany and the United States”

Thursday, March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Analyzing the discussion about a German anti-hate speech law called the Network Enforcement Act and the debate about a reform of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act in the United States.

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Racquel Gates, “Reintroducing Melvin Van Peebles”

Thursday, March 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States

Gates considers the history of her own research on Van Peebles’s films, and details the pleasures — and challenges — of trying to create a bridge between the worlds of academic film studies and more public facing consumer film culture.

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Katherine Jewell in conversation with Ian Condry, “Party City: WMBR, Institutional Change, and Democratic Media”

Thursday, March 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area) and streamed on Zoom, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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How MIT radio station WMBR, with a license held by an independent non-profit corporation, built a meaningful community institution despite transformations within the university, its student body and organizations, as well as regulatory changes.

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February 2022

Hillary Chute, “Maus Now: Spiegelman’s Graphic Novel and the Present Tense”

Thursday, February 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States

Chute highlights what Spiegelman’s comics narrative, which is about history, reveals about the form’s capacity both to register the continuousness of history and also to function in today’s context as a text of resistance to fascism.

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Jorge Caraballo, “How to Use Audio Storytelling to Cultivate a Community and Keep it Engaged”

Thursday, February 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States

Jorge Caraballo will draw from experience as the former Growth Editor at Radio Ambulante – Latin America's most popular documentary podcast – and highlight different ways in which storytelling can be the starting point of new collective identities.

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Eric Freedman, “Non-Binary Binaries and Unreal MetaHumans”

Thursday, February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States

Are the MetaHuman Creator and similar simplified building tools democratizing the field of digital content creation? Are they fostering more diverse representations and narratives, and supporting the free play of identity in playable media?

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Samantha N. Sheppard, “Changing the Subject: Lynn Nottage’s By the Way, Meet Vera Stark and the Making of Black Women’s Film History”

Thursday, February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States

Samantha N. Sheppard examines how Nottage’s play and paratexts produce a speculative fiction and archive about Black women’s media histories, staging what she calls a phantom cinema.

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December 2021

Alexandra To, “Uplifting Us: Design Opportunities in Centering Racialized Experiences in Games”

Thursday, December 9, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States

Alexandra To will describe some of the game design opportunities present in centering the experiences of people of color from the beginning

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Ekene Ijeoma, “Poetic Justice: Art at the same scale society has the capacity to destroy”

Thursday, December 2, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area) and streamed on Zoom, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

How Poetic Justice has been developing a series of generative sound and video portraits of linguistic and ethnic diversity in US cities, Black thought and expression in the US, liberty and equality across multiple countries, and Black lives lost to COVID-19 in the US.

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November 2021

Craig Robertson, “‘Information at Your Fingertips’: The Filing Cabinet and the Gendering of Information Work”

Thursday, November 18, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area) and streamed on Zoom, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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When information became a thing that could exist at the end of your fingertips, those fingers belonged to women.

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Graphic Materiality, Trauma, and Expressionist Comics: Artist’s Talk With Leela Corman

Thursday, November 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

A talk and Q&A about Corman's graphic novels and short comics on the topics of generational and personal trauma, New York City history, Polish-Jewish life, and amateur women's wrestling.

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October 2021

Edward Schiappa, “The Transgender Exigency: The Role of Media Representation”

Thursday, October 28, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

The collision of prejudice and visibility has led to a series of controversies that involve "regulatory definitions" imposed by institutions or legislatures, some of which are the subject of Schiappa’s forthcoming book, The Transgender Exigency: Defining Sex & Gender in the 21st Century.

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Memorial Colloquium for Professor Jing Wang

Thursday, October 21, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

At this Colloquium, we publicly honor our late professor Jing Wang's life and work, featuring brief talks by some of those who knew her best.

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