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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Location To Be Determined
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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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Nick Thurston, “Document Practices: The Art of Propagating Access”

Thursday, October 14, 2021 @ 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 Thurston on his current book project, Document Practices, which explores aesthetic and political frameworks for analyzing acts of re-publishing already public documents.

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September 2021

Victoria Cain, “Educated Viewers: Civic Spectatorship, Media Literacy, and American Schools”

Thursday, September 30, 2021 @ 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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The struggle of successive generations of education reformers who attempted to meet massive social and economic crises through careful instruction in media viewing and collective discussion

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Sulafa Zidani, “Messy on the Inside: Internet Memes as Mapping Tools of Everyday Life”

Thursday, September 23, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Hybrid: MIT Building 56, Room 114, and on Zoom, 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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New Comparative Media Studies/Writing faculty member Sulafa Zidani will explore how memes function both in navigating the contested cultural and spatial politics and carving out space in the cultural landscape for youths’ aspirations.

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May 2021

Sandra Rodriguez, “Creating and Interacting with Virtual Entities: Combining VR and AI to Reflect on Human Experiences”

Thursday, May 20, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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Director Sandra Rodriguez (Canada) explores how artificial intelligence (AI) and human creativity meet at a crucial junction, to create compelling virtual worlds and characters that invite interaction, discovery and play.

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April 2021

Jonathan Sterne, “Diminished Vocalities: On Prostheses and Abilities”

Thursday, April 22, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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Most discussions of the voice frame it as a human faculty that is connected to self and agency, as when we say that a political group “has a voice,” or when the tone of voice is taken as expressing a speaker’s inner meaning or selfhood. But how to understand voices that are produced prosthetically?

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James Wynn, “There’s No Place Like Home: Promotional Narratives, Science Fiction, and the Case for Mars Colonization”

Thursday, April 8, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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How do you persuade people to leave their indigenous communities to start new ones in a foreign and sometimes hostile place?

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March 2021

Discuss “The Infiltrators” with director Alex Rivera

Thursday, March 18, 2021 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Poster from "The Infiltrators" showing two main characters behind red stylized bars, vertical to resemble the American flag.

Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories for more than twenty years.

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Joshua Littenberg-Tobias, “Measuring Equity-Promoting Behaviors in Digital Teaching Simulations: A Topic Modeling Approach”

Thursday, March 11, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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As K-12 schools increasingly reckon with our country long history of racist teaching practices, digital simulations may provide ways to help teachers name, re-examine, and reflect on their own practice and move toward anti-racist teaching.

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Beyza Boyacioglu and Jeff Soyk, “Zeki Müren Hotline – Mobile Experience”

Thursday, March 4, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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A 2015 participatory project around Turkish pop star Zeki Müren became a sensation. Now it's been turned into an interactive experience pairing the project's nostalgic messages with vignettes from Müren's life and legacy.

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