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May 2019

POSTPONED: “No Yankee Rule for Us”: Annexation Rumors and the Interwar Circum-Caribbean Black Press

Wednesday, May 1 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Reena Goldthree

Princeton's Reena Goldthree examines how Caribbean newspapers—published in the islands and in the diaspora—facilitated the spread of annexation rumors and provided a crucial platform for West Indians to challenge U.S. imperial expansion.

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April 2019

Civic Arts Series, “Do-it Yourself Cinema: Portable Film Projectors as Media History”

Wednesday, April 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Haidee Wasson illustration by Mauricio Cordero

Haidee Wasson will explore the long and vibrant place of portable film devices in the history of small media, repositioning the "movie theatre" as the singular or even central figuration of film presentation and viewing.

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Civic Arts Series: “Thumbs Type and Swipe” featuring DIS’s Lauren Boyle

Wednesday, April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Lauren Boyle

DIS enlists leading artists and thinkers to expand the reach of key conversations bubbling up through contemporary art, culture, philosophy, and technology, with the aim to inspire, inform and mobilize a generation around the urgent issues facing us today and tomorrow.

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The Battle of Algiers as Ghost Archive: Specters of a Muslim International

Wednesday, April 3 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Sohail Daulatzai photo

Sohail Daulatzai on The Battle of Algiers' "competing narratives, a battleground over the meaning and memory of decolonization and Western power, and a site for challenging the current imperial consensus."

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March 2019

Civic Arts Series, “Gaming the Iron Curtain: Computer Games in Communist Czechoslovakia as Entertainment and Activism”

Wednesday, March 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Jaroslav Švelch photo

The idiosyncratic and surprising ways computer hobbyists in Czechoslovakia challenged the power of the oppressive political regime and harnessed early microcomputer technology for both entertainment and activism.

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Stuart Cunningham and David Craig: “Social Media Entertainment”

Wednesday, March 13 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Stuart Cunningham and David Craig

Media scholars Stuart Cunningham and David Craig propose challenging, revisionist accounts of the political economy of digital media, the precarious status of creative labor and media management, and the possibilities of progressive cultural politics in commercializing environments.

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Civic Arts Series: Opeyemi Olukemi

Wednesday, March 6 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Opeyemi Olukemi

Throughout her career as an interactive producer, funder and public programmer, Opeyemi Opeyemi has created spaces and pipelines for interdisciplinary artists, communities, and creative teams to experiment with and create meaningful innovative content.

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February 2019

“The Good Stuff”: The Intersections of Work, Leisure, and Relational Bonding on Tumblr and Patreon

Wednesday, February 27 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Nicholas-Brie Guarriello photo

Nick-Brie Guarriello on the political economies and labor demands of micro-celebrity and Influencer culture across social media platforms regarding the Pokémon GO community.

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Civic Arts Series, “Bringing the War Home”: Visual Aftermaths and Domestic Disturbances in the Era of Modern Warfare

Wednesday, February 20 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 270, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Caren Kaplan photo

Caren Kaplan is Professor of American Studies at the University of California, Davis, and affiliated faculty in Cultural Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

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November 2018

The Language of Civic Life: Past to Present

Thursday, November 29, 2018 @ 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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Roderick Hart

The University of Texas' Roderick Hart argues that disagreements – endless, raucous disagreements – draw citizens in, or at least enough of them to sustain civic hope.

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Civic Arts Series: Myron Dewey

Thursday, November 15, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 001 (“The Cube”), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Illustration of Myron Dewey

Myron Dewey has pioneered the blending of citizen monitoring, documentary filmmaking, and social networking in the cause of environment, social justice and indigenous people's rights.

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2018 CMS Alumni Panel

Thursday, November 1, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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On the heels of the day’s graduate program information session, join us for our annual colloquium featuring alumni of CMS, discussing their lives from MIT to their careers today.

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October 2018

#MoreThanCode: Practitioner-led Research to Reimagine Technology for Social Justice

Thursday, October 25, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
#MoreThanCode cover

Sasha Costanza-Chock explores key findings and recommendations from #MoreThanCode (morethancode.cc), a recently-released field scan based on more than 100 practitioner interviews.

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Civic Arts Series: Marisa Morán Jahn

Thursday, October 18, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 001 (“The Cube”), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Illustration of Marisa Morán Jahn

Marisa Morán Jahn is a multi-media artist, writer, educator and activist, whose colorful, often humorous uses of personae and media create imaginative pathways to civic awareness of urgent public issues.

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Civic Arts Series: Daniel Bacchieri

Thursday, October 4, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 001 (“The Cube”), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Illustration of Daniel Bacchieri

Brazilian journalist Daniel Bacchieri and his StreetMusicMap collaborators are exploring the creative possibilities of collective story-telling through performance.

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