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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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October 2019

William Uricchio, “Why Co-Create? And Why Now? Reports from A Field Study”

Thursday, October 24 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Open Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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William Uricchio

Professor William Uricchio on how co-creation is picking up steam as a claim, aspiration, and buzz-word du jour. But what is and why does it matter?

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Vivek Bald, “If I Could Reach the Border…”

Thursday, October 17 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Open Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Vivek Bald, Bengali Harlem

Vivek Bald will read from a new essay that uses a teenage encounter with police and the justice system to explore questions of immigrant acceptability, racialization, and the South Asians American embrace of model minority status.

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

Thursday, October 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Open Area), 20 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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Helen Elaine Lee: “Pomegranate”

Thursday, October 3 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Open Area), 20 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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September 2019

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 E15, Room 318 (Open Area), 20 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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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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Christopher Weaver, “Amplius Ludo, Beyond the Horizon”

Thursday, September 12 @ 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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Professor Christopher Weaver, Founder of Bethesda Softworks, will discuss how games work and why they are such potent tools in areas as disparate as military simulation, childhood education, and medicine.

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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 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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