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May 2019

Media in Transition 10: A Reprise – Democracy and Digital Media

Friday, May 17 - Saturday, May 18
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Concepts of participation, trust, and democracy are increasingly fraught, essential, and powerfully repositioned. How will our news media look and sound in the next decade? What can we learn from news media of the past? What can international perspectives reveal about the variability and fluidity of media landscapes?

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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

Machine Visions

Tuesday, April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

MIT Building 10, Room 150 MA 02139 United States
machine visions

Machine Visions is a grad student-run event series focused on developing cross-department connections around topics related to computer vision at MIT.

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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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Machine Visions

Tuesday, March 19 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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One event on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:00 pm

MIT Building 10, Room 150 MA 02139 United States
machine visions

Machine Visions is a grad student-run event series focused on developing cross-department connections around topics related to computer vision at MIT.

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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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Poetry Reading: David Rivard

Monday, March 11 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 124, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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David Rivard

David Rivard’s most recent book, Standoff, received the 2017 PEN New England Award in Poetry and was listed by The New Yorker in its “Books We Loved in 2016” roundup.

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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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Poetry Reading: Raquel Salas Rivera

Tuesday, March 5 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Raquel Salas Rivera

Raquel Salas Rivera is the 2018-19 Poet Laureate of Philadelphia. They are the author of while they sleep (under the bed is another country) from Birds, LLC and the inaugural recipient of the Ambroggio Prize from the Academy of American Poets for their book x/ex/exis.

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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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January 2019

Discotheque Music and Technology

Thursday, January 31 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 3:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, January 31, 2019

MIT Building 14E, Room 109, 160 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, 02139 United States
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Independent Activities Period

Each session will start with an informal talk and discussion on developments in DJ craft and tools over 5 decades, followed by a listening session of a music genre that fueled those changes, inspired creativity, and reimagined the dance floor.

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