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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

E15, Third Floor, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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,
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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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Communicating Science to the Public: Taking Your Research Out of the Lab and into the News

Thursday, January 31 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until Thursday, January 31, 2019

MIT Building 4, Room 253, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

This workshop, hosted by the Graduate Program in Science Writing, will help scientists understand how to communicate complicated research to the general public. Topics to be covered include journalism and mass communication, interviewing, social media, personal websites, science outreach, and science writing -- as well as specific topics of interest highlighted by workshop participants.

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Communicating Science to the Public: Taking Your Research Out of the Lab and into the News

Wednesday, January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until Thursday, January 31, 2019

MIT Building 4, Room 253, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

This workshop, hosted by the Graduate Program in Science Writing, will help scientists understand how to communicate complicated research to the general public. Topics to be covered include journalism and mass communication, interviewing, social media, personal websites, science outreach, and science writing -- as well as specific topics of interest highlighted by workshop participants.

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Writing to Fund Social Action/Social Change/Community Service

Tuesday, January 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 162, Access Via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA
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Independent Activities Period

This workshop reviews different types of fundraising writing, such as grant proposals, crowdsourcing approaches and donation appeal letters.

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