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October 2019

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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Design and Semantics of Form and Movement

Wednesday, October 9 - Friday, October 11
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Design and Semantics of Form and Movement - Beyond Intelligence logo

DeSForM (Design and Semantics of Form and Movement) seeks to present current research into the nature, character and behavior of emerging typologies of connected and intelligent objects within adaptive systems.

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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

The William Corbett Poetry Series

Monday, September 30 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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The inaugural event, featuring poets Ruth Lepson, Keith Jones, Daniel Bouchard, Fanny Howe, Roland Pease, Michael Franco, Patrick Pritchett, Ed Barrett.

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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

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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