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May 2021

CMS/W Undergraduate Thesis Day 2021

Monday, May 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KSm8nn51Rfyl-mUlmZVK6w Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Come hear presentations by our CMS/W undergraduates on their thesis work. Featuring Miriam Wahid, Sophia Cohen, and Afura Taylor.

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Sandra Rodriguez, “Creating and Interacting with Virtual Entities: Combining VR and AI to Reflect on Human Experiences”

Thursday, May 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Sandra Rodriguez

Director Sandra Rodriguez (Canada) explores how artificial intelligence (AI) and human creativity meet at a crucial junction, to create compelling virtual worlds and characters that invite interaction, discovery and play.

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‘Healing’ Anime in a Pandemic

Monday, May 10 @ 4:00 pm
Zoom information available upon registration Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Young anime girl holding a cat-shaped mask

Join CMS/W professors Paul Roquet and Ian Condry as they discuss "healing-style" anime, centered on the film A Whisker Away.

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April 2021

Jonathan Sterne, “Diminished Vocalities: On Prostheses and Abilities”

Thursday, April 22 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Photo of Jonathan Sterne

Most discussions of the voice frame it as a human faculty that is connected to self and agency, as when we say that a political group “has a voice,” or when the tone of voice is taken as expressing a speaker’s inner meaning or selfhood. But how to understand voices that are produced prosthetically?

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2021 CMS Graduate Thesis Presentations

Friday, April 16 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Join our graduate students as they present their Master's theses to the public. Register here, and the Zoom link will be sent to you.

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James Wynn, “There’s No Place Like Home: Promotional Narratives, Science Fiction, and the Case for Mars Colonization”

Thursday, April 8 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Concept Mars colony

How do you persuade people to leave their indigenous communities to start new ones in a foreign and sometimes hostile place?

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March 2021

Discuss “The Infiltrators” with director Alex Rivera

Thursday, March 18 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Poster from "The Infiltrators" showing two main characters behind red stylized bars, vertical to resemble the American flag.

Alex Rivera is a filmmaker who has been telling new, urgent, and visually adventurous Latino stories for more than twenty years.

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Civic Media Insights: Sulafa Zidani, “‘Speaking in Memes’: The Linguistic and Creative Politics of the Untranslatable Public”

Friday, March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94332660080 MA
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Sulafa Zidani examines the transnational power dynamics within the creative practices of online publics.

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Joshua Littenberg-Tobias, “Measuring Equity-Promoting Behaviors in Digital Teaching Simulations: A Topic Modeling Approach”

Thursday, March 11 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Photo of Joshua Littenberg-Tobias

As K-12 schools increasingly reckon with our country long history of racist teaching practices, digital simulations may provide ways to help teachers name, re-examine, and reflect on their own practice and move toward anti-racist teaching.

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Civic Media Insights: Jabari Evans, “The Anatomy of Digital Clout(chasing): Examining Social Media Visibility, Relational Labor and Empowerment Strategies of Black Youth in Chicago’s Drill Rap Scene”

Thursday, March 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/95369628997 MA
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Jabari Evans explores the content and character of Drill rap artists' work on social media toward acquiring “clout”- a digital form of influence rooted in Hip-Hop that allows marginalized youth to leverage digital tools in building social status.

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Civic Media Insights: Rogelio Alejandro Lopez, “Rebels with a Cause: Youth, Social Movements, and Media”

Friday, March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94875943941 MA
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Using a mixed-methods, and multi-framework approach — social movements and participatory politics — Rogelio Lopez examines notable instances of youth protest and contextualizes them within broader movements to center and prioritize generational and intersectional social justice claims and grievances.

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Beyza Boyacioglu and Jeff Soyk, “Zeki Müren Hotline – Mobile Experience”

Thursday, March 4 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
Zeki Muren Hotline app front page showing Muren with hands on hips

A 2015 participatory project around Turkish pop star Zeki Müren became a sensation. Now it's been turned into an interactive experience pairing the project's nostalgic messages with vignettes from Müren's life and legacy.

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Civic Media Insights: Rachel Kuo, “Movement Media: Racial Solidarities Across Platforms”

Thursday, March 4 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/98427008549 MA
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Looking at processes behind media-making and information sharing, this talk by Rachel Kuo demonstrates ways that racial justice movements create and sustain connections across incommensurable and uneven racial differences.

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February 2021

Civic Media Insights: Burcu Baykurt, “The City as Data Machine: Local Governance in the Age of Big Data”

Friday, February 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/99693116799 MA
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Burcu Baykurt on how Kansas City officials and civic entrepreneurs ignored the needs of already-vulnerable groups, downplayed their legitimate concerns about automated surveillance, and neglected the “data deserts” that they had created.

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Charisse L’Pree, “What is a Media Psychography? A 20-year Methodological Journey”

Thursday, February 25 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
https://mit.zoom.us/j/94619881535 MA
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L’Pree discusses the role of interdisciplinary research and how she has maneuvered a wide variety of methodologies, including quantitative, qualitative, critical, and applied, in order to answer life’s questions.

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