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May 2020

Science Writing Graduate Thesis Presentations 2020

Friday, May 15 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
MIT Student Center Mezzanine Lounge, 84 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
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Devi Lockwood speaking at Science Writing thesis day 2019

CMS/W and The Graduate Program in Science Writing invite you to the Thesis Presentations of the Class of 2020, May 15 starting at 9am.

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April 2020

Katha Seidman, “Historic Drama-Documentaries and Immersive Installations”

Thursday, April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States + Google Map
Photo of Katha Seidman

A five-time nominee and three-time Emmy Award winning production designer, Seidman has designed many historic drama-documentaries for PBS, the History Channel and the Discovery Channel.

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Sasha Costanza-Chock presents Design Justice

Tuesday, April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Press Bookstore, 301 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Design Justice book cover

Associate Professor Sasha Costanza-Chock presents their new book, Design Justice, at the MIT Press Bookstore on April 28.

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Lily Bui, “Centering Peripheries: Warning Systems and Disaster Risk Reduction Planning on the Island City”

Thursday, April 23 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Livestream MA United States
Lily Bui, Ph.D.

CMS alum Lily Bui on the ways in which warning and planning are interrelated, as well as how planning and warning processes take place over time.

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Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren F. Klein, “Data Feminism”

Thursday, April 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
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“The goal of this work is to transform scholarship into action – to operationalize feminism in order to imagine more ethical and more equitable data practices.”

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CMS Thesis Day 2020!

Friday, April 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Livestream MA United States + Google Map
Amar Boghani speaking at 2013 thesis presentations

Join us as we host our class of '20 Comparative Media Studies graduate students as they present their master's theses (virtually this year, sigh).

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CANCELLED: David Thorburn: The William Corbett Poetry Series

Wednesday, April 8 @ 5:15 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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David Thorburn

David Thorburn has been a teacher of literature for 55 years, 44 of them at MIT where he is Professor of Literature and Comparative Media and Director Emeritus of the MIT Communications Forum. Knots is his first book of poetry.

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POSTPONED UNTIL FALL: Elinor Carmi, “Media Distortions: Understanding the Power Behind Spam, Noise, and Other Deviant Media”

Thursday, April 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Elinor Carmi, Liverpool University

The politics behind categories we take for granted such as spam and noise, and what it means to our broader understanding of, and engagement with media.

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March 2020

CANCELLED: Artificial Intelligence and Ethics

Thursday, March 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 237, 182 Memorial Drive (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Featuring Stephanie Dick, UPenn; Paul Dourish, UC-Irvine; Kate Klonick, St. John's University; and Safiya Noble, UCLA. Moderated by MIT professor Fox Harrell.

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CANCELLED: Charles North: The William Corbett Poetry Series

Monday, March 16 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 141, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Poet Charles North

Charles North's New and Selected Poems What It Is Like headed NPR’s Best Poetry Books of the Year. Among many other awards, he has received two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships and a Poets Foundation Award.

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POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2021: Meghan Sutherland, “Variety, Genealogy, History: On the Politics of Media Convergence”

Thursday, March 12 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Meghan Sutherland - University of Toronto

Recasting the phenomenon of "media convergence" as a matter of aesthetic form fundamental to the biopolitical imaginary of liberalism and neoliberalism but to the idea of governmental "technology".

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Shawna Kidman, “The Infrastructure of the U.S. Comic Book Industry and the Long History of Superheroes in Hollywood”

Thursday, March 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Shawna Kidman

"The best way to understand the immense influence of this relatively small business is through a political economic analysis. Specifically, she will discuss industrial infrastructure—the aspects of our media environment that often lack public visibility."

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February 2020

Marina Bers, “Coding in Early Childhood: Storytelling or Puzzle Solving?”

Thursday, February 27 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Professor Marina Bers

Prof. Marina Bers will describe current research on a pedagogical approach for early childhood computer science education called “Coding as Another Language”.

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Joan Naviyuk Kane: The William Corbett Poetry Series

Tuesday, February 25 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 32 (Stata Center), Room 155, 32 Vassar Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Poet Joan Kane

A 2019-2020 Hilles Bush Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Joan Naviyuk Kane was a 2018 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

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Desmond Upton Patton, “Contextual Analysis of Social Media: The Promise and Challenge of Eliciting Context in Social Media Posts with Natural Language Processing”

Thursday, February 20 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
MIT Building E15, Room 318 (Common Area), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Associate Professor Desmond Upton Patton

Desmond Upton Patton introduces a critical systematic approach for extracting culture, context and nuance in social media data. The Contextual Analysis of Social Media (CASM) approach considers and critiques the gap between inadequacies in natural language processing tools and differences in geographic, cultural, and age-related variance of social media use and communication.

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