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December 2011

Before Fox News: Right-Wing Broadcasting, Cold War America, and the Conservative Movement

Tuesday, December 20, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Right-wing broadcasting was reborn when Reagan suspended the Fairness Doctrine in 1987, enabling the rise of Rush Limbaugh, and Fox News shortly thereafter.

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September 2012

George Lakoff, “The Brain’s Politics: How Campaigns Are Framed and Why”

Tuesday, September 11, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater (Room 070), 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA United States
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George Lakoff

Everything we learn, know and understand is physical — a matter of brain circuitry. This basic fact has deep implications for how politics is understood, how campaigns are framed, why conservatives and progressives talk past each other, and why progressives have more problems framing messages than conservatives do — and what they can do about it.

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April 2013

News or Entertainment? The Press in Modern Political Campaigns

Thursday, April 11, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Mark McKinnon

Mark McKinnon and Ta-Nehisi Coates discuss whether our political journalism is serving democratic and civic ideals.

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September 2013

Ethan Zuckerman: “Digital Cosmopolitanism and Cognitive Diversity”

Thursday, September 26, 2013 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA 02139 United States + Google Map

By examining perspectives we are exposed to and insulated from, we may be able to design tools and approaches that help readers increase their cognitive diversity and prepare themselves to tackle transnational challenges.

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January 2014

Aswin Punathambekar: “Media, Sociability, and Political Potentials in Contemporary India”

Tuesday, January 28, 2014 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Media Lab, Room 633, 75 Amherst St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Instead of a narrow emphasis on political effects, Aswin Punathambekar draws on a range of cases across India, China, and the Middle East to ask: what happens when such phases of participation fade away?

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February 2014

Civic Lunch Series: Jenny Stromer-Galley

Thursday, February 20, 2014 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
MIT Center for Civic Media, 20 Ames St.
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Photo of Jenny Stromer-Galley

Jenny Stromer-Galley on how Obama’s campaign was not the first nor even the most innovative in using digital media in the work of campaigning.

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April 2015

The Dancing Body of the State: Queer Social Dance, Political Leadership, and Black Popular Culture

Thursday, April 23, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA 02139 United States + Google Map

Thomas DeFranz "wonders at the intertwining of African American social dances and political leadership, conceived as the bodies of elected officials."

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October 2015

Dissolve Unconference: A Summit on Inequality

Thursday, October 8, 2015 @ 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Stata Center Lawn Cambridge, MA 02139 United States + Google Map

Featuring social scientists, media theorists, writers, artists, activists, this unconference asks: "How can we dissolve the structures of power that produce today’s inequalities?"

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From Firing Line to The O’Reilly Factor

Thursday, October 22, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA 02139 United States + Google Map
Heather Hendershot photo

How did political TV and radio move from honest intellectual combat to become a vast echo chamber? Heather Hendershot will answer this difficult question.

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November 2015

Women in Politics: Representation and Reality

Thursday, November 12, 2015 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02319 United States
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Women are chronically underrepresented in U.S. politics. Yet TV shows, fictions, and films have leapt ahead of the electoral curve. Political consultant Mary Anne Marsh and children/teens book author Ellen Emerson White look at the connections (if any) we can draw between representation and reality.

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April 2016

Being Muslim in America (and MIT) in 2016

Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02319 United States
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Being Muslim in America

Cambridge City Councilman Nadeem Mazen and Wise Systems co-founder Layla Shaikley--both MIT alumni--join engineering student Abubakar Abid to explore how hateful, discriminatory rhetoric influences public opinion, discuss its impact on the lives of Muslim-Americans, and examine strategies to combat it.

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November 2016

Illuminating 2016: Using Social Listening Tools to Understand the Presidential Campaign

Thursday, November 3, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 133, 33 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Jennifer Stromer-Galley portrait

Jennifer Stromer-Galley describes the large-scale collection and machine learning techniques used to study how presidential candidates use social media.

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February 2017

Race and Racism in the 2016 Presidential Election

Thursday, February 23, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02319 United States
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Photo of Jamelle Bouie

Slate's Jamelle Bouie on how race and ethnicity framed the election and how journalists and content creators can improve coverage of these issues moving forward.

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March 2017

From Stereopticon to Telephone: The Selling of the President in the Gilded Age

Thursday, March 16, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Charles Musser photo

Charles Musser: "19th century media forms set in motion not only a new way of imagining how to market national campaigns and candidates; they also helped to usher in novel forms of mass spectatorship."

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April 2017

Michael Lee: “The Conservative Canon Before and After Trump”

Thursday, April 27, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 56, Room 114, Access via 21 Ames Street
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Photo of Michael Lee

Michael J. Lee charts the vital role of canonical post–World War II (1945–1964) books in generating, guiding, and sustaining conservatism as a political force in the United States.

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January 2018

Unleashing Alternative Futures: Constructing New Worlds through Imagination, Narrative, and Radical Hope

Wednesday, January 24, 2018 - Wednesday, January 31, 2018
MIT Building 9, Room 217, 105 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Independent Activities Period

Learn from the rich ancestry of speculative fiction, exercise collaborative ideation and world-building, and create stories and art that may unleash new futures to topple the hegemonic order.

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March 2018

The (Non)Americans: Tracking and Analyzing Russian Influence Operations on Twitter

Thursday, March 1, 2018 @ 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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Deen Freelon, UNC

University of North Carolina's Deen Freelon will explain how he and his collaborators are addressing challenges to analyzing Russian political influence operations and present key preliminary findings from their ongoing project focused on this campaign.

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April 2018

Republican Resistance in the Age of Trump

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MIT Building 3, Room 270, 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear)
Cambridge, MA 02319 United States
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Stuart Stevens photo

Stuart Stevens believes Republicans are in a “GOP apocalypse,” and he’s mobilizing conservatives to stop it.

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May 2018

Ordinary Violence and Network Form: On #blacklivesmatter

Thursday, May 3, 2018 @ 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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Scott Richmond

Scott C. Richmond argues that what is at stake in #blacklivesmatter is a Black political form that is also an emphatically network form, operating below, beyond, and to the side of what can be practiced, grasped at the level of the individual, of intention, and of representation.

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April 2019

The Battle of Algiers as Ghost Archive: Specters of a Muslim International

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 @ 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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