CMS, a media studies program with a twist? Or, a reflective and applied engagement with mediated culture and the culture of mediation? The recent activities of CMS students, staff and faculty sketched out in this issue of In Medias Res demonstrate the vitality of the program as the latter, a critical interface between media (technologies, publics, modes of representation) and core humanities, arts, and social science issues.
Global in reach, cutting-edge in ambition, the people of CMS continue to show the value of a comparative and critical approach to the processes of mediation.
Fall brings with it the excitement of a new group of students and visiting scholars, as well as the experiences of those returning from stints in the field or in the library.
It also brings change. Alex Chisholm, a fixture of the program from its start and a key figure in our outreach to the world of industry, foundations, and donors, has recent- ly accepted a position as director of content at LeapFrog Enterprises, one of our ongoing research partners. This is a tremendous opportunity for Alex, and we wish him our best and look forward to an invigorated relationship with the small but growing colony of CMS alum at LeapFrog.
By the time the next issue of In Medias Res appears, we will have had a changing of the guard. Henry Jenkins will be back at MIT, and it will be my turn to head for the hills (or rather, the Lowlands).
Success with the semester ahead.