In Medias Res, Spring 2002

CMS Director Henry Jenkins

CMS Director Henry Jenkins

Welcome to In Medias Res, the new newsletter of MIT Comparative Media Studies. A Latin term that literally means “in the middle of things” or “in the thick of things,” in media res is often used to refer to the act of joining the story already in progress in theater or literature. Certainly, we are always in the “thick of things” here and sometimes forget to share good news with the total of students, faculty, staff, advisors, and friends that enliven our community. As we continue to gain momentum, we hope to do better, launching this newsletter as a first step in formalizing some of our communications; you will read about other outreach efforts throughout the issue. We hope to publish In Medias Res a couple of times each term with the goal of bringing all of us more fully into a regular communications loop.

As you read, you will see that we have all created a thriving community, involving a diverse group of people who regularly make invaluable contributions to CMS education and research activities. Thanks to all who dedicate their time, energy, thoughts, and money to the young endeavor that is CMS. As always, we welcome input, especially suggestions of ways you would like to contribute to the program and work with CMS students. By design, CMS is a big tent under which we entertain a wide variety of intellectual interests and activities. We’d like all to feel at home and part of the action.

Read on. Enjoy. And, celebrate! For we all have much to be proud of!

Henry Jenkins

About Henry Jenkins

Henry Jenkins is the Provost’s Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending the previous decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Cultureand From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His newest books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. He is currently co-authoring a book on“spreadable media” with Sam Ford and Joshua Green. He has written for Technology Review, Computer Games, Salon, and The Huffington Post. - See more at:


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