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January 2019

Writing for Videogames: It’s Almost as Fun as it Sounds

Thursday, January 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Independent Activities Period

Best-selling author Micah Nathan tells you "what I’ve done right in my career, what I’ve done wrong, and I’ll offer suggestions on both world-building and character-building."

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December 2018

Poetry reading: Troy Jollimore and Heather Altfeld

Wednesday, December 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Troy Jollimore and Heather Altfeld

Troy Jollimore is a poet, philosopher, and literary critic. His first collection of poetry, Tom Thomson in Purgatory, won the National Book Critics Circle award for poetry in 2006. Heather Altfeld's latest book, The Disappearing Theatre, won the Poets at Work Book Prize

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January 2015

Disney Fairies Film Series

Wednesday, January 7, 2015 - Friday, January 16, 2015
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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The mostly-female cast is generally portrayed as being extremely competent and working collectively to solve problems, even as the films fall back on formulaic personality conflicts.

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April 2012

Designing Digital Humanities

Thursday, April 26, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

Johanna Drucker tells us how designers have a major role to play in the collaborative envisioning of new formats and processes.

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March 2012

Media Culture in the Occupy Movement: from the People’s Mic to GlobalRevolution.tv

Thursday, March 1, 2012 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
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Sasha Costanza-Chock investigates media practices in the Occupy movement and develops an analytical framework of social movement media culture.

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January 2012

From Favela to the Big Screen: the Contemporary Brazilian Cinema

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 - Thursday, January 19, 2012
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Poster for City of God

The three-day event will be a guided exhibition through Brazilian cinema, listing points to pay attention to and discuss after screening.

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Five Emigre Directors and the Rise of Film Noir

Monday, January 9, 2012 - Monday, January 30, 2012
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Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's M

This series will demonstrate how film noir emerged as a powerful alternative to other film styles and genres in Hollywood from the 1930s to the 1950s.

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May 2011

Race and Representation after 9/11

Wednesday, May 11, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
Cynthia Young

What kind of popular culture is made in the context of war? How do notions of civil rights shift in a post-Civil Rights era?

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April 2011

(Face)book of the Dead

Thursday, April 21, 2011 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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In the Age of Always Connect, are we witnessing a plague of oversharing? Are social networks its vectors of transmission? Is this the "Death of Shame"?

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March 2011

Amaranth Borsuk, “Between Page and Screen: Digital, Visual, and Material Poetics”

Thursday, March 31, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
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Amaranth Borsuk

Amaranth Borsuk discusses her poetic practice as a multi-media writer and artist, reading selections from recent work and showing images and performance footage from current projects.

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How Documentary Went Digital: the Implications of Informal Filming and Skeptical Audiences

Thursday, March 17, 2011 @ 4:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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John Ellis will argue that "Films are now seen as documents of interactions rather than expositions of fact."

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February 2011

From Elsinore to Monkey Island: Theatre and Videogames as Performance Activities

Thursday, February 17, 2011 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Clara Fernández-Vara

Clara Fernández-Vara, a Comparative Media Studies alumna, explains her journey from researching Shakespeare in performance to studying and developing videogames.

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May 2009

Ralph Baer, Baer Consultants

Thursday, May 7, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Ralph Baer

Ralph Baer on the continuum of invention, development, and marketing novel product ideas.

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April 2009

The Discipline of Political Messages in an Unruly Era

Thursday, April 30, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Tucker Eskew

Tucker Eskew explores the permanent campaign(s) of the last ten years. What is "message discipline" in an era of atomized opinion leadership -- a necessity or a fool's errand?

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Chris Claremont: “Opening Doors, Building Worlds”

Thursday, April 16, 2009 @ 5:00 pm
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Cover of X-Men and Teen Titans

Chris Claremont of X-Men fame will address thoughts and considerations that go into building a world that can support years of use.

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March 2009

Authorship, Appropriation, and the Fluid Text: Versions of the Law

Thursday, March 19, 2009 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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John Bryant

John Bryant and Wendy Seltzer ask, how does technology abet appropriation? How might it assist the useful designation of boundaries? Is the law keeping up?

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February 2009

Identity-as-Place: Fictive Ethnicities in Online Games & Virtual Worlds

Thursday, February 5, 2009 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Celia Pearce will use Uru Diaspora, a game community from the defunct massively multiplayer game Uru: Ages Beyond Myst, which immigrated into other games.

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November 2008

Lev Manovich

Thursday, November 6, 2008 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Lev Manovich

Lev Manovich is the author of The Language of New Media, which is hailed as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan."

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October 2008

Comics and Social Conflict

Thursday, October 23, 2008 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Diana Tamblyn, Ho Che Anderson, and Jeet Heer on the unique opportunities comics allow for critiquing and revising dominant historical narratives.

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September 2008

Playing with Stuff: The Material World in Performance

Thursday, September 18, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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John Bell

John Bell examines the nature and implications of object performance both as a global cultural tradition and as a contemporary medium that dominates our culture.

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The Myths and Politics of Media Violence Research

Thursday, September 11, 2008 @ 5:00 pm
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Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson

Lawrence Kutner and Cheryl Olson present their book, Grand Theft Childhood: The Surprising Truth About Violent Video Games and What Parents Can Do.

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A Conversation with Junot Díaz

Friday, September 5, 2008 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
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Junot Díaz photo

Questions of genre and secondary world construction in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and the Caribbean, and the failure of realism as a narrative strategy.

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April 2007

Michael Cuthbert: “Ambiguity, Process, and Information Content in Minimal Music”

Thursday, April 19, 2007 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Michael Cuthbert

Our ability to understand and be interested in the compositions at the extremes has kept pace.

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March 2007

Old World, New World: How Communities, Culture, Connectivity, and Commerce are Changing How We Create Culture, Media, Education and Politics

Thursday, March 15, 2007 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Alan Moore, co-author of Communities Dominate Brands, believes that community-based engagement initiatives will replace the traditional media orthodoxies.

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Many Eyes: A Site for Social Data Analysis

Thursday, March 8, 2007 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Screen image of Many Eyes website

IBM's Visual Communication Lab recently launched Many Eyes, a website devoted to a new social style of data analysis and visualization.

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November 2006

Media Evangelism in the Global South

Thursday, November 2, 2006 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Timothy Stoneman outlines the historical origins, systemic achievements, and interpretive implications of the American missionary radio broadcasting enterprise in Africa, Asia, and Latin America during its formative era, 1945 to 1970.

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October 2006

New Media and Art

Thursday, October 26, 2006 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Lauren Cornell

This roundtable is made up of leading figures in the field of media art curators, authors, network directors, and innovative developers who will address the current issues on art in the age of digital reproduction.

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Marketing in the Age of Consumer Empowerment

Thursday, October 12, 2006 @ 5:00 pm
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Scott Donaton, associate publisher and editorial director of the Ad Age Group and author of Madison & Vine, will talk about why user-empowerment is the key trend in business.

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September 2006

Re-Inventing Television: Podcasting and the Future of Media

Thursday, September 28, 2006 @ 5:00 pm
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Chris Boebel and David Tamés will discuss the production of ZigZag, MIT’s video podcast and reflect on the evolution of broadcast media and the rise of video on the web.

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Comics: An Art Form in Transition

Thursday, September 14, 2006 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Scott McCloud self-illustration

Print comics have struggled toward maturity through the literate graphic novel movement. Now, it's experiencing a vastly different set of growing pains on the web.

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May 2006

May Irwin’s Kiss

Thursday, May 4, 2006 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Charles Musser

May Irwin's Kiss: The Beginnings of Cinema and the Transformation of American Culture with Charles Musser, co-chair of the Film Studies Program and professor of American Studies, Film Studies and Theater Studies at Yale.

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February 2006

Noir: The Shorthand Guide…

Thursday, February 2, 2006 @ 6:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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This session will briefly look at Film Noir's roots in German Romanticism and Expressionism, its relationships with contemporary arts, and its successors in contemporary film culture.

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January 2002

Aspects of Mildred Pierce

Monday, January 28, 2002 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
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Mildred Pierce poster

A screening of the film noir classic "Mildred Pierce," preceded by short talks. Prof. William Uricchio will discuss the evolution from book (1941) to movie (1945). Prof. Edward Turk will speak on Joan Crawford and queer spectatorship. Screening will be followed by discussion and, of course, pie. Though not required, reading the novel Mildred Pierce by James M. Cain is recommended.

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Martian Successor Nadesico Anime Series

Monday, January 7, 2002 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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Poster of characters from Martian Successor Nadesico

Find out why Animage readers voted this 26-episode anime series "Best Anime Show of All Time". Three episodes each weekday with discussion.

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February 2001

Beefcake: Physique Photography and Representations of Gay Desire in the 1950s

Thursday, February 1, 2001 @ 7:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
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DVD cover for the film Beefcake with man in muscular pose

This talk with Chris Pomiecko will examine the history of male physique photography and films which climaxed as an expression of hidden gay male desire in the 1950s and 1960s.

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January 2001

Adapting Linear Storytelling in an Interactive Age

Monday, January 22, 2001 @ 9:00 am
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
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A week of lectures and workshops where teams will consider and develop story concepts for emerging media, including visual effects and computer games.

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Revolutionary Girl Utena Anime Series

Monday, January 8, 2001 @ 5:00 pm
MIT Building 2, Room 105, 182 Memorial Drive
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States
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We will present the entire 39-episode Japanese anime series which won both the Kobe and Best TV Animation awards at Animation Kobe '97.

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