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Elihu Katz Colloquium: Jasmine Nichole Cobb (Ph.D. '09), Duke University

Jasmine Nichole Cobb is the Bacca Foundation Associate Professor of African & African American Studies and of Art, Art History and Visual Studies at Duke University. She is the author of Picture Freedom: Remaking Black Visuality in the Early Nineteenth Century (NYUP 2015) and New Growth: The Art and Texture of Black Hair After Emancipation (forthcoming).

“La revolución nos mal-cogio”: Politics of Identity and the Left in Central America Today

Join us for a part-performance, part-discussion event, featuring Nicaraguan artists Gabriel Miranda and Elyla Sinverguenza (Artist Protection Fund Fellow in residence at Bucknell University). Their projects intervene in the afterlives of revolutionary Marxism through cochona, transfeminist resistance. With their artistic practices as a starting point, this event will consider the overlaps and tensions between discourses of U.S identity politics and the historical legacies of the Central American Left.

Center for Media at Risk Colloquium: Eric Deggans, NPR

This talk explains how media outlets, which consumers trust to cut through and expose problems with racism, sexism, prejudice, and bias, instead can contribute to it. Either they fumble to understand the issues at hand or they cynically exploit the controversies to build ratings, revenue, and influence, regardless of the cost to society. It also provides tips on how to recognize when media outlets are practicing the politics of division and suggestions on how to decode what their messages are really trying to achieve.

Center for Media at Risk Colloquium: Zeyno Ustun, Annenberg School

The Gezi Resistance, a networked movement which erupted in Istanbul, Turkey in June 2013, quickly spread to the rest of the country via the tactical and strategic utilization of the internet. The movement eventually withered away in the face of high-securitization of the city and cyber-space. Ustun will discuss how the political authority in Turkey exerted hierarchical and central control over the internet, and how their central agencies claimed this online territory incrementally, shedding light on how power operates over decentralized networks.

MIC Center Panel Discussion: Democracy Without Journalism?

Join us for a panel discussion engaging with Professor Victor Pickard’s new book Democracy Without Journalism? Confronting the Misinformation Society, with an introduction by Dean John L. Jackson, Jr.

As local media institutions collapse and news deserts sprout up across the country, the U.S. is facing a profound journalism crisis. Meanwhile, continuous revelations about the role that major media outlets — from Facebook to Fox News — play in the spread of misinformation have exposed deep pathologies in American communication systems.

2020 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice

The 2020 Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Lecture in Social Justice will feature civil rights activist Angela Davis and feminist studies professor Gina Dent in conversation with Margo Natalie Crawford, director of Penn’s Center for Africana Studies and professor of English in the School of Arts and Sciences. The conversation will center on racial, economic, and gender justice.

Center for Media at Risk Lecture: Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University

Before interdisciplinarity became a matter of interest and exploration in academia, communication studies was already a post-discipline, located at the intersection of disciplines and fields of study interested in multiple meanings and dimensions of communication. In this presentation, Silvio Waisbord will discuss how, amid continuous chaos and confusion, cultivating a range of public interventions in different settings and areas of expertise is one path to finding commonalities and bridges.   

Center on Digital Culture and Society Launch Symposium

Save the date! CDCS’ launch symposium, Social Justice and the Remaking of Technological Cultures, will take place at the Annenberg School for Communication on April 3, 2020. The event will feature the cutting-edge research of distinguished scholars in several important areas, including digital labor, digital activism, algorithms, technology, race, and gender. Taken together, the featured scholars’ work maps more socially just technological futures, which are of paramount concern in our digitally mediated world. More information is forthcoming.

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