About the Lecture
Chenjerai Kumanyika will discuss how his approach to critical media studies attempts to address a scholarly and political environment where both patient, objective analysis and creative, grounded and politically responsive knowledge production are sorely needed. Through accounts of research and narrative journalism that range from policing and state violence in Ferguson, Philadelphia and Charlottesville, to the research and production of Gimlet’s media’s Peabody winning Uncivil podcast, Kumanyika will explore the challenges, methods, and promises of engaged scholarship.
About Chenjerai Kumanyika
Chenjerai Kumanyika is a researcher, journalist, and activist who works as an assistant professor in Rutgers University’s Department of Journalism and Media Studies. His research and teaching focus on the intersections of social justice and emerging media in the cultural and creative industries. He writes about these issues in journals such as Popular Music & Society, Popular Communication, Popular Music, and Pedagogy and Education. In the realm of public scholarship, Kumanyika is the co-executive producer and co-host and of Gimlet Media’s new Peabody award-winning history podcast “Uncivil" and a consultant and guest contributor to Scene on Radio's Peabody award nominated Seeing White series. Kumanyika has also contributed to public media such as Transom, NPR Codeswitch, All Things Considered, Invisibilia, The Moth, Vice, and Rising Up Radio with Sonali Kolhatkar. His January 2015 article on Vocal Color in Public Radio produced for Transom.org spawned a nationwide discussion of diversity and voices in public media.