Join us in welcoming visiting scholars Des Freedman and E. Patrick Johnson!
Des Freedman is interested in the relationship between media and power together with the political and economic contexts of media policymaking, regulation and reform. He was a founding member and recent chair of the Media Reform Coalition and was project lead for the Inquiry into the Future of Public Service Television chaired by Lord Puttnam. He is a former editor of the Sage journal 'Global Media and Communication' and has edited several strands for openDemocracy including ‘Anti-austerity and media activism’ (with Natalie Fenton and Gholam Khiabany), ‘Liberalism in neo-liberal times’ (with Gholam Khiabanay, Kate Nash and Julian Petley) and ‘Capitalism and universities’ (with Michael Bailey). His latest books include Misunderstanding the Internet (2nd edition, Routledge 2016, with James Curran and Natalie Fenton) and The Contradictions of Media Power (Bloomsbury 2014).
During the Fall 2017 semester, Professor Freedman will be teaching Revolting Media: Communication and Social Change.
E. Patrick Johnson is the Carlos Montezuma Professor of Performance Studies and African American Studies, chair of the department of African American Studies, and the founder and director of the Black Arts Initiative at Northwestern University. A scholar, artist, and activist, Johnson has performed nationally and internationally and has published widely in the area of race, gender, sexuality and performance. He is the author of two award-winning books, Appropriating Blackness and Sweet Tea. He is the editor of Cultural Struggles: Performance, Ethnography, Praxis by Dwight Conquergood and No Tea, No Shade: New Writings in Black Queer Studies. He is co-editor (with Mae G. Henderson) of Black Queer Studies—A Critical Anthology and (with Ramon Rivera-Servera) of solo/black/woman: scripts, interviews, and essays and Blacktino Queer Performance. He is currently at work on an oral history of black southern women who love women.
During the Fall 2017 semester, Professor Johnson will be teaching Black Feminist/Black Queer Theories.
A catered lunch will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis for those who attend the event.
If you are interested in attending please RSVP to Emily Plowman.
The Scholars Program in Culture and Communication was established as a venue for thinking about issues related to culture and communication. Each semester we host two visiting scholars whose presence serves as a valuable extension on the areas of expertise our faculty offer our students. Some of past scholars have included Kevin Robins, Daniel Dayan, Ien Ang, Nick Couldry, Slavko Splichal, and James Curran. Our visiting scholars present public lectures and seminars, teach a semester-long graduate class of their choice and become involved in a series of activities planned to increase interest in issues of culture and communication at the Annenberg School, at Penn, in the Philadelphia area, and in the region in the broadest sense.