2017 Spring Semester Theme: Media, Technology, and Civic Engagement

What does it mean to be an engaged citizen in the era of the Internet and mobile phones? How has new technology and new media changed both the way we, as individuals and groups, engage with the world and the manner in which we define citizenship? The spring 2017 semester’s theme, Media, Technology, and Civic Engagement, will explore how contemporary media technologies have both expanded and limited the possibilities for communication, social group formation, and political activism. Our hope is that our engagement with these questions can inform broader campus and community discussions and practices regarding the role of media and technology in civic life.

Events Related to Theme:

Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
“La Cucaracha” and Political Satire

Lalo Alcaraz, political cartoonist

Thursday, March 2, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Black Women Defense Squads in Online Fandom

Kristen Warner, University of Alabama

Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10, 2017
Residency
Erin Hudson, documentary filmmaker

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Film Screenings: Afloat
                                    Our Time is Now

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Keynote: Inviting Empathy through Documentary Filmmaking

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Location, Location, Location: Hollywood’s Precarious Mobility

Kevin Sanson, Queensland University of Technology

Sunday, April 2 through Saturday, April 8, 2017
Residency
Eiko Otake, renowned performance artist

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Conversation with Eiko Otake

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Thoughts on Cybersecurity in an Age of Trump
Robert Deitz, George Mason University

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Anita Tuvin Schlechter Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Hollywood Made in China
Aynne Kokas, University of Virginia

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Stern Center, Great Room, 7 p.m.
Suffragist 3.0: Women and Democracy Online
Marie Tessier, The New York Times