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Oct
26
2020

Communication Studies Speaker Series presents Deen Freelon

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When: Monday, October 26, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Madeleine Agaton   847.467.3551

Group: Department of Communication Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

HASHTAG HEROES VS. DISINFO DYSTOPIA: THE LEFT, THE RIGHT, AND THE TRUTH ABOUT SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIVISM

DEEN FREELON is an associate professor in the School of Media and Journalism
at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. His research covers two major areas
of scholarship: 1) political expression through digital media and 2) data science
and computational methods for analyzing large digital datasets. He has authored
or co-authored more than 30 journal articles, book chapters and public reports, in
addition to co-editing one scholarly book. He has served as principal investigator on
grants from the Knight Foundation, the Spencer Foundation and the U.S. Institute
of Peace. He has written research-grade software to calculate intercoder reliability
for content analysis (ReCal), analyze large-scale network data from social media
(TSM), and collect data from Facebook (fb_scrape_public). He formerly taught at
American University in Washington, D.C.

Nov
2
2020

Communication Studies Speaker Series

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When: Monday, November 2, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Madeleine Agaton   847.467.3551

Group: Department of Communication Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

This fall, Communication Studies will have Monday brown-bag talks, combining the speaker series of our three affiliated Ph.D. programs and our regular speaker series.  Please mark your calendars for Mondays from 12:00-1:00 PM for engaging speakers and to hear from our faculty and students.

Speaker and topic details are forthcoming.

Nov
9
2020

Communication Studies Speaker Series/Technology and Social Behavior PhD Series Events hosts a Book Club

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When: Monday, November 9, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Madeleine Agaton   847.467.3551

Group: Department of Communication Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

BOOK CLUB: RACE AFTER TECHNOLOGY

On November 9th, the Communication Studies Speaker Series, in collaboration with the Technology and Social Behavior (TSB) Event Series, is hosting a Book Club meeting where we will read and discuss Ruha Benjamin’s book Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code (2019).

The e-copy of this book is free to the Northwestern community through our library: https://tinyurl.com/ruhabenjaminnu. 

"BOOK ABSTRACT:
From everyday apps to complex algorithms, Ruha Benjamin cuts through tech-industry hype to understand how emerging technologies can reinforce White supremacy and deepen social inequity.

Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to the racism of a previous era. Presenting the concept of the “New Jim Code,” she shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies; by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions; or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Moreover, she makes a compelling case for race itself as a kind of technology, designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice in the architecture of everyday life.

This illuminating guide provides conceptual tools for decoding tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold but also the ones we ourselves manufacture. Race After Technology is the 2020 winner of the Oliver Cromwell Cox Book Award (for anti-racist scholarship) from the American Sociological Association Section on Race & Ethnic Minorities, and it was also awarded an Honorable Mention from the Communications, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology (CITAMS) Book Award in 2020.

RUHA BENJAMIN is an Associate Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, where she studies the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine. She is also the founder of the IDA B. WELLS Just Data Lab and the author of two books, People’s Science (Stanford) and Race After Technology (Polity), and editor of Captivating Technology (Duke). Benjamin writes, teaches, and speaks widely about the relationship between knowledge and power, race and citizenship, health and justice."

Nov
16
2020

Communication Studies Speaker Series hosts NCA Preview

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When: Monday, November 16, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Madeleine Agaton   847.467.3551

Group: Department of Communication Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

This fall, Communication Studies will have Monday brown-bag talks, combining the speaker series of our three affiliated Ph.D. programs and our regular speaker series.  Please mark your calendars for Mondays from 12:00-1:00 PM for engaging speakers and to hear from our faculty and students.

Pariticipant details are forthcoming.

Nov
23
2020

Communication Studies Speaker Series presents Allissa V. Richardson

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When: Monday, November 23, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM  

Where: Online

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Madeleine Agaton   847.467.3551

Group: Department of Communication Studies

Category: Lectures & Meetings

Description:

BEARING WITNESS WHILE BLACK: AFRICAN AMERICANS, SMARTPHONES, AND THE NEW PROTEST #JOURNALISM

BEARING WITNESS WHILE BLACK: AFRICAN AMERICANS, SMARTPHONES AND THE NEW PROTEST #JOURNALISM (Oxford University Press, 2020) tells the story of this century’s most powerful Black social movement through the eyes of 15 activists who documented it. At the height of the Black Lives Matter uprisings, African Americans filmed and tweeted evidence of fatal police encounters in dozens of US cities—using little more than the device in their pockets. Their urgent dispatches from the frontlines spurred a global debate on excessive police force, which claimed the lives of African American men, women, and children at disproportionate rates.

ALLISSA V. RICHARDSON is assistant professor of journalism at USC Annenberg. She researches how African Americans use mobile and social media to produce innovative forms of journalism—especially in times of crisis. Richardson’s research is informed by her award-winning work as a journalism innovator. She is considered a pioneer in mobile journalism (MOJO), having launched the world’s first smartphone-only college newsrooms in 2010, in the U.S., Morocco and South Africa. Richardson won the National Association of Black Journalists’ prestigious Journalism Educator of the Year (‘12) award for her international work. Richardson is an inductee into Apple’s elite Distinguished Educator program. She is the recipient of two esteemed Harvard University posts: the Nieman Foundation Visiting Journalism Fellowship (‘14) and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society Fellowship (‘20). Lastly, she is a fellow in Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism (‘20). Richardson’s research has been published in Convergence, Journal of Communication, Digital Journalism, Journalism Studies and The Black Scholar. Richardson serves on the editorial boards of Digital Journalism and the International Journal of Communication. She is an affiliated researcher with New York University’s Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies (CR + DS) as well. Richardson holds a PhD in journalism studies from the University of Maryland College Park; a master’s degree in magazine publishing from Northwestern University’s Medill School; and a bachelor of science in biology from Xavier University of Louisiana, where she was named a “Top 40 Under 40” alumna.