Originally posted on Penn BGAPSA:
Ezell Blair Jr. David Richmond. Franklin McCain. Joseph McNeil. On February 1, 1960, four young men walked purposefully in the crisp, Carolina air, sharing an uneasy silence. They were making history though they hardly knew it at the time. Between their North Carolina A&T dorm rooms and Woolworth’s Drug Store…

Last week, I watched John Jackson give a very moving talk as part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Signature Program at Penn, with Philadelphia’s only black-owned talk radio station, WURD, recording the talk. He began by reading from Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, and for the record, I would pay good money to have an […]

On November 17, a few MARC members attended a wonderful talk titled “Diversity in the Archives: Preserving Ephemeral Activist Culture,” organized by Temple University Libraries. A summary would not do justice to the quality of the speakers, so what follows is just a list of the exciting projects they are working on. Bergis Jules, UC Riverside […]

This October did not only bring colder weather and colorful autumn landscapes, but also an opportunity to connect and re-connect with activists and scholars including several MARC members as we met in beautiful Copenhagen to engage with questions of political agency and digital media. The occasion was the biennial conference of the Communication and Democracy […]

Sometimes you go to a talk just because the title is so great, which was the case with Ruha Benjamin’s recent presentation through Drexel’s Center for Science Technology & Society: Star Trek Meets the Black Panthers: Experimenting with Science and Technology Studies In and Outside the Academy. The talk was rooted in thinking about connections […]

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania is hosting its 3rd biannual graduate student conference, co-organized with the Annenberg School for Communications’ Media Activism Research Collective. The theme this year is “Protest” and will feature a keynote address by Marcia Ochoa and presentation by Isa Noyola. Please circulate widely and […]

When and why do activist organizations choose particular mass media strategies? Can silence be an effective media tactic? Deana A. Rohlinger, a professor of sociology and a research associate in the Pepper Institute of Aging and Public Policy at Florida State University, takes on these questions and more in her new book, Abortion Politics, Mass Media, and Social […]

Originally posted on Becoming Dr J:
I was ten years old when I first learned that Black children don’t have the same “freedom of speech” that all American citizens are supposed to have. I had been having a bad day. In my breakout science class, someone was making noise. The teacher had her back turned,…

Last week, the Annenberg School for Communication’s 3620 Podcast published an episode examining the relationship between the University of Pennsylvania and the city of Philadelphia, focusing particularly on the issue of PILOTs, or Payments in Lieu of Taxation. Podcast producers Aaron Shapiro and John Vilanova explain: Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United States […]

Recently, a documentary film called Under the Dome made by the former celebrity investigative journalist Chai Jing caused a sensation in China and in global media. A film in the style of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, Under the Dome is an impassioned exposé of the causes and consequences of air pollution. It is an […]