Tag Archives: Race

Media provocations: Notes from SummerCulture in Vancouver

This year’s SummerCulture is taking place in Vancouver, where we’ve been lucky to have a number of really fascinating conversations with activists, academics and journalists about media, both as an industry and a cultural form. Here are some shout outs for people doing work that I found mindblowingly inspiring for feminism, activism and social justice. We met Minelle […]

Blogging for a Better Future: Reflections on Identity, Immigration, Digital Culture, and US/China

Editor’s note: This semester, I am teaching a large undergraduate course on “Media, Culture, and Society in Contemporary China.” Given the amount of coverage about China in the American news media, I ask students to follow current news related to China and write a weekly one-page blog-style essay to share their observations and reflections. They […]

An Open Letter: Remembering the Greensboro Four

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…

John Jackson on Love as a Form of Politics

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 […]

Ruha Benjamin and Activist Approaches to STS

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 […]

On Marilyn Zuniga and the Miseducation of Children of Color

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,…

Biocode: Exploring the Edge

This week at the University of Pennsylvania, academics, activism, and art will converge at Biocode: Performing Transgression After New Media, a three-day conference envisioned and organized by Penn graduate students across several departments, including gender studies, education, communication, English, history of art, and political science. From April 9 through April 11, Biocode participants will lead audience members through […]

Save the Date: Meet Simone Browne!

Simone Browne, Associate Professor in the Department of African and African Diaspora Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, will present her work on surveillance and race at the April 9 – April 11 Biocode conference at Penn. Please join the Media Activism Research Collective and meet Professor Browne for a prelude to Biocode on April 8 at 5 p.m. in Annenberg room 225. Professor Browne […]