The Faculty Research & Projects Forum is a monthly lecture series highlighting exciting and high-impact work produced by the faculty at American University's School of Communication whose work is at the forefront of great communication problems and ideas of our time. Follow #SOCFacultyForum for event information.
MARCH 30: THE WEB HISTORIAN PROJECT: TRACE PARTNERSHIP IN PRACTICE
11:30 A.M. MCKINLEY BUILDING, MEDIA INNOVATION LAB 100
Digital technologies are becoming an essential part of everyday life around the world. Records of digital behavior, digital traces, are being stored and analyzed at an unprecedented scale every day. Who should have access to these traces? What should digital traces be used to accomplish? These are two of the most consequential normative questions of the digital era. The Web Historian project is a pragmatic intervention from the perspective of communication research. Researchers must partner with the technology users they study to repurpose the digital traces that corporations and governments use for surveillance to instead serve the needs of individuals and communities, including the research community. This trace partnership approach is implemented through the Web Historian project which uses data visualizations to inform, empower, and partner with technology users to improve digital research methods in order to better understand technology-infused societies.
Bill Gentile in Afghanistan shooting a documentary for PBS NOW
February 16: WAR, PEACE AND TECHNOLOGY: THRIVING IN THE FIELD BY BACKPACK JOURNALIST BILL GENTILE
11:30 AM | MCKINLEY BUILDING, MEDIA INNOVATION LAB
SOC Film and Media Arts Professor Bill Gentile discusses how he became a conflict-zone journalist, presenting clips from his own archives. Gentile produced and shot "Afghanistan: The Forgotten War," which was broadcast by NOW on PBS and earned him a national Emmy Award nomination. Join him for a behind the scenes look into his archives. WATCH EVENT
November 15: Disability Rights Advocacy Online: Voice, Empowerment and Global Connectivity
11:30 a.m. McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab
In just a few short years, Internet-based media have revolutionized disability rights advocacy. At a time of crisis, online media fostered a renewed sense of unity in the traditionally fragmented disability community, starting a process that is continuing today as advocates try to organize the disability vote in the 2016 election. New digitally native organizations have emerged, which challenged traditional ways of thinking about disability advocacy. Young disabled bloggers have become the new faces of the disability movement. In this talk, Filippo Trevisan will review the changes, challenges, and opportunities that led to these transformations, discussing their significance for the disability community and any movements that seek to spark social change.
11:00 a.m. McKinley Building, Media Innovation Lab
Editors from the Investigative Reporting Workshop, an award-winning, professional news organization based in the School of Communication, will talk about recent grants, partnerships and co-productions with PBS FRONTLINE.
February 23: 2016 Presidential Primaries, the Media and the Mood of the American Voter
Join School of Communication Professors Deen Freelon, Jane Hall, Molly O'Rourke, and Leonard Steinhorn to understand the contemporary political dynamics shaping this primary season, historical precedents that can help explain these dynamics, and the role of social media, mainstream media, and polling institutions in covering and constructing the political conflicts now playing out. WATCH EVENT
March 22: Motherland: Dissecting Identity and the Diaspora
Leena Jayaswal’s strong relationship with making media began with her migration to the United States. As she grew up in the United States, she used the camera to observe both Indian and American cultures. This very act of photographing allowed her to participate and hide at the same time. Identity and the Diaspora have been reoccurring themes throughout Jayaswal’s photography, installations and filmmaking. Vacillating between old land, new land, past and present, her presentation will navigate through issues of belonging. Leena Jayaswal is a full-time professor of Film and Media Arts. She is head of the photography concentration. Her photography has been nationally recognized in galleries around the country. WATCH EVENT