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Humanities and Technology Speaker Series

Launched in 2012 by Marie Hicks, assistant professor of history, this lecture series brings in speakers from departments across Illinois Tech as well as scholars from the community at large whose work intersects the humanities and technology. Speakers include academics in various fields, media practitioners, library professionals, and public historians. All Illinois Tech staff, students, and faculty are welcome to attend. Talks take in the Department of Humantities conference room in Siegel Hall, room 218, unless otherwise noted. 

Spring 2016

Podcasting Masterclass

Tuesday, March 22
1:30–3:30 p.m.

Podcasting is a medium redefining what it means to broadcast, create a following, and listen and produce audio content. In this Podcast Master Class, facilitator Erin McGregor draws from in-field experience with Queer Public and her in-depth knowledge about how shows such as This American Life, Radio Lab, Invisibilia, Planet Money, and Terry Gross’ Fresh Air put captivating stories and interviews together to draw in listeners. Using elements of news journalism, storytelling, interviews, and conversations, you will learn the necessary skills to produce or host your own podcast. Computers with audio editing software will be provided, and you are encouraged to bring your phone or any other recording device.

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Previous Speakers

Genetic Insecurities

Tuesday, April 7, 2015
by Heather Dewey-Hagborg

In this talk Heather Dewey-Hagborg (SAIC) will discuss her artwork, her journey, and her current body of work/dissertation topic ‘Genetic Insecurities’ which examines DNA in terms of interpretation, identity and new forms of surveillance. The talk will focus on her projects Stranger Visions, DNA Spoofing and Invisible

Heather Dewey-Hagborg is a transdisciplinary artist and educator who is interested in art as research and provocation. Heather has shown work internationally at events and venues including the Poland Mediations Bienniale, Ars Electronica, Transmediale, Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, the Science Gallery Dublin, PS1 Moma, the New Museum, and Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City. Her work has been widely discussed in the media, from the New York Times and the BBC to TED and Wired.

TV, Wide Open: Developing Art for Networked Distribution

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
by Aymar Jean Christian

This talk charts the beginnings of an experiment in developing community-based networked television. The Wide Open series, part of the Open TV network, empowers a diverse set of creative artists to tell original stories as part of an art-driven online anthology series.  Blending elements of scripted entertainment, performing arts, and other creative practices, Wide Open is focused on under-represented artists and audiences -- e.g. queer, black, Latin@, trans, femme, and others) -- and seeks to evolve from an online anthology series into a fully-resourced multimedia platform providing under-served communities with a viable alternative to mainstream entertainment. This project is an intervention in television, film, online video and art industries, all of which undervalue the creative work of people of color and other marginalized workers. The persistent inequality of these creative economies has resulted not only in a stilted mainstream entertainment industry but also a rich, under-explored wealth of diverse artistry already moving forward in alternative spaces. By showcasing underrepresented arts and artists through more open platforms online, Wide Open seeks to build a broad, diverse and consistent audience for underrepresented and under-funded arts, television and film.

Aymar Jean “AJ” Christian is assistant professor in the Media, Technology and Society program in the Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University and editor of Televisual. Dr. Christian researches new media and creative economy. As part of this research he documents the changing market for television across popular and academic publications, including Indiewire and academic journals Continuum, Transformative Works & Culture, First Monday, Cinema Journal and Communication, Culture and Critique. His book-length manuscript, Open TV: Innovation Beyond Networks, will be the first full study on the rise of web video, incorporating years of documenting and participating in this emerging art form and market.

The Community of the Future and What it Means to You

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
by Ed Marszewski

Ed Marszewski will speak about his journey to Bridgeport, “the Community of the Future.” An overview of projects, publications, and other concerns that have informed his practice as an artist/developer, beer nerd, and socially engaged artivist will be shared via projected slideshow with commentary. Students, prepare to be recruited!

Ed Marszewski is the Co-Director of the Public Media Institute, a non profit corporation that programs the space, the Co-Prosperity Sphere; produces the annual Version Festival; and publishes Lumpen magazine, Proximity magazine, Mash Tun Journal and other titles. He is also co-owner of Maria's Packaged Goods & Community Bar and is the President of Marz Community Brewing Co. He also makes work from time to time that focuses on housing rights issues and gentrification.