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NYU Professor and Students Help Create a New Grammy® Special Merit Award for Best Song for Social Change

The Recording Academy announced the creation of a special merit award for Best Song for Social Change. The award was proposed by Music Business Professor Carlos Chirinos. Students cataloged 400 songs dealing with social change.
Areas of Study: Education Media Studies The Arts

Ensuring Greener Operations for Global Communication

Media, Culture, and Communication Professor Nicole Starosielski is part of a research team that will offer the first carbon footprint assessment of subsea cables—a global network that currently carries 99% of transoceanic Internet traffic.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

Lisa Gitelman Explains Why Trump's Twitter Archive is a Pressing Concern for Media Historians

In an op-ed for CNN, Media, Culture, and Communication professor Lisa Gitelman shows how the Trump twitter ban highlights a larger question of preserving context and content in digital communication.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

With ACLS/Mellon Fellowship, Nicholas Mirzoeff Pursues Anti-Racist Visual Activism

A leading figure in the field of Visual Culture, the Media, Culture, and Communication professor is spending the 2020/21 year as a Scholar in Residence at the Magnum Foundation.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

PhD Student is Lead Cultural Consultant and Lead Writer for Age of Empire Video Game

Media, Culture, and Communication doctoral student Tony Brave was the lead cultural consultant for the Indigenous people portrayed in Age of Empire III.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

Evaluating Corporate Commitment to Social Justice

In the midst of a global pandemic and against the backdrop of heightened focus on police violence and the inequities experienced by the black community, MCC's 4 Weber Shandwick Scholars were assigned a timely project by the DC office.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

Studying the VR/AR Industry

A new course on the business of VR is coming to MCC Fall 2020. We spoke to the professor, Samantha Wolfe.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

PhD Student Receives Prestigious Newcombe Fellowship

Harris Kornstein is a 2020 recipient of a fellowship awarded by the Woodrow Wilson Foundation.
Areas of Study: Media Studies

Race and Media

How is race mediated? How do racism and white supremacy communicate and disseminate? The urgency of these questions is self-evident. The responses are not so simple. This class is a participation and experience based workshop to explore the persistence and prevalence of race and settler colonialism in the United States. It takes three key figures for examination: the law, poetry and monuments. Each contributes a different angle to our key questions, allowing us to triangulate and experiment. Enslavement was sustained by the law and the legal decisions taken before and after slavery have become part of the collective culture. Poetry allows insights into the experience of racism and settler colonialism, as well as the role of language in mediating and communicating them. The monuments to past figures have become newly visible since Black Lives Matter and the white supremacist rally at Charlottesville. Each member of the workshop will contribute from the perspective of their own experience and ancestry. While this is a safe space, answers to the questions being examined are not given.

The Question of Whiteness

Responding to widespread calls for the undoing and transformation of whiteness, this seminar explores the possibilities of antiracist visual activism through the question of whiteness. For “whiteness” is produced within the racialized encounter, at the intersection the instant of recognition (or misrecognition) and the wider historical moment. It is the foundational “object” of racial hierarchy, often represented by a statue. Faced with (Ivy League endorsed) “cultural distance nationalism” and efforts to provoke a “race war,” visual activism seeks instead to find a way to non-sovereign freedom in collective subjectivity. To that end, it takes intersectional cultural encounter and the will to hospitality as its ways of becoming. Such encounters result, as A. Sivanandan put it to white British people, from the process by which: “we are here because you were there.”
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