Like our Lectures? You’ll Love our Re/Lab Workshops!

Re/Lab is a series of hands-on workshops with media makers and thinkers during the spring 2015 Semester.  If you are interested in the topics covered in our UMS…

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Hello and Welcome!

Welcome to the School of Media Studies’ Understanding Media Studies Spring 2015 Lecture series. This lecture series is both a matriculated class for incoming SMS students and also…

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Orientation to School Resources with Paul Abruzzo, New School Libraries, and Aliya Zlotkin, University Learning Center

Orientation to Research Resources: see “Student Resources” on the SMS Guidebook Guest: Paul Abruzzo, Instructional Services Librarian, New School Libraries Guest: Aliya Zlotkin, University Learning Center Livestream available…

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Garnet Hertz: “Critical Making: Foundations and Processes of Critically Engaged Design Practice”

Garnet Hertz, Canada Research Chair in Design and Media Arts, Emily Carr University of Art + Design: “Critical Making: Foundations and Processes of Critically Engaged Design Practice” Note:…

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Ben Vershbow: “Time Machines, Community Gardens, and Other Metaphors for Libraries” and Dragan Espenschied: “Understanding the Creation of Artifacts of Digital Culture”

Ben Vershbow, Director, New York Public Library Labs: “Time Machines, Community Gardens, and Other Metaphors for Libraries”   UMS Lecture 02-24-15 from Understanding Media Studies on Vimeo. View…

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Laura Kurgan: “Seeing Through Data”

Laura Kurgan, Associate Professor of Architecture; Director, Spatial Information Design Lab; GSAPP Columbia University: “Seeing Through Data”   UMS Lecture 03.30.15 from Understanding Media Studies on Vimeo. View our students’…

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Jeanne Liotta: “The Real World at Last Becomes a Myth: Ruminations on Art and Science”

Jeanne Liotta, Artist and Filmmaker, University of Colorado Boulder Film Studies and the Bard MFA Program: “The Real World at Last Becomes a Myth: Ruminations on Art and…

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Chi-hui Yang: “Curating Media: Idea Combustion as Knowledge Production”

Chi-hui Yang, Film Curator: “Curating Media: Idea Combustion as Knowledge Production” UMS Lecture 04.06.15 from Understanding Media Studies on Vimeo. Abstract: In this session, Yang will discuss his…

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Melissa Gregg: “This Productive Life”

Melissa Gregg, Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation: “This Productive Life”     UMS Lecture 04.13.15 from Understanding Media Studies on Vimeo. Abstract: The rise of personal productivity systems reflects the…

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Brian Larkin: “Techniques of Inattention: Religion and the Mediality of Loudspeakers in Nigeria”

Brian Larkin, Barnard College, Columbia University: “Techniques of Inattention: Religion and the Mediality of Loudspeakers in Nigeria”  Watch the video here: UMS Lecture 03.09.15 from Understanding Media Studies…

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Stephanie Boluk: “Welcome to Flatland: Money, Metagames, and Valve’s Digital Economy”

Stephanie Boluk, Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute: “Welcome to Flatland: Money, Metagames, and Valve’s Digital Economy” TECH UPDATE: Because of the sensitivity of some of the issues addressed in this…

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Lawrence Abu Hamdan: “Aural Contract : The Voice Before the Law”

Lawrence Abu Hamdan, Artist, PhD Candidate and Lecturer, Forensic Audio Investigator: “Aural Contract : The Voice Before the Law” Co-Sponsored by the Vera List Center for Art &…

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Joe Inzerillo: “Mathematical Interplay of Accelerated Bodies: Or, How I Learned Not to Slide Into First Base”

Joe Inzerillo, Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, MLB (Major League Baseball) Advanced Media: “Mathematical Interplay of Accelerated Bodies: Or, How I Learned Not to Slide Into First…

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Jim Paradis: “Reflections on the Cultural History of Surveillance”

Jim Paradis, Robert M. Metcalfe Professor of Writing and Comparative Media Studies, MIT; Visiting Researcher, The New School: “Reflections on the Cultural History of Surveillance” UMS Lecture 05.04.15…


Nick Montfort: “Computer Programming for Developing a Better Society”

Nick Montfort, Associate Professor of Digital Media, MIT; Visiting Researcher and Part-Time Lecturer, The New School: “Computer Programming for Developing a Better Society”   UMS Lecture 05.11.15 from…