2018-2019 Media and Society Lecture Series

Media and Society, now in its third year at Kresge College, is a series of lectures and discussions on the overlapping roles of media institutions, media producers, universities, and intellectuals in contemporary society. The series aims to serve the UCSC campus in a vital but sometimes overlooked function of the liberal arts: to cultivate public knowledge and discourse, and guard our freedoms in expressing and debating that knowledge.

Now more than ever, it is clear that the role of "the media"—including professional journalists, "citizen" journalists, traditional and non-traditional news organizations, and including conduits ranging from print to podcast—is vitally important and changing. Media and Society provides a forum in which to discuss the implications of that dynamic media landscape, while making clear Kresge's long legacy as a college of writers and journalists. 
Kresge College works with an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and students to ensure that some of the best educational opportunities in the study of media and journalism will be maintained and strengthened at Kresge College.

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    Reyna Grande

    February 19, 2019

    7:10 PM | Kresge Town Hall

    Telling My Truth: Creative Writing and Journalism Reyna Grande (Kresge '99), winner of the American Book Award, the El Premio Aztlán Literary Award, and the International Latino Book Award, recently published her second memoir, A Dream Called Home. In this talk, she'll discuss how creative writing helped her find true representation, a voice, and a sense of purpose in a larger world.


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    Can We Build a Trustworthy and Trusted Press: The Trust Project Challenge

    March 5, 2019

    7:00 PM | Kresge Town Hall

    We all think we can tell the difference between information designed to deceive and journalism designed to inform. But how do we really know? Join Sally Lehrman in a discussion of this critical question in a climate of mistrust and misinformation. Lehrman, an award-winning journalist and Visiting Science & Justice Professor, founded and leads  the The Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies that are developing publicly accessible standards for assessing the quality and credibility of the news you see online.

    Co-Sponsored by the UC Santa Cruz Science and Justice Research Center

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    Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism

    March 12, 2019 | 7:00pm

    Kresge Town Hall

    In this talk, Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble will discuss her new book, Algorithms of Oppression, and the impact of marginalization and misrepresentation in commercial information platforms like Google search, as well as the implications for public information needs.

    Dr. Noble is an Associate Professor at UCLA in the Departments of Information Studies and African American Studies, and a visiting faculty member to the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication. Previously, she was an Assistant Professor in Department of Media and Cinema Studies and the Institute for Communications Research at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2019, she will join the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford as a Senior Research Fellow. She is the author of a best-selling book on racist and sexist algorithmic bias in commercial search engines, entitled Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (NYU Press).

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    Martha Mendoza: Why Journalism Matters

    November 6th, 2018

    7:10pm | College 9, 10 Multipurpose Room

    Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martha Mendoza (Kresge '88) will discuss how news reporting can hold the government accountable, inform the public and, rarely, free slaves. More details here. Co-sponsored by Oakes College and Colleges 9 & 10

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    Ellen Horne

    October 26, 2018

    7:10 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    Tales, Tips and Takeaways from Radio and Podcasting: Through a series of stories, Ellen Horne discusses principles of audio narrative and journalism, and her varied journalism and production work with Radiolab, On the Media, Audible, and audio Ted Talks. A co-production of UCSC's Kresge College, Merrill College, Feminist Studies, Film & Digital Media, and the Science & Justice Research Center

Media and Society is produced with the generous support of