2019-2020 Media and Society Lecture Series

Media and Society, now in its fourth 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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    Teju Cole

    October 10, 2019

    3:00 PM | Baskin Auditorium 101

    "This is a time for protest and activism, but it is also a time for subtlety, ambiguity, and nuance." Teju Cole is a photographer, novelist, art historian, the Gore Vidal Professor of Creative Writing at Harvard University, and he was the New York Times Magazine photography critic. He has recently co-authored a book on refugees and displaced people, titled Human Archipelago, and several of his recent pieces for the New York Times focus on the visual depiction of human suffering and its purpose ("A Crime Scene at the Border" and "When the Camera was a Weapon of Imperialism (and still is)"). Co-sponsored by Kresge College, the University Library, the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, The Humanities Institute, EOP, the office of Student Achievement & Equity Innovation, Porter, Merrill, and Cowell Colleges, the African American Resource and Cultural Center, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, HAVC, and SOMeCA.


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    Creative Interventions Panel

    November 12, 2019

    7:10 PM | Media Theatre

    The first annual Creative Interventions panel, a joint production of Media and Society and the Kresge Core course, is an opening, from the Kresge College liberal arts experience to a larger world of research and creative work in computational, sonic, visual, scholarly, activist, and social media. Four Kresge Faculty Fellows — Gerard Casel (Theater/Dance), A.M. Darke (Computational Media), T.J. Demos (History of Art and Visual Culture), and Anna Friz (Film and Digital Media), will address the challenges of justice, environment, culture, and power in society that they strive to engage in their creative research.

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    Manohla Dargis

    Date, Location, and Time TBD

    Manohla Dargis has been the co-chief film critic of the New York Times since 2004. As part of the Feminist Media Histories Initiative, Dargis will speak at UCSC this Winter.

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    Puerto Rico: Filming Resistance and Survival

    March 3, 2020 | Location and Time TBD

    Join us for an advanced movie screening with filmmaker Juan C. Dávila Santiago and activist Marisel Robles Gutiérrez. Promised Island(s) is a documentary that features the story of a new wave of Puerto Rican resistance that spurred in 2016, as an opposition to the approval of the Puerto Rico Oversight Management and Economic Stability Act (PROMESA). The documentary focuses on three fronts of resistance and/or efforts of direct democracy: strikes, street protests, and self-sustaining projects. Sponsored by the Research Center for the Americas, and with co-sponsorship from The Humanities Institute, Santa Cruz Institute, College Nine, College Ten, Kresge College, Environmental Studies Pepper-Giberson Endowed Chair, Sociology Department, Politics Department, Latin American and Latino Studies Department, and Film and Digital Media Department.