Media and Society: Past lectures


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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 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.





    Creative Inventors

    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.




    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.














    Puerto Rico: Filming Resistance and Survival

    March 3, 2020 | DNA Comedy Club, 7:00-9:30pm

    Join us for an exciting evening with filmmaker Juan C. Dávila Santiago and activist Marisel Robles Gutiérrez. There will be a screening of a short film as well as a work-in-progress about Dávila's new upcoming long-form film project, which follows the resistance movement #SeAcabaronLasPromesas (The Promises Are Over), a movement that was born in 2016 in opposition to the new colonial measures imposed by the U.S. Congress over Puerto Rico.

    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.


  • 2018-2019

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    Ellen Horne: Tales, Tips and Takeaways from Radio and Podcasting

    October 26, 2018

    7:10 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    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
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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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    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

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    Sally Lehrman: Can We Build a Trustworthy and Trusted Press?

    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).

  • 2017-2018

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    Jose Antonio Vargas

    November 30, 2017

    7:10 PM | Colleges 9 & 10 Multi-Purpose Room

    Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas' investigative work (Washington Post, Rolling Stone, San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times) covers AIDS & HIV, cultures of the tech industry, U.S. politics, gay rights, race, and immigration in America. Since 2011, he has achieved international attention for his activism and documentary work on issues facing undocumented Americans.

    Co-sponsored with Student Resource Centers, Colleges 9, 10, and Oakes, UCSC Libraries, the Educational Outreach Program, and the UCSC Foundation.

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    Carrie Kahn: Latin America and the Caribbean: A Correspondent's Perspective

    November 26, 2017

    5:30 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    As NPR's international correspondent based in Mexico City, Carrie Kahn covers Mexico, the Caribbean and Central America. She will address political and economic challenges facing Mexico, Latin America, and the Caribbean, and evolving U.S. relationships with those and other regions. Co-sponsored with UCSC's Science Communication Program.

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    Matthew Renda: Investigative Reporting in Santa Cruz and Beyond

    February 13, 2018

    5:30 PM | Kresge Town Hall

    Matthew Renda is a journalist known both locally and nationally for his investigative work on criminal justice, poverty, and homelessness. He is a freelance writer who has contributed to The Atlantic, CNET, and he is a frequent contributor to the Santa Cruz-based Good Times Weekly. Renda's Atlantic article "The Betrayal of Student Activism" (May 18, 2015) covers national and local responses to the 2015 blockage of Highway 17 by six UC Santa Cruz students.

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    Conn Hallinan: Stumbling Around Freedom: A History of the Press

    March 6, 2018

    5:30 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    A former Provost of Kresge College, and shepherd of the legacy of journalism and media criticism at UC Santa Cruz, Conn Hallinan has written for The Nation and Foreign Policy in Focus. He joins Media and Society to re-tell the history of journalism and the provision of a free press in the United States, and to invite students to a new critical inquiry into their relationship with the news.

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    Amy Goodman in conversation with Daniel Ellsberg

    Moderated by Kresge Faculty Fellow Madhavi Murty, Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies, UCSC

    May 17, 2018

    7:30 PM | Colleges 9 & 10 Multipurpose Room

    Amy Goodman is the host and executive producer of Democracy Now!, a national daily news program airing on over 1,400 public television and radio stations worldwide. Democracy Now! provides independent coverage of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, war and peace, and struggles for social, racial, economic, gender and environmental justice in the U.S. and abroad. Daniel Ellsberg, a former Pentagon official who followed his conscience and leaked secret information about the U.S. government's lies on the war in Vietnam—the so-called Pentagon papers. Both are recipients of the Right Livelihood Award, the "Alternative Nobel."

    Co-sponsored by the Common Ground Center, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, and the UCSC Foundation.

  • 2016-2017

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    Julie Snyder

    October 22, 2016

    10:30 AM | Kresge Town Hall

    This year's UCSC Alumni Achievement awardee chats with students about her roots at Kresge College, her career in broadcast journalism, her work as producer of This American Life, and her award-winning podcast SERIAL. Co-sponsored by University Relations

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    Mimi Lok

    November 17, 2016

    7:10 PM | Media Theater, UCSC

    Activist and advocate for undocumented Americans Mimi Lok discusses her acclaimed oral history series Voice of Witness, co-founded by Dave Eggers and published by McSweeney's. Co-presented with co-editor Corinne Goria.

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    Anna Maria Barry-Jester: Data and Society

    November 22, 2016

    6:30 PM | Kresge Town Hall

    With journalism ranging from election analysis to food systems to prison justice, FiveThirtyEight's Anna Maria Barry-Jester offers perspectives on this year's politics, media, and the future of electoral journalism. Co-sponsored with Porter College.

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    Robert Irion

    April 11, 2017

    6:30 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    National Geographic contributor and UC Santa Cruz Science Communication faculty member Robert Iriion discusses the stakes of contemporary science journalism, his collaborations with Neil Degrasse Tyson, and the early history of our solar system.  Co-sponsored with Porter College.

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    Ian Sherr: Tech Evolution, Media Revolution

    May 2, 2017

    6:30 PM | Kresge Seminar Room

    What do the Syrian refugee crisis, a bunch of Apple lawyers, and President Donald Trump have in common? Reuters and The Wall Street Journal contributor Ian Sherr—also a Kresge College and City on a Hill Press alum—discusses the evolving role of technology in society and social dialogue, and its impacts on his current leadership of CNET News. Co-sponsored by Porter College