Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program

Social Impact Media Lecture Series

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While debates in recent years about new media have risen to a fever pitch, they have raised legitimate concerns about use and abuse of current technologies.

In response to these concerns and to benefit the communities in which they work, anthropologists of media have focused increasingly on methodologies that combine in-depth ethnography and collaborative media-making production.

At the same time, a new generation of journalists and artists grappling with the expanding dominance of media conglomerates have looked to grassroots, collaborative, and nonprofit multimedia projects designed to both benefit communities and inform larger audiences. This convergence of interest between anthropologists, artists, and journalists has come to be called "social impact" or "social justice" media production, in which producers are concerned as much with the capacity of media to impact and change societies as with its capacity to inform.

Join us at Reed this spring as we explore this emerging form of media production.

Thursday, February 8

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Keynote Lecture: “Thinner Depictions: The Benefits and Hazards of Theorizing in Images and Sounds”
John Jackson
6:30 p.m.
Vollum lecture hall

John L. Jackson, Jr., dean of the School of Social Policy & Practice and Richard Perry University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will examine a few of the reasons why academics—and anthropologists in particular—are often hyper-skeptical of the film camera, following the lead of anthropologists such as Clifford Geertz.

Thursday, February 22

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“Filmmaking as Personal and Political Practice”
Julie Perini
6:30 p.m.
Psychology 105

In this conversation between filmmaker Julie Perini and executive director of the Media Institute for Social Change Phil Busse, Perini will discuss how the twin practices of her personal, autobiographical work and her community-based documentary films inform one other.

Thursday, March 22

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“Speak Up, Make Change”
Sarah Mirk
6:30 p.m.
Psychology 105

Journalist Sarah Mirk will talk about how people listen to stories when they don't listen to data and how activists can harness that power to get seemingly impossible work done.

Thursday, April 5

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“Connecting Communities through Media: Expanding the Narrative in the Digital Age”
André Middleton
6:30 p.m.
Psychology 105

André Middleton, executive director of the nonprofit Friends of Noise, will present a comprehensive overview of the impact of digital media on our society in the modern age, in which technology has leveled the playing field.

Thursday, April 19

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My Drifting Days: Working with Grassroots Media
Erin Yanke
6:30 p.m.
Psychology 105

In this conversation between multi-media artist and agitator Erin Yanke, program director of KBOO Community Radio, and executive director of the Media Instiitute for Social Change Phil Busse, Yanke will discuss her multi-pronged path to making radio, podcasts, movies, books, zines, and records.

Established on the occasion of Reed's centennial with a gift from Dan Greenberg ’62 and his wife and philanthropic partner Susan Steinhauser, the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program aims to bring visiting scholars to campus to support the work of students and provide faculty with the opportunity for in-depth intellectual exchange with a prominent member in their field.

Events sponsored by the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program.

All events are free and open to the public.