Claremont Discourse Schedule - Fall 2017

Claremont Discourse is the signature faculty lecture and discussion series sponsored by the Claremont Colleges Library. Claremont Discourse features faculty discussing their recent publications, research, or artistic creations.

Lectures will be held in the Founders Room of Honnold/Mudd Library. Discussion will follow each lecture, and refreshments will be provided.

Claremont Discourse: The Changing Landscape of Media

Is the First Amendment Under Attack? A Claremont Discourse Constitution Day Panel

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017, 4:15 PM

Given the current climate in the United States, this year on Constitution Day, we must ask “Is the First Amendment Under Attack?” How should free speech, a guaranteed constitutional right, be defined? Should there be limits on what is protected? We have invited a panel of Claremont Colleges faculty to explore these complex and consequential questions.

With Mark Golub, Associate Professor of Politics, Scripps College; Lily Geismer, Associate Professor of History, Claremont McKenna College, and Jean Schroedel, Professor of Political Science, Claremont Graduate University.
Moderated by Julie Liss, Scripps College, Professor of History.

Mistrust of Representation in the Era of Big Data and Virtual Reality

Mark Andrejevic, Associate Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College.
Thursday, October 12, 2017 4:15 PM

The paradox of the digital era is that the promise to build a more informed populace has coincided with the rise of false news and the undermining of the efficacy of information itself. This presentation places the rise of false news within the broader context of the rise of digital media. It explores an emerging aesthetic of “framelessness” associated with virtual reality and contemporary forms of surveillance that contribute to the contemporary mistrust of representation.

This mistrust poses a threat to the core principles of democratic deliberation and governance, contributing to the contemporary political crisis. Where we go from here depends on how we understand the underlying issue, which is not just one of polarization and fragmentation, but also a misleading way of thinking about news and information. Resuscitating representation means resisting the fantasy of total information: that we don’t know enough until we know everything.

Media that Matters: Collaboration, Visibility, Resistance

Gina Lamb, Media Studies, Pitzer College
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 4:15 PM

Today’s fast mobile media speeds up our screen life to 15-minute news cycle, and one-click slacktivism and targeted algorithmic bubblespheres disconnect us from our immediate surroundings. In this context, how do we foster a “slow media” movement with glocalized impact, that utilizes participatory media production as a conduit to spark dialogue directly with our neighbors? Hyper-local, and culturally specific productions bring surrounding urbanscapes into new focus, shifting existing relationships by challenging hegemonic corporate media sources that distort, or more often simply ignore, the stories and visibility of entire communities. In this lecture, Prof. Lamb will share example clips highlighting 15 years of collaborative media projects with local community and students.

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