Beginning this term, webcasts of all Communication Forum talks will be made available by MIT World, which provides free on-demand video of significant public events at MIT.
“The Communications Forum is a welcome addition to our video collection,” said Laurie Everett, MIT World’s project manager, about the arrangement. “These scholarly discussions help MIT World stay true to its mission to present a wide range of ideas and topics to a global audience of learners.”
The MIT Communications Forum, founded by Ithiel de Sola Pool who taught in the Department of Political Science, has sponsored talks on all aspects of communications for more than 25 years. An article about the Forum and CMS appeared in the fall 2005 issue of In Medias Res.
“The rapid expansion of broadband and wireless technology makes these webcasts feasible and significant. The collaboration strengthens both the Forum and MIT World,” said Literature Professor and Forum Director David Thorburn.
This spring, the Forum will sponsor a conversation between former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky and Thorburn; and three linked forums on the state of TV the economics of television, the changing face of television news and a discussion with David Milch, creator of HBO’s Deadwood.
The Forum will continue to make audio recordings of its talks available from web.mit.edu/comm-forum about 48 hours following live events. Webcasts will be available from MIT World approximately a month following live events.
MIT World currently hosts nine Forum events. To browse titles, go to mitword.mit.edu and under “Video Finder” select “MIT Communications Forum” from the “All Hosts” dropdown menu.