Edward Schiappa, “The Transgender Exigency: The Role of Media Representation”

Streamed live on Zoom

The collision of prejudice and visibility has led to a series of controversies that involve "regulatory definitions" imposed by institutions or legislatures, some of which are the subject of Schiappa’s forthcoming book, The Transgender Exigency: Defining Sex & Gender in the 21st Century

Ekene Ijeoma, “Poetic Justice: Art at the same scale society has the capacity to destroy”

Zoom, and (for MIT only) E15-318 Common Area 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Ijeoma will share how Poetic Justice has thinking through this question by developing a series of generative sound and video portraits of linguistic and ethnic diversity in US cities, Black thought and expression in the US, liberty and equality across multiple countries, and Black lives lost to COVID-19 in the US.

Eric Freedman, “Non-Binary Binaries and Unreal MetaHumans”

Streamed live on Zoom

Are the MetaHuman Creator and similar simplified building tools democratizing the field of digital content creation? Are they fostering more diverse representations and narratives, and supporting the free play of identity in playable media?

Racquel Gates, “Reintroducing Melvin Van Peebles”

Gates considers the history of her own research on Van Peebles’s films, and details the pleasures — and challenges — of trying to create a bridge between the worlds of academic film studies and more public facing consumer film culture.

Mary Beth Meehan and Fred Turner, “Seeing Silicon Valley”

Zoom, and (for MIT only) E15-318 Common Area 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, Massachusetts

Acclaimed photographer Mary Beth Meehan and Silicon Valley historian and media scholar Fred Turner discuss their recently published and award-winning book Seeing Silicon Valley: Life inside a Fraying America.