Media in Transition 6: stone and papyrus, storage and transmission

MIT Building E51 70 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

What are the implications of the tension between storage and transmission for education, for individual and national identities, for notions of what is public and what is private?

Script as Image

MIT Media Lab, Room 633 75 Amherst St., Cambridge, MA

Jeffrey Hamburger surveys the many aspects of medieval script as a pictorial form, using examples from Late Antiquity to the late Middle Ages and beyond.

The Bengali Harlem/Lost Histories Project: Documenting South Asian America’s Interracial Past

MIT Building 4, Room 231 Cambridge, MA

Vivek Bald discusses his transmedia project documenting the lives of Bengali Muslim ship workers and silk peddlers who entered the United States at the height of the Asian Exclusion Era and quietly settled and intermarried within African American and Puerto Rican neighborhoods from Harlem to Tremé in New Orleans and Black Bottom, Detroit.

Vincent Brown: “Designing Histories of Slavery for the Database Age”

MIT Building 56, Room 114 Access via 21 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

By wrestling creatively and collectively with the difficult archival problems presented by social history of slavery, Harvard's Vincent Brown hopes to chart new pathways for pondering history’s most painful and vexing subjects.

Time Traveling with James Gleick

MIT Building 2, Room 190 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

International best-selling author and science historian James Gleick discusses his career, the state of science journalism, and his newest book Time Travel: A History, which delves into the evolution of time travel in literature and science and the thin line between pulp fiction and modern physics.