Politics and Popular Culture

MIT Media Lab, Bartos Theater 20 Ames Street, Cambridge, MA

With Johanna Blakley, deputy director of the Norman Lear Center at USC; David Carr, media and culture writer for the New York Times; and Stephen Duncombe, associate professor at NYU.

Race and Representation after 9/11

MIT Building 2, Room 105 182 Memorial Drive, Cambridge, MA

What kind of popular culture is made in the context of war? How do notions of civil rights shift in a post-Civil Rights era?

The Turn to “Tween”: An Age Category and its Cultural Consequences

MIT Building 3, Room 270 33 Massachusetts Ave (Rear), Cambridge, MA

How are “tweens” represented in popular culture, including music, television, and YA literature? And how does this relatively new age category intersect with--or elide--issues pertaining to race, class, and gender identity?