Friday, September 2, 2011

Henry Jenkins to Visit IUB in September

Prof. Jenkins will be at IU for the following 3 events (all scheduled for Friday September 30). All events are free and open to the public:

Friday September 30
RTV 180 (IUB, 790 E Kirkwood Ave):

Graduate Student Brown Bag discussion with Professor Jenkins, in partnership with the Department of Telecommunications' Media Arts and Sciences Lecture Series. Graduate students get first dibs on lunches provided (first come, first served). Join the conversation with Professor Jenkins as he discusses the threads that connect his distinguished and interdisciplinary scholarship.

Friday September 30
Optometry 105 (IUB, 744 East 3rd Street):

The Rob Kling Center for Social Infomatics (RKCSI), in partnership with Digital@IU, Indiana University’s Department of Communication and Culture, The School of Education, Department of Telecommunications, and the Sawyer Seminar on Science Studies, presents:

Henry Jenkins, Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California

RKCSI LECTURE SERIES TITLE: Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture

ABSTRACT: Of all of the changes in the new media environment over the past two decades, perhaps the biggest has been a shift in how media content circulates -- away from top-down corporate controlled distribution and into a still emerging hybrid system where everyday people play an increasingly central role in how media spreads. Cultural Studies has historically been centered around issues of production and reception and has had much less to say about circulation. What issues emerge when we put the process of grassroots (often unauthorized) circulation at the center of our focus? How does it change our accounts of the relationships between mass media and participatory culture? How might it shake up existing models of viral media and web 2.0? This far-reaching talk, based on a forthcoming book which Henry Jenkins has authored with Sam Ford and Joshua Green, offers snapshots of a culture-in-process, a media ecology which is still taking shape, suggesting what it means not only for the futures of entertainment but also of civic life.

Friday September 30
FARMbloomington (108 East Kirkwood Ave),

Please join us, from 5PM-7PM at FARMbloomington, for a reception honoring Henry and celebrating the launch of the Digital@IU initiative, a research collaboration of faculty and graduate students from the Departments of Communication and Culture, Telecommunications, and the School of Journalism. Free appetizers and a cash bar will be provided. Get to the party before the good eats disappear!

Jenkins Bio:
Henry Jenkins is the Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California. He arrived at USC in Fall 2009 after spending the past decade as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program and the Peter de Florez Professor of Humanities. He is the author and/or editor of twelve books on various aspects of media and popular culture, including Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture, Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture and From Barbie to Mortal Kombat: Gender and Computer Games. His newest books include Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide and Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture. He is currently co-authoring a book on "spreadable media" with Sam Ford and Joshua Green. He has written for Technology Review, Computer Games, Salon, and The Huffington Post.

Cultural anthropologist Dr. Mimi Ito will deliver a keynote at the 2011 Statewide IT Conference (, in the Whittennberger Auditorium at 3:30 pm on Friday Sept. 30 to be followed by a roundtable discussion with Stacy Morrone, associate dean for learning technologies, and Sonya Stephens, vice-provost for undergraduate education. In her presentation "Connected Learning In the Networked Age," Ito will discuss how today's young people are growing up in a very different ecology of culture and knowledge than that experienced by earlier generations. The Internet, digital media production tools, portable media, and immersive social gaming environments are part of broad-based shifts in how we express ourselves, produce and access knowledge, and connect with others. Mimo Ito is an expert on the content of educational games and software, their production, distribution, marketing, and how children use them in play.

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