Archive for October, 2009

Matthew Hindman at Columbia

October 26, 2009

Wednesday November 4th, Matthew Hindman will speak at the Columbia Communications Colloquium, 12-2 p.m. (room 601B).

The title is:

“The Elephant and the Butterfly: The Curious Political Economy of Web Traffic.”

The event is free and open to the public.

Critchley, Butler, and Ranciere at NSSR tonight, 6-8 p.m.

October 23, 2009

Philosophers, yes, but philosophers who have a lot to say about media and communications.

Philosophy Department Workshop Series – Critchley,
Butler, Ranciere

10/23/2009 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

A conversation with Simon Critchley, Judith Butler and Jacques Rancière

An events hosted by Verso

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall, 55
West 13th Street, 2nd floor
Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-
come first-served

Interesting exhibition and events at the New School

October 21, 2009

By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School
Wednesday, October 21, and Thursday, October 22, 2009
Open daily, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Parts & Labor Gallery at The New School
66 West 12th Street, New York City
Admission: Free


Brian Larkin at NYU graduate conference, Oct 30

October 20, 2009

Media, Culture, and Communication

Neil Postman Graduate Conference

Friday, October 30, 2009

Helen Mills Theater, 137 West 26th Street, New York

Attendance at this conference is free and open as seating allows.
Please forward to faculty and students who may be interested in attending.


Joe Turow at Columbia, October 22, 12-2 p.m.

October 16, 2009

Joseph Turow (University of Pennsylvania) will speak on

“Digital Media and the Transformation of Consumer Culture”

Communications Colloquium

Room 601A, Journalism 12:00 – 2:00pm, Columbia University

The seminar is free and open to the public.

Pickard at Columbia, October 15

October 13, 2009

Victor Pickard (NYU)

Can Public Policy Save the News? The Uncertain History and Future of Journalism

Communications Colloquium

Room 601C, Journalism 12:00 – 2:00pm, October 15

Presentation by Mary L. Gray, October 13

October 13, 2009

Second Tuesdays presents Out In The Country by Mary Gray
Tuesday, October 13 2009 : 6:30pm at The Center

From Wal-Mart drag parties to renegade Homemaker’s Clubs, Out in the
Country offers an unprecedented contemporary account of the lives of
today’s rural queer youth. Gray maps out the experiences of young
people living in small towns across rural Kentucky providing a
fascinating and often surprising look at the contours of gay life
beyond the big city.

Mary L. Gray
Assistant Professor of Communication and Culture
Affiliate Faculty of Gender Studies
Adjunct Faculty, American Studies and Anthropology
Indiana University

Histories of Reading/Reading Processes Friday, October 16, 2009, at Columbia

October 13, 2009

Histories of Reading/Reading Processes
Friday, October 16, 2009

A one-day conference sponsored by the Eighteenth-Century Group in the
Department of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University,
with support from the Department, the Graduate School of Arts and
Sciences, the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library and a Mellon Foundation
grant on the future of the disciplines.


Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, NYU, October 6

October 5, 2009

4-5:30 PM Tuesday, October 6
Room 216, Vanderbilt Hall (40 Washington Sq. South)
Viktor Mayer-Schonberger, National University of Singapore
DELETE: The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age

Bio: Viktor Mayer-Schönberger is Associate Professor at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and Director of the Information + Innovation Policy Research Centre. His research focuses on the role of information in a networked economy. Before coming to the LKYSPP he spent ten years on the faculty of Harvard¹s Kennedy School of Government. In addition to “Delete – The Virtue of Forgetting in the Digital Age”, Mayer-Schönberger has published seven books, and over a hundred journal articles (including in SCIENCE) and book chapters. A native Austrian, Professor Mayer-Schönberger founded Ikarus Software in 1986, a company focusing on data security, and developed Virus Utilities, which became the best-selling Austrian software product. He was voted Top-5 Software Entrepreneur in Austria in 1991 and Person-of-the-Year for the State of Salzburg in 2000. He chairs the Rueschlikon Conference on Information Policy, is the cofounder of the SubTech conference series, and served on the ABA/AALS National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists. He holds a number of law degrees, including one from Harvard and an MS (Econ) from the London School of Economics. In his spare time, he likes to travel, go to the movies, and learn about architecture.

Abstract: DELETE: THE VIRTUE OF FORGETTING IN THE DIGITAL AGE (October 2009). DELETE argues that in our quest for perfect digital memories where we can store everything from recipes and family photographs to work emails and personal information, we’ve put ourselves in danger of losing a very human quality—the ability and privilege of forgetting. Our digital memories have become double-edged swords—we expect people to “remember” information that is stored in their computers, yet we also may find ourselves wishing to “forget” inappropriate pictures and mis-addressed emails. And, as Mayer-Schönberger demonstrates, it is becoming harder and harder to “forget” these things as digital media becomes more accessible and portable and the lines of ownership blur. Mayer-Schönberger examines the technology that’s facilitating the end of forgetting—digitization, cheap storage and easy retrieval, global access, and increasingly powerful software—and proposes an ingeniously simple solution: expiration dates on information.

Naked Lunch, 50th anniversary conference

October 2, 2009

Thanks to Andie Tucher for the forward

As part of a New York City-wide celebration of the 50th anniversary of William S. Burroughs’s NAKED LUNCH, the Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Columbia University will host an afternoon of talks:

October 9, 2009
Columbia University Faculty House, 3rd floor

A reception and an exhibition viewing will follow at 6pm in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

The topics for the Columbia sessions will include Textual Studies, Bibliography, and Publishing History.  For a detailed schedule of Columbia talks & events, see the attached schedule & map.

For other events celebrating Burroughs’s NAKED LUNCH in NYC October 7-10, see: