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.

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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:

Cyberscholars workshop, October 7, MIT

October 1, 2009

A bit far afield, but worth it. Thanks to Ben Peters for the info.


6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Please RSVP at
Light snacks provided


Frank Pasquale, Yale ISP fellow, Loftus Professor of Law at Seton Hall Law School, and
associate director of the Gibbons Institute for Law, Science & Technology.

“Beyond Competition and Innovation: The Need for Qualified Transparency in
Internet Intermediaries”

This presentation proposes institutions for “qualified transparency” within
the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission to
fill a regulatory gap concerning articulated principles of editorial
integrity in search engines and net neutrality for Internet carriers.
Qualified transparency respects legitimate needs for confidentiality while
promoting individuals’ capacity to understand how their reputations—and the
online world generally—are shaped by dominant intermediaries.

Christine Greenhow, Yale ISP fellow, University of Minnesota Postdoc, Harvard Ed.D.,

“Youth, Niche Social Media, and ‘Learning’”

Education scholars rarely consider “informal learning” in youth-initiated,
self-sustaining online spaces. This talk will showcase one experiment in
‘public media 2.0’ that intersects new media, citizen journalism and
education: a topic-focused, niche social media publication launched within
Facebook and designed to engage youth (16-25) in environmental issues. We
look in particular at knowledge development, digital literacy practices,
community formation, and real-world activism as indicators of effective
engagement in the content. Implications for new media and education designs
will be discussed.

Journalism and New Media Ecology at Yale, November 13-14

October 1, 2009

Journalism and the New Media Ecology Conference at Yale Law School

The Knight Law and Media Program of the Yale Information Society Project
cordially invites you to our upcoming conference “Journalism and the New
Media Ecology: who Will Pay the Messengers?” scheduled for November 13-14 at
Yale Law School.  This conference will explore the changing ecology of news
media and examine new business models including non-profit and
foundation-funded models, government subsidies, and new online pay models.
The conference begins at 10 a.m. Friday with welcoming remarks by Yale Law
School Dean Robert Post ’77 and Professor Jack Balkin, the Knight Professor
of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment at Yale Law School.

Please register at your earliest convenience at Breakfast and lunch are included as
part of registration. For more information, please see

New Media and Global Transformations, Columbia, October 9

September 29, 2009

An all-day event with an exciting program is being held at Columbia on Friday October 9, check out the schedule here:

CCC social get-together, Wed, Sep 30m 9pm

September 29, 2009

CCC is hosting a social get-together for graduate students and junior faculty members in communications and related areas at the Magician on the Lower East Side, 118 Rivington Street, Wednesday September 30, 9 p.m. onwards.

Exit Capitalism, Simon During, Oct 1

September 29, 2009

Thursday, 01 October 2009, 6PM
Wollman Hall (Eugene Lang College)
65 W. 11th St., 5th Floor (enter 66 W. 12th St.)
free, open to the public

Simon During
Exit Capitalism

Exit Capitalism explores a new path for cultural studies and re-examines
key moments of British cultural and literary history. Simon During
argues that the long and liberating journey towards democratic state
capitalism has led to an unhappy dead-end from which there is no
imaginable exit. In this context, what do the humanities look like?
What’s alive and what’s dead in the culture and its heritage? It
becomes clear that the contemporary world order remains imperfect not
just because it is unjust but because it cannot meet ethical standards
produced in a past that still knew genuine hope. Simon During emphasizes
the need to rethink the position of Christianity and religion in the
past, and at a more concrete level, also analyzes how the decline of the
socialist ideal and the emergence of endgame capitalism helped to
produce both modern theory and cultural studies as academic fields.

Simon During came to Hopkins in 2002 from the University of Melbourne.
His most recent book is Cultural Studies: a Critical Introduction
(Routledge 2005). He is also author of Modern Enchantments: the cultural
power of secular magic (Harvard 2002) which examines the broad cultural
effects of entertainment magic. His previous books are Foucault and
Literature (Routledge 1993), and Patrick White (Oxford 1998). He is the
editor of the Cultural Studies Reader (Routledge 1993 and 1998) and has
also written on postcolonial/globalisation theory and British literature
in the period 1760-1900. Currently he is pursuing research projects on
the literature of settler colonialism and on the history of literary
subjectivity in Britain 1750-1950.

Slavoj Zizek, Miguel Abreu Gallery, October 7

September 29, 2009

Slavoj Žižek: The Political Parallax

Date: October 7, 2009
Time: 7:30pm
Location: Miguel Abreu Gallery
36 Orchard Street



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