Ruptures and Critical Junctures: Moments of Media Activism in Historical and Global Contexts

Closing Plenary, Sunday May 3, 1:30-2:45 pm
Howard Ferguson Dining Hall, 75 St. George St.

DunbarHester Christina Dunbar-Hester
teaches in Journalism & Media Studies at Rutgers University, where she is also an affiliated faculty member in Women’s & Gender Studies. Her book Low Power to the People, a study of radio activism in the U.S., was published in 2014 by MIT Press.  She is currently researching “diversity” initiatives in tech projects.

ChanAnita_092509Anita Say Chan is an Assistant Research Professor of Communications and an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her research and teaching interests include globalization and digital cultures, innovation networks and the “periphery,” and science and technology studies in Latin America. Her first book is on the competing imaginaries of global connection and information technologies in network-age Peru, Networking Peripheries: Technological Futures and the Myth of Digital Universalism (MIT, 2014).

Deepa KumarDeepa Kumar is an Associate Professor of Media Studies at Rutgers University. Her work is driven by an active engagement with the key issues that characterize our era: neoliberalism and imperialism. She is the author of Outside the Box: Corporate Media, Globalization and the UPS Strike (2007) and Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire (2012). She has written dozens of articles that have appeared in scholarly journals as well as independent media. She has shared her expertise in numerous media outlets such as the BBC, The New York Times, NPR, USA Today, Philadelphia Inquirer, The Danish Broadcast Corporation, Al Jazeera and other national and international news media outlets.

victor_pickardVictor Pickard is an assistant professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. Previously he taught media studies at NYU and the University of Virginia, and he worked on media policy at various institutions in Washington, DC. He served as a Senior Research Fellow at Free Press and the New America Foundation, and also as a Policy Fellow for Congresswoman Diane Watson. He has published over 50 scholarly articles and book chapters on the history and political economy of media institutions and media activism. He frequently speaks to the press about current policy debates and his op-eds have appeared in news outlets like The Guardian, The Huffington Post, and The Atlantic. He is the editor (with Robert McChesney) of Will the Last Reporter Please Turn Out the Lights and the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy.

Wolfson.PicTodd Wolfson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University. Trained as a socio-cultural anthropologist, his research focuses on the convergence of new media and social movements and he is author of the recently published book Digital Rebellion: The Birth of the Cyber Left. Todd is also a co-founder of the Media Mobilizing Project (, which uses media and communications as a core strategy for building a movement of poor and working people in Philadelphia and beyond. Media Mobilizing Project has been recognized as a national leader both in using media as an organizing tool and in advocating around the intersection of poverty and technology.

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