How does our highly networked, plugged-in culture affect the way we relate to each other and to the world around us? Join bloggers, cultural scholars, and other thought leaders to explore each month’s topic.
Mar. 5, 2014: Race in a Networked World
Shay Stewart-Bouley, Community Change, Inc.
A graduate of both DePaul University and Antioch University New England, Shay Stewart-Bouley moved to Maine in 2002. She is the Executive Director of Community Change Inc., a 45 year old civil rights organization in Boston, MA that has been educating and organizing for racial equality since 1968 with a specific focus on the white problem. She also writes periodically for publications such as the Portland Press Herald and the Journal Tribune, as well as a regular column in the Portland Phoenix, “Diverse-City,” which she uses to share insight and commentary monthly on a variety of diversity issues ranging from race to class, gender relations to sexual orientation, and workplace issues to lifestyle choices.
Professor Nelson’s research interests include educational inequality, out-of-school time, and youth development. She teaches courses in sociology, social research, race and ethnicity, and the sociology of education.
Alondra Nelson, Columbia University
Alondra Nelson is professor of sociology and gender studies and Dean of Social Science at Columbia University. An intedisciplinary social scientist, her research explores the production of knowledge about human difference in biomedicine and technoscience and the circulation of these ideas in the public sphere. Her work focuses on how science and its applications may shape the social world, including aspects of personal identification, racial formation, and collective action. In turn, she also explores the ways in which social groups reject, challenge, engage and, in some instances, adopt and mobilize conceptualizations of race, ethnicity, and gender derived from scientific and technical domains.
Apr. 2, 2014: Food in a Networked World
Joe Appel, Rosemont Market and Bakery
Joe Appel is a Communications Manager at Rosemont Market and Bakery. Educated at Harvard, he is also a contributing writer for the Portland Press Herald. His writing on food and wine has appeared in numerous national publications.
Myron Beasley, Bates College
Myron M. Beasley is scholar, curator and performance artist who teaches in the areas of American Cultural Studies and African American Studies at Bates College. His ethnographic work has led him to fieldwork in Morocco, Brazil and Haiti. His work has appeared in several academic journals including Text and Performance Quarterly, Gastronomica, The Journal of Curatorial Studies, and Performance Research. He is also an also international curator and most recently the co-curator of the Ghetto Biennale. His installations have appeared internationally, particularly his “Ritual, Sacred Spaces, and the Body: Men of African Descent and the Performance of Sexuality” at Performance International-PSi 6, and his short film work on food and ritual in Brazil at the Umami Festival 2010.
May 7, 2014: Truth in a Networked World
Alex Steed, Knack Factory
Alex Steed has written about and engaged in politics since he was an insufferable teenager. He has run for the Statehouse and produced a successful web series. He now runs a content firm called Knack Factory with two guys who are a lot more talented than himself.
Jason Read, University of Southern Maine
Professor Read earned his undergraduate degree from Hampshire College in 1994 and completed his Ph.D. at the State University of New York at Binghamton in 2001, with a dissertation titled “The Production of Subjectivity: Marx and Contemporary Continental Thought.” His areas of interest in philosophy include social and political philosophy, continental philosophy, philosophy of history, feminist philosophy, and philosophical anthropology.
June 4, 2014: Intimacy in a Networked World
Pete Coviello specializes in nineteenth-century American literature and queer studies. At Bowdoin College, where he worked from 1998-2014, he served as Chair of the departments of English, Africana Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies. He is the editor of Walt Whitman’s Memoranda During the War, and author of Intimacy in America: Dreams of Affiliation in Antebellum Literature, and of Tomorrow’s Parties: Sex and the Untimely in Nineteenth-Century America. Since 2011 he has been a member of the editorial board at American Literature. His work has appeared in PMLA, ELH, Raritan, American Literature, GLQ, and MLQ as well as in venues like Frieze and The Believer. He now teaches at the University of Illinois in Chicago.
Eden Osucha, Bates College
Eden Osucha is an Assistant Professor of English and member of the American Cultural Studies Program at Bates College. Her research and teaching focus on U.S. literature and culture, from the late-nineteenth century through the present, and critical approaches to the intersecting histories of U.S. citizenship, sexuality, and racial formation. Her courses cover a wide range of materials and topics–from the gothic novel of the late eighteenth century to early twentieth-century “realist” fictions, from 1960s gay and lesbian pulp fiction to the graphic novel and electronic literature, and from queer and feminist theories to legal studies and U.S. case law.