Discussion: Fall 2012

Examining the Role of Media in the Human Experience

Date: October 18th 2012, 2-3:30 pm EDT
Location: Lang Student Center, New School University, NYC

This fall, OHM hosted an international live-streamed discussion at the New School University. This talk was the beginning of an honest, ongoing discussion aiming to articulate the critical questions and challenges of today’s modern society saturated by media. The talk serves as a springboard for future events, such as our symposium planned for spring 2015, which will feature high profile speakers from a range of industries and settings. Whereas the 2015 forum will be broad in scope, the 2012 discussion examined the specific impact of mass media on humanity – its challenges and opportunities.

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Panelists:

Douglas Kellner is George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA and is author of many books on social theory, politics, history, and culture, including Camera Politica: The Politics and Ideology of Contemporary Hollywood Film, co-authored with Michael Ryan and an Emile de Antonio Reader co-edited with Dan Streible.

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Verena Conley,
Ph.D., is currently a Long-Term Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University. Her research interests are focused on Critical and Cultural Theory; Politics and Aesthetics; Ecology and Technology.

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Barry Salmon,
MA, is currently an Associate Professor at the New School for Public Engagement. He is a composer of scores for numerous films as well as music for dance, theater, radio, and video art.

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Moderator:


Tanja Wechsler

Tanja Andrejasic Wechsler holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, an MA in Philosophy from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School University in NYC. Tanja studied in Slovenia with renowned philosophers, including Slavoj Zizek, Mladen Dolar and Alenka Zupancic and is continuing her studies of Media at the European Graduate School  Media PhD program in 2013.

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