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Connecting Communities through Media: Expanding the Narrative in the Digital Age

André Middleton will present a comprehensive overview of the impact of digital media on our society in the modern age where technology has leveled the playing field. He'll explore how cell phones, mobile apps, and websites are radically changing how we create and consume media.

While debates in recent years about new media have risen to a fever pitch, they have raised legitimate concerns about use and abuse of current technologies. In response to these concerns and to benefit the communities in which they work, anthropologists of media have focused increasingly on methodologies that combine in-depth ethnography and collaborative media-making production.

At the same time, a new generation of journalists and artists grappling with the expanding dominance of media conglomerates have looked to grassroots, collaborative, and non-profit multimedia projects designed to both benefit communities and inform larger audiences. This convergence of interest between anthropologists, artists, and journalists has come to be called "social impact" or "social justice" media production, in which producers are concerned as much with the capacity of media to impact and change societies as with its capacity to inform.


For this Greenberg-sponsored event, Reed anthropologist Prof. Charlene Makley collaborates with Phil Busse, Executive Director of Portland's Media Institute for Social Change, to present a series of five public lectures on the politics and ethics of independent media-making in the 21st century.  Explore this emerging form of media production at Reed this spring.

André Middleton is a community engagement professional who has built a career by sharing his privilege and connecting community members with resources and opportunities. Middleton is a founding board member and executive director of Friends of Noise, a nonprofit dedicated to empowering youth development through the production and curating of all ages music concerts. He is member of the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and Art Workers for Equity, a host of XRAY.FM Group Therapy radio show, and a Reed Relay Mentor. Middleton is also an avid motorcyclist, a proud parent, and a staunch ally for the marginalized and oppressed people of our community.  

Established on the occasion of Reed's centennial with a gift from Dan Greenberg '62 and his wife and philanthropic partner Susan Steinhauser, the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program aims to bring visiting scholars to campus to support the work of students and provide faculty with the opportunity for in-depth intellectual exchange with a prominent member in their field.

Free and open to the public.

Middleton will also present a workshop, open to the Reed community only. More information here.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Psychology, 105
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202, USA

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Faculty, Students, Alumni, Open to the Public






Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Series
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