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My Drifting Days: Working with Grassroots Media

Join us as we continue the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program's Social Impact Media Lecture Series.

Portland has a wealth of grassroots resources to learn media skills for free, cheap, or trade. In this conversation between multi-media artist and agitator Erin Yanke and Phil Busse, Yanke will talk about her multi-pronged path to making radio, podcasts, movies, books, zines, and records. 

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 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.

Erin Yanke is a documentarian. She works in the mediums of audio, print, and video. Her work focuses on the unheard voice, how place can shape a life, comparative experience across identities, and the importance of the clean and sharp edit. Her many projects include 20+ years of radio production, audio zines,films, self published magazines, audio books, quite a few demo tapes, and a few pieces of vinyl. Recent projects include the Dead Moon photobook, First 100 Days event series Educate, Agitate, and Organize; the Rebellious Nurses podcast, and the film Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon. She is currently the program drector of KBOO Community Radio in Portland, Oregon. 

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.

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

Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

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Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Series
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