Speak Up, Make Change

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

A flood of news overwhelms us every day—but who actually gets heard? Which stories change the world? Journalist Sarah Mirk will talk about how people listen to stories when they don't listen to data and how activists can harness that power to get seemingly impossible work done. We'll look at real-life examples of successful storytelling that lead to change, with a focus on comics, social media, and feminist activism. 

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.

Sarah Mirk is a multimedia journalist whose work focuses on gender, sexuality, and politics. As the contributing editor at graphic journalism outlet The Nib, she writes and edits nonfiction comics on topics ranging from the history of redlining to the evolution of Wonder Woman. From 2013 to 2017, she worked as the online editor of feminist nonprofit Bitch Media and hosted the feminism and pop culture podcast Popaganda, which gained 12,000 listeners from around the world. Previously, she reported on Portland politics for The Portland Mercury. She is the author of several books and too many zines to count. 

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.

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

Thursday, March 22, 2018 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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

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