2010-2011: Global Media, Global Spectacles

Where:  Maxey Auditorium (Off Boyer at Otis) 

When:  Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 – 1-4 p.m.

Details:  The 3rd Annual Whitman College Global Studies Symposium focuses on the topic of “Global Media, Global Spectacles.” Speakers include:

  • Douglas Kellner, Philosophy of Education Chair of Social Sciences and Comparative Education, University of California-Los Angeles. Media Spectacle and the North Africa Arab Uprisings: Some Critical Reflections"
  • Shiloh Krupar, Assistant Professor of Geography, The Culture and Politics Program, Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. "Transnatural Camp: The Post-Nuclear Nature Spectacle of Rocky Flats"
  • Salman Hameed, Assistant Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities and the Five College Astronomy Department, Hampshire College. "Navigating Modernity: Islam, Science and Global Media"

The Symposium will be moderated by Bill Bogard (Sociology). Whitman faculty Discussants are Gaurav Majumdar (English) and Delbert Hutchison (Biology). There will also be three student commentators.

Douglas Kellner, critical media theorist and the George Kneller Chair in the Philosophy of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at UCLA. His research focuses on the domination of media culture by spectacle and mega-spectacle, as well as on alter-globalization processes and movements.

Shiloh Krupar, at the intersection of Geography, Architecture, and Performance Studies, is an Assistant Professor of Politics and Culture at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She has done research on emergent museums and curatorial practices in postsocialist Shanghai, and the politics of nature conservation and environmental memory at decomissioned military sites and nuclear facilities in the U.S. West.

Salman Hameed, Assistant Professor of Integrated Science and Humanities at Hampshire College, teaches in the Five College Astronomy Program, and conducts research on the relationship of science and Islam through the lens of evolution and creationism debates. He has also conducted research on reconciliation efforts between astronomers and Native Hawaiians over the telescopes on Mauna Kea, aside from his other research on star formation in spiral galaxies.