Upcoming Events

  • New Media and Democracy: Global Perspectives conference


    This conference investigates the changes in global political discourses and practices brought about by the digital revolution. The event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s theme of inquiry on Media and Democracy and is free and open to the public.

    Visit the conference website for a complete schedule and speaker information.

    Keynote address
    South Korea as the World’s Most Wired Nation:
    Its Digital Democracy as a Real-Life Case Study?
    Thursday, April 9, 7 p.m.
    110 Knight Law Center
    Featuring Sang Jo Jong

    Sang Jo Jong is a law professor and former dean at Seoul National University, where he also serves as the director of the Center for Law & Technology. He is currently a visiting professor of law at Harvard Law School. He previously taught intellectual property law at Georgetown Law and Duke Law School.
    Friday, April 10, 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m.
    110 Knight Law Center

    Mathew Adeiza (University of Washington), project manager for the Digital Activism Research Project at the University of Washington.

    Tarek El-Ariss (University of Texas at Austin), author of Trials of Arab Modernity: Literary Affects and the New Political.

    Camille Crittenden (UC Berkeley), director of the Data and Democracy Initiative and the Social Apps Lab, and deputy director of the Center for Information Research Technology in the Interest of Society.

    Sean Jacobs (The New School), co-editor of Shifting Selves: Post-apartheid essays on Mass Media, Culture and Identity.

    Purnima Mankekar (UCLA), author of Screening Culture, Viewing Politics: An Ethnography of Television, Womanhood, and Nation in Postcolonial India.

    Leah Lievrouw (UCLA), author of the forthcoming Media and Meaning: Communication Technology in Society.

    Aswin Punathambekar (University of Michigan), author of From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry and co-editor of Global Bollywood and Television at Large in South Asia.

    Margaret Rhee (UCLA), author of How We Became Human: Race, the Robots, and the Asian American Body (in preparation), co-founder of “From the Center.”

    Joe Straubhaar (University of Texas at Austin), author of The Persistence of Inequity in the Technopolis: Race, Class and the Digital Divide in Austin, Texas.

    Organizers: UO faculty member Biswarup Sen (SOJC) and doctoral students Patrick Jones and Laura Strait.

    Cosponsors: Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, School of Journalism and Communication, Office of Academic Affairs, Office of International Affairs Global Studies Institute, New Media and Culture Certificate Program, Oregon Humanities Center, Agora Journalism Center, International Studies Department, Department of Comparative Literature, The Center for Latino/a and Latin American Studies, Department of History.

  • Peter Laufer Book Celebration

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    “Emphasizing the core values of freedom of speech, the book simply defines news as ‘anything that changes the status quo.’ It is this elegant writing that makes Laufer’s book required reading.” —John Pavlic, Rutgers University

    Jslow news book coveroin us for remarks and a book signing by Peter Laufer. Featuring Laufer‘s recent book Slow News: A Manifesto for the Critical News Consumer. The event will be followed by a reception.

    Peter Laufer is the author of more than a dozen books about topics ranging from butterfly collecting to Mexico-U.S. border issues to Americans imprisoned abroad. He has worked as an NBC correspondent, a radio news reporter, and has written many feature stories for national news organizations. Laufer is the James Wallace Chair Professor in Journalism at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication.

    This event is part of the Wayne Morse Center’s Media and Democracy theme of inquiry.

  • UO Presidential Lecture: Myth and Miracles from the King Years

    Featuring Taylor Branch, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian of the civil rights movement. This event is free and open to the public. A book signing in the Straub Hall foyer will follow the lecture.

    indexTaylor Branch is an American author and public speaker best known for his landmark trilogy on the civil rights era, America in the King Years. He has returned to civil rights history in his latest book, The King Years: Historic Moments in the Civil Rights Movement (2013). His 2009 memoir, The Clinton Tapes: Wrestling History with the President, chronicles an unprecedented eight-year project to gather a sitting president’s comprehensive oral history secretly on tape. His cover story for the October 2011 issue of The Atlantic, “The Shame of College Sports,” touched off continuing national debate.

    Aside from writing, Taylor speaks before a wide variety of audiences. He began his career as a magazine journalist for The Washington Monthly in 1970, moving later to Harper’s and Esquire.

    This event is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics, UO Office of Equity and Inclusion, Clark Honors College, Center for Latino/a a American Studies, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, UO Office of the President, College of Education, School of Journalism and Communication, Emerald Media Group, Oregon Humanities Center, UO Libraries, School of Law, College of Arts & Sciences.