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Meg Stalcup is a visual and media anthropologist, and Assistant Professor in the School of Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research and teaching explore the intersections of technology and data with politics, security, science, and ethics, drawing on long-term fieldwork in Brazil, the United States, and Canada. She is also director of the Collaboratoire d’Anthropologie Multimédia/ Multimedia Anthropology Collaboratory (CAM/MAC), a forum for explorations of digital technology, research, and pedagogy. 

American filmmaker Ken Burns will be coming to Tulane’s campus on Friday, March 29, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Kendall Cram Ballroom in Tulane’s LBC. The event will be moderated by Tulane professor of history Walter Isaacson, and they will have a conversation about the people and events that molded our history, as well as watch a retrospect from Burns’s groundbreaking historical documentaries. 

 

China went online 1994. By 2018, China had an internet population of 770 million. Chinese Internet giants – Baidu, Alibaba and Tencent (known as BAT) – are among the world’s top 10 Internet companies, rivaling their Western counterparts such as Google, Amazon, and Facebook. New initiatives such as “Internet Plus” and “Digital Silk Road” further exemplify the current administration’s technological ambitions, prompting some to predict a bifurcation of the Internet with one part led the U.S. and the other part led by China.

Greenwashing Culture examines the complicity of culture with our environmental crisis. Through its own carbon footprint, the promotion of image-friendly environmental credentials for celebrities, and the mutually beneficial engagement with big industry polluters, culture both operates as a crucial polluter and enables environmental criminals to propagandize with local, national, and international communities in search of a social license to operate.

Amazon and Google are the largest cloud service providers in the world. They offer free storage for genomic data, which is a boon for Big Tech and Big Pharma alike. This talk investigates the role of Big Tech infrastructures in mining “Genetic Gold” and its implications both economically and ethically. Mél Hogan is Assistant Professor of Environmental Media in the Communication, Media and Film Department at the University of Calgary. She is a PI for a SSHRC IDG project (2018-2020) about storing genomic data in the cloud.

Screening and Q&A with Cuban Film Director and Editor, Yan Vega
Greenleaf Conference Room
100A Jones Hall
Tulane University
Monday, November 5, 2018
6:30 PM