The Department of Communication Studies offers many kinds of events, most free and open to the public. We organize and sponsor numerous lectures, workshops and conferences over the course of the academic year. Our programming covers a wide range of topics and features presenters from diverse disciplines and is designed to foster an understanding of the mass media and emerging media.
High Stakes Culture
Please join us for a conversation about Childish Gambino’s “This is America” and the sprawling, contentious conversation it sparked across the internet. What is he trying to say? How did the internet respond? How are our meaning making practices evolving? Why does culture matter so much now to so many, and who gets to decide what it means?
Come talk to humanities scholars Megan Ankerson (communication studies), Anita Gonzalez (theater), Robin Wilson (dance), Stephen Berrey (American culture & history), and moderator Angela Dillard (Afroamerican and African studies & Residential College) about these questions and others you might have about Childish Gambino’s America and yours.
About the High Stakes Culture Series:
For the second year, the High Stakes Culture series explores the “culture wars” that have recently been ignited across the country. Activists from all points of the political spectrum, even the President of the United States himself, are turning to beloved cultural objects to stake a claim for their differing beliefs in a politically fraught moment. Black athletes are taking a knee. Anti-immigration voters are rallying for a wall. Long-standing Confederate monuments are coming down.
What is at stake in the ways we understand culture and cultural conflict? High Stakes Culture is a series, presented by the Institute for the Humanities and the Humanities Collaboratory, that brings humanities perspectives to bear on current debates. Join us as we ask: How and why does culture matter so much now?
|Event Type:||Lecture / Discussion|
|Tags:||African American, Culture, Discussion, Inclusion, Mass Meeting, Multicultural, Politics, Social, Social Impact, Social Justice, Undergraduate|
|Source:||Happening @ Michigan from Institute for the Humanities, School of Music, Theatre & Dance, Residential College, Department for Afroamerican and African Studies, Department of American Culture, Department of History, Communication Studies|