We got together in an unseasonably warm MASCLab room for our first meeting of the semester–we went around the circle of about 30 people and introduced ourselves, our programs, and our favorite animals. Lots of cats.
Then, Joe prompted everyone to think about the following questions:
What is media?
- I have experience with
- I want to learn more about
- I would love to make
What is social change?
- I have experience with
- I want to learn about
- I would love to make
People each responded on post-it notes individually, and then shared with each other in small groups. Once they had a chance to hear from each other, Joe asked everyone to collaboratively answer the question: What is your hope for MASCLab this year?–but multimodally–with modes other than the spoken or written word.
Here is what people came up with:
Group 1 shares a post they found through newsfeed of a side by side magazine cover of a “girls life” magazine, trying to illustrate the power of media over perception and identity. Talking about the power of language – edited messages.
Want to think about how we can engage with media around election–
Group 2 –
Drawing – movement for benefits of adjunct faculty –
Brain: mental health and how we could use the internet to engage with mental health
Knowledge about online learning –
Program building a platform for career / areas of interest connection – quarter-life crisis – how to deal with types of choice.
Group 3 –
The concept of creating connections – a social connection – a creative connection making connections in peoples’ lives – media allows us to create connections beyond borders – beyond geographic limitations – arts and film festival – media festival – connecting with organizations outside in the community – community-based film project
Group 4 –
3 layers of interest – one layer is in making media together , layer two looking layers of analysis – maybe workshops talking about pioneering workshops – the idea of communication/movement — it has to go somewhere
This semester we are bringing in Yasmin Mistry and her participants in Foster Care Film to do an interactive screening. Help us plan how to make it as great for all participants as it can be!
We also collected everyone’s experience/things they wanted to learn more/things they wanted to make for media and social change. They are still up in the lab so we can keep them in mind:
Please join us in HM 46A (the basement of Horace Mann) from 3:30 to 4:30 on Wednesday, September 14th for our first meeting of the ’16-’17 school year!
Whether you are a new student or a returning member, whether you’ve been involved for years or are just coming to learn more, we look forward to seeing you there! We will be talking about media and social change, of course! and brainstorming what we can do to think, work, and make together here at Teachers College this year.
See you soon!
Join us this Wednesday for a #VisualEthnography Double Screening & Discussion !
Dec. 9th, 5:30-7:30pm Horace Mann 152
Double Screening of Video Ethnographies by Tara Conley & Prof. Stanton Wortham
Professor Stanton Wortham (TC Visiting Prof. in Anthropology and Associate Dean at UPenn Graduate School of Education) will share “Adelante,” a video ethnogaphy of issues of Latin American immigration in Norristown. You can see more about his work here:
Advanced CMLTD doctoral student in Tara Conley will share her video ethnography #Brackish, which she recently published in collaboration with ColorLines: “Directed and produced by Tara L. Conley. Brackish follows native New Orleanian and hurricane Katrina survivor Kellen Smith on his journey from a 23-year-old aspiring professional bowler, golfer, and music producer to a 33-year-old telecommunications technician, partner to his fiancee, and father to his 9-year-old stepdaughter and newborn son. It’s a story of wading in the waters with near dwellers who have experienced rupture and being ruptured. It’s also a celebration of the lives of those who have survived and found strength in family, music, and tradition.” See more here: http://brackishfilm.com/
Prof. Stanton Wortham is currently a Visiting Professor in the Anthropology and Education Program at Teachers College. He is on leave from his position as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Judy & Howard Berkowitz Professor at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
He is a leading scholar on discourse analysis, narrative and identity, and research on language and culture, and more recently has engaged in study of the New Latino Diaspora through a variety of modes including ethnography and film. Prof. Wortham will join us this week for a discussion of his use of film as a mode of inquiry in his research.
Join us to learn more!
Date: Weds, November 4, 2015
Time: 12:00 – 1:00p
Location: 46A HM
This week kicked off our #VisualEthnographySeries! Huge thanks to advanced CMLTD doctoral student Tara Conley for sharing pieces of her video ethnography Brackish (more about this below).
As for upcoming events…..
(1) Next week is Back to the Future Day, the day on which Back to the Future Part II, the future-documentary starring Michael J Fox is set. (In the movie Marty travels from the eighties to October 21, 2015…) In honor of this historic moment we will watch the film at MASCLab and discuss what it got right/wrong and the power of media. That will be Wednesday, October 21 from 12 – 2pm in HM46A.
(2) If you are sad that we won’t have time for our usual rich MASCLab discussion that week because we will be too busy watching fun movies, don’t fear: that same afternoon we will be hosting our first MASCLab happy hour of the year! Wednesday, October 21 from 5 – 7pm in HM46A. We will share drinks and talk about media: longtime MASCLab hero Brendan Gillett will share parts of a documentary he produced on refugee resettlement in Manchester, New Hampshire called Our Community. If you have something you’d like to share, let us know! Otherwise join us for drinks, media, and conversation:
(3) Visiting Professor from UPenn Stanton Wortham will be joining MASCLab on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 12 – 1pm to share and discuss with us about his exciting visual ethnography work in Norristown, PA! (More details on this soon–trust us, it’s an amazing opportunity.)You can find more information here.
Bring yourselves and your friends to all of the above! Spread the word!
Finally:We had a great meeting this week! You can read the notes here for a more full recap. As we mentioned, CMLTD doctoral student Tara Conley for sharing pieces of her video ethnography Brackish. Tara talked about the broad issues of visual ethnography and multimedia projects, the specifics of her work in New Orleans post-Katrina, and the many methodological and content issues that she encountered along the way. She showed us a short clip that was extremely thought provoking, and we had a fruitful discussion that you should definitely check out here !
See you soon!
This week we had a fantastic discussion on how to look at media as a form of scholarship. Joe presented a video he worked on through the Educational Video Center and answered questions regarding the media making process. For more information about EVC (and to see the video) you can check them out here: http://evc.org/mission-history/
We also discussed different reading and writing group opportunities that members of MASCLab are putting together for this year. Once we compile a list of events we will publish them on the website and the MASCLab Facebook page. Please let us know if you have any work group or event announcements that you would like for us to add to the website or the listserv.
At our next meeting – next Wednesday, October 7th from 12-1pm in HM46A – Sam will be sharing her presentation on Scratch and other programming tools she has been using in her work. Ioana also will be sharing a student video about storytelling.
Additionally, in preparation for future meetings, please email us if you have something you know you’d like to share. We would love to hear more about your work!
Announcements and Requests:
- SATURDAY 10/3: The Confined Arts interactive (with which MASCLab member Karen has been collaborating) is hosting an art event and fundraiser right on our doorstep here at TC/Columbia. Sign up here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sip-and-paint-the-confined-arts-fundraiser-tickets-17940886675
- A couple of our members are starting a Communication Reading Group to get together to talk informally about texts that people are engaging with–first meeting is Wednesday Oct 7, from 7-8pm in the library, 2nd floor. Email Ben Riggs (email@example.com) w/ questions.