TC & MASCLab Host Youth Media Showcase

On Friday, June 8, we were proud to host a culminating showcase of youth-produced media by community partner, Educational Video Center (EVC), at TC’s Cowin Auditorium.  EVC presented two documentaries produced by New York City youth participants in their Youth Documentary Workshop: The Colors of Health: Understanding Unequal Care in New York City, and Reclaiming Success – a powerful film that unpacks the challenges of … Continue reading TC & MASCLab Host Youth Media Showcase

Fake news as child’s play? Designing a game about fake news and media literacy

As Lalitha conveyed so eloquently in her earlier blog post on citizenship as multimodal practice, we at MASCLab had an impactful period of introspection and soul-searching (read: a very tough time) after the 2016 election. Our post-election meetings were a time for powerful conversations, as well as powerful silences. In these conversations, we listened to each other, reaffirmed our commitment to “getting proximate,” and brainstormed ways … Continue reading Fake news as child’s play? Designing a game about fake news and media literacy

Visual Research for Social Change: Post-AERA Conference @ TC on April 18

MASCLAb is collaborating with the Visual Research Center to organize the first ever “Visual Research for Social Change” graduate student conference, which will showcase innovative research from students, artists and practitioners across disciplines and institutions. The conference will take place on April 18 (after AERA) in the Smith Learning Theater at Teachers College, and is free to attend. See schedule for info on the awesome presentations we have in … Continue reading Visual Research for Social Change: Post-AERA Conference @ TC on April 18

Podfest! Join us December 15th!

Dear Teachers College Community, The Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab) would like to invite you to Podfest: an interactive celebration of audio storytelling and launch party for our new podcast series. On December 15th, from 5-7PM, join us in the new Smith Learning Theater in Russell Hall (4th Floor) for a potluck, drinks and stories. In a series of hands-on exhibits, you will be immersed in four stories of socially engaged … Continue reading Podfest! Join us December 15th!

MASC Lab participates in 3rd Annual Media Literacy Week

What is Media Literacy ? Media Literacy is the ability to ACCESS, ANALYZE, EVALUATE, COMMUNICATE and CREATE using all forms of communication. The mission of Media Literacy Week is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education today.  Here @MASCLab,  our members are cooking up new way to critically address a range of media literacy issues, including  fake news, so check back … Continue reading MASC Lab participates in 3rd Annual Media Literacy Week

ICYMI: Rampage Nation – book talk w/Louis Klarevas (video)

Click below for video from last week’s conversation with Louis Klarevas, who joined Teachers College professors Sonali Rajan and Lalitha Vasudevan to discuss his book, Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings. Among the topics covered were characteristics of mass shootings and the perpetrators, the history of gun control legislation, current gun laws, guns in school, and the need to fund more comprehensive research about mass … Continue reading ICYMI: Rampage Nation – book talk w/Louis Klarevas (video)

Citizenship as Multimodal Practice

Results of the 2016 election were announced nearly a year ago. Following a period of paralysis, we at MASCLab, in partnership with collaborators and co-conspirators across the college, have cultivated our multimodal practices of citizenship by earnestly pursuing opportunities to experience “becoming educated” as a full-bodied practice. We view and re-view films that move audiences to action. Among them have been the documentary film, 13th, … Continue reading Citizenship as Multimodal Practice

Foster Care Film Series and the Re-making of Family and Home

Last month, we hosted filmmaker Yasmin Mistry and two of the participants in her films, Charell Star and Kim Flodin, for an interactive screening of three short films that are the first in a larger series being produced by Mistry, the Director of Foster Care Film & Community Engagement Project. The films are based on interviews that Mistry conducted with individuals – current and former foster … Continue reading Foster Care Film Series and the Re-making of Family and Home

The GIF that Keeps on GIFing: GIF Culture and Stigma-Reduction

Image credit: Don’t tell me to smile. Retrieved from https://giphy.com/gifs/xT0BKjFrfSczzLoOQg The MASCLab sponsored a recent talk called “Never Gonna GIF You Up: Analyzing the Cultural Significance of the Animated GIF” given by Drs. Kate Miltner and Tim Highfield earlier this semester. As an avid sender and receiver of GIFs, I happily attended the talk and, afterwards, began seeing GIFs from a new perspective. I couldn’t … Continue reading The GIF that Keeps on GIFing: GIF Culture and Stigma-Reduction