Projects

Media and Social Change Lab members are currently working on, planning, and brainstorming several projects and partnerships. Some of these are fully formed, and some are ideas looking to build support and momentum. To inquire about getting involved with any of the projects below, email masclabtc@gmail.com. If you are a MASCLab member and have a project or project idea you would like listed here, email masclabtc@gmail.com.


Podcast Series:

We’ve produced our first podcast!  Our podcast series will invite a range of voices to delve into issues related to media in research, scholarship, and social change. It is an exercise of and about participatory production. Three topics (multi-modality, social media and political discourse, AI gone awry) will kickstart the Lab’s podcast series. Join one of the podcast teams by joining the conversation on Slack.

Organizer: Kyle Oliver

Episode 1 – Choices

MASCLab’s Lalitha Vasudevan sits down with Ana Dopazo, Program Director of Choices, Alternative to Detention. They discuss student-centered learning, multimodal research, and alternative sites of education.

Special thanks to EdLab at Teachers College, who gave us permission to excerpt Eric’s interview from this 2010 video about Lalitha’s research.

Episode 2 – Youth Political Participation and Online Creativity

MASCLab’s Ioana Literat discusses exciting new research with Caroline DeVoe, Elizabeth Herbert-Wasson, and Kyle Oliver. Her project examines the political participation that took place on youth-oriented online communities for creative expression in the days following the 2016 U. S. presidential election.

Special thanks to coolbeans9998 and Xwiftflight on Scratch. Check out their creations!


EVC Alumni Study:

What are the resonances of involvement in a rigorous, youth development and civic participation oriented filmmaking program over the course of a person’s life? How might it shape the way people think? In partnership with the Educational Video Center, MASCLab is embarking on an interview study with alumni from across the decades of EVC’s participatory youth documentary filmmaking programs to inquire about how such an experience continues to ripple through the lives of participants.

Organizers: Professor Lalitha Vasudevan, Joe Riina-Ferrie

Collaboration with Rethink:

In 2014 Masclab member Caroline DeVoe began documenting the work of Rethink, a public humanities program that applies humanities scholarship from Columbia University’s Heyman Center for the Humanities in the public sphere. Founded in 2013 by Columbia Ph.D. students Max Hayward and Robbie Kubala, and John Fantuzzo, a doctoral student in Philosophy and Education at Teachers College, Rethink began as a community-outreach endeavor that engaged court-involved, Harlem-area youth in deep philosophical discussions that examined questions of equality, justice, ethics, citizenship and more.

Today Rethink has expanded and is now working with organizations assisting survivors of domestic abuse and human trafficking.

There are several opportunities brewing for mediamaking to support this work, and possible collaboration on a project with participatory mediamaking as pedagogy with participants.

Organizer: Caroline DeVoe

Community Critical Video Ethnography:

This project envisions neighborhood communities and MASC Lab members working collaboratively to empower ourselves through the use of critical video ethnography.  Integrating popular education and participatory action research, we develop a lens to highlight the strengths of the community and critique the institutional and structural systems of oppression that affect us.  We then conduct and workshop critical video ethnographies of our community.  The intention is to disseminate our films publicly and enact social change.

Organizer: Phillip Twining

Interactive Screenings:

MASCLab is planning three interactive screenings –contact us to help organize if interested:

Screening on December 8th. See the events page for more information. With Filmmaker Tatyana Kleyn MASCLab will screen the film Una Vida, Dos Paises . The film connects participants in Mexico and the United States to tell the stories and address the issue of deportation of youth who had grown up in the United States.

Screening January 25th. “Newtown” “Filmed over the course of nearly three years, the filmmakers use unique access and never before heard testimonies to tell a story of the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting of schoolchildren in American history on December 14, 2012. Newtown documents a traumatized community fractured by grief and driven toward a sense of purpose. Joining the ranks of a growing club to which no one wants to belong, a cast of characters interconnect to weave an intimate story of community resilience.”Filmmaker: Kim Snyder, Director/Producer (http://newtownfilm.com/team/)

We are working with the Foster Care Film and Engagement Project to bring in filmmaker Yasmin Mistry and some of her participants to screen, discuss, and build connections around films centered on experiences in the foster care system.

Organizers: Lalitha Vasudevan, Cristina Salazar Gallardo, Joe Riina-Ferrie, Lisa Sepahi

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