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Distinguished Alumni Panel: Key Thinkers in the Field

In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Media Studies at The New School and in conjunction with Understanding Media Studies Lecture Series, Media Studies will be hosting a distinguished alumni panel entitled, “Key Thinkers in the Field”

The evening will feature presentations by three distinguished Media Studies alumni who are internationally recognized scholars of media studies: Dr. Paula Gardner, MA Media Studies ’94 (Ontario College of Art and Design University); Dr. Laurie Ouellette, MA Media Studies ’93 (University of Minnesota); and Dr. Susan Murray, MA Media Studies ’94 (New York University).

Dr. Paula Gardner:  Gardner’s talk reviews this mashing of methods, specifically incorporating feminist science and post humanist and aesthetic theories to: create aesthetic renderings of biometric bio data in the Biomapping; and data as performance in the Dance your Data project. In Baycrest Body Editing, Gardner discusses how the gesture-based biofeedback platform is employed in therapeutic gaming interventions for seniors with dementia. Gardner also will discuss her participatory art interventions—working with teen refugees on Hyper Migration to create an open digital story telling platform, and with teens living with depression in Mindfulness Technologies to migrate their therapy onto a mobile app that fits into teen lives.

Bio: Paula Gardner, PhD, is the Asper Research Chair in Communication, in the Faculty of Communication Studies and Multimedia, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada and Senior Adjunct Faculty at OCAD University. She co-founded the Mobile Lab at OCADU and now begins the “Pulse lab” at McMaster.   Gardner is PI on various funded projects that bind feminist media studies and participatory media practice in: digital storytelling, documentary, mapping and gesture based experiences. She currently serves as co-facilitator of FemTechNet and has produced four video dialogues as part of our open source curriculum. Gardner’s current work includes a dance improvisation biofeedback platform; a mindfulness therapy app co-designed with teens; and the “hyper-migration” project, a multimedia platform co-developed with refugees to map the context of displacement in post-colonial and feminist terms. Her written scholarship is published in Communication, STS, Feminist Media and HCI journals and can be found at or Gardner is currently working on a book entitled Pace: The Culture of Biometrics. URL: (search Proofofproofofconcept; Biomapping, Portage, Hyper Migration, Body Editing, Eyes That Don’t See; Dialogues in Feminism and Technology)

Dr. Laurie Ouellette:  This talk will discuss her work on governing through media, asking the question:  How do institutions like television shape and guide “good citizens,” and toward what ends?

Bio: Laurie Ouellette graduated from the New School’s Media Studies MA Program in 1993, and completed a Ph.D. in Communication Studies with a focus on media and cultural studies from the University of Massachusetts in 1998.  She held academic positions at Rutgers University and Queens College before returning to her hometown of Minneapolis in 2006. Currently, she holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Communication Studies and the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, where she is also affiliated with the Departments of American Studies, Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies, and the Graduate Minor in Moving Image Studies.  She is author of Viewers Like You? How Public TV Failed the People, co-author of Better Living Through Reality TV: Television and Post-Welfare Citizenship, and author of Lifestyle TV, to be published in March 2016.  She is also editor or co-editor of A Companion to Reality Television, Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (with Susan Murray) and Keywords in Media Studies (with Jonathan Gray). She has published articles in a range of journals including Television and New Media (where she is Associate Editor), Cultural Studies, and Screen.

Dr. Susan Murray:  In her talk, Murray will discuss how her experience in the media studies MA program provided her with the interdisciplinary grounding to mix approaches and methods in her work. After providing an overview of her intellectual and career trajectory, Murray will discuss her most recent project, a book length manuscript on the history of color television in the U.S. from 1928- 1970.

Bio: Susan Murray is Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University. Her work has appeared in such journals as Public Culture, Screen, The Journal of Visual Culture and Cinema Journal as well as numerous anthologies. She is the author of Hitch Your Antenna to the Stars: Early Television and Broadcast Stardom (Routledge, 2005) and the coeditor of Reality TV: Remaking Television Culture (NYU Press, 2004; second edition, 2009) with Laurie Ouellette. She is currently working on Brought to You In Living Color: A Cultural History of Color Television (working title), a book project under contract with Duke University Press and supported by fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Council of Learned Societies, and The NYU Center for the Humanities.

Moderated by Media Studies Dean, Anne Balsamo.

Seats are limited, please register.

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