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About the event

Use of digital platforms and tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Google has altered cultural production, political processes, economic activity, and individual habits. This event is a presentation and panel discussion on several pressing issues in social media and digital literacy featuring five invited scholars, organized and moderated by The Graduate Center Program Social Media Fellows. The speakers bring expertise in a range of timely topics including: grassroots use of the Internet, feminism, open source project development, labor, appropriation, peer production, virtuality, networked cameras, and big cultural data analysis.


Chris Caruso, PhD candidate in Anthropology at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Sumana Harihareswara, Founder and Principal of Changeset Consulting

Michael Mandiberg, Professor of Media Culture at the College of Staten Island, CUNY & Coordinator of the ITP Certificate Program at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Alise Tifentale, PhD candidate in Art History at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Laura Pavón, PhD candidate in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures at the Graduate Center, CUNY


Naomi Barrettara, Program Social Media Fellows Coordinator & PhD Candidate in Music at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Jennifer Stoops, Social Media Fellow & PhD candidate in Urban Education at the Graduate Center, CUNY

Organized and hosted by Digital Initiatives at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and co-sponsored by The Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Doctoral Certificate Program, The Futures Initiative, and The Center for the Humanities at the Graduate Center, CUNY.