November 7-9, 2012
Wednesday, November 7
7 pm, Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
“Politics 2.0: Mobilizing Race and Identity in the Age of Social Media”
Merlyna Lim, Assistant Professor, Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes and the School of Social Transformation, Arizona State University
Introduced by Reiko Hillyer, L&C Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Welcoming remarks by symposium co-chairs Goldann Salazar, L&C ’12, and Musa Ahmed, L&C ‘14
Merlyna Lim holds a joint appointment in the Consortium of Science, Policy, and Outcomes and the Justice and Social Inquiry Program of the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University. She earned a Ph.D. in Science & Technology Studies and Technology & Development from the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Her teaching and research interests revolve around the mutual shaping of technology and society and the political culture of technology in relation to issues of globalization, democratization, livability, and equity. Drawing upon her earlier career as an architect, her work addresses the interaction of physical and social places (such as public squares) and emerging cyberspaces. She is also an active blogger in multiple languages.
Thursday, November 8
1:45-3:15 pm, Stamm
Going Viral: Popular Culture in the Digital Age
Many of us now turn to the Internet and social media for popular culture, entertainment, and personal expression—whether we are downloading music, streaming movies, watching and sharing online videos, or playing interactive games. This panel will examine the significance of the Internet and new media technologies for the production and consumption of popular culture, particularly expressions dealing with race and ethnicity. How does the Internet enable artists to interact with each other and their audiences? In what ways might people create a sense of belonging with others through popular culture? Join us in exploring the diverse ways in which people seek out entertainment, express themselves creatively, and form connections with others through online channels.
Moderator: Monica Miller, L&C Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Rebecca Shine, L&C alumna, co-founder of Student Alliance Project, “Undocumented Youth and Their Allies: Making Media for the Movement”
David J. Leonard, Associate Professor of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies, Washington State University, “Slacktivism or a Virtual Movement: Race, Class, and the Quest for Transformation”
3:30-5:00 pm, Stamm
At Home in the World: The Global Network
“Let’s Skype!” This phrase has become a connecting cord for thousands of people spread all around the world as the Internet has expanded cross-cultural and international networks. In this panel, L&C students will reflect on efforts to assimilate to a new culture while remaining connected with their families and friends back home, drawing upon experiences from living and studying in countries including Botswana, Guatemala, India, Japan, Kenya, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and Singapore. Presenters will explore the Internet as a channel for acclimating to a new culture, learning new languages, and expanding one’s horizons, in addition to serving as a medium for people to develop a sense of their cultural identity by facilitating ties to others.
Moderator: Bridget Flaherty, Assistant Director, International Students and Scholars
L&C students Ziad Alshammari, AE, Adriana Estrada ’15, Rosa Kim ‘13, Rachit Malhotra ’13, Amy Omondi ’16, Kim Takinami ’13, and Lame Ungwang ‘14
7 pm, Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
“Why Is That Black Hunger Games Character Black? Looking At Race, Identity, and the Interwebs”
Baratunde Thurston, author of How To Be Black and former director of digital for The Onion
Introduced by Morgan Stone Grether, L&C Director of New Media
Welcoming remarks by symposium co-chairs Rachael Denis, L&C ’13, and Neha Kumthekar, L&C ‘13
Baratunde Thurston is a politically-active, technology-loving comedian from the future. He co-founded the political blog Jack and Jill Politics and served as director of digital for The Onion. Baratunde travels the world, speaking and advising on the subjects of our digital future and storytelling, satire and democracy, and race and politics. He has written for Vanity Fair and the UK Independent, performs standup in NYC, and appears on cable news regularly to say smart things in funny ways. Then-candidate Barack Obama called him “someone I need to know.” He was named Foursquare Mayor of the Year for holding a real-world rally to defend his virtual mayorship, and every year he live hate-tweets the Twilight movies. He resides in Brooklyn, lives on Twitter, and has over 30 years experience being black. His first book, How To Be Black, is a New York Times bestseller.
Friday, November 9
11:30 am-1:00 pm, Thayer
#studentbrownbag: Researching Race and Ethnicity
Join us for an interdisciplinary discussion with students who will share original research related to culture, identity, and the modern era. Coffee and cookies will be provided. Bring your lunch.
Moderator: Lu’ukia Nakanelua, L&C ’13, Environmental Studies
Jeremy Nichols, L&C ’12, History, “’No more of that dignity stuff’: The Zulu Parade and the Civil Rights Movement, 1960-1967”
Carley Matsumoto, L&C ’13, Environmental Studies, “Understanding the ‘Ecological Native’: The Relationships Between Environmental NGOs and Indigenous Groups”
Karen Taylor, L&C ’13, Ethnic Studies, and Devon Snyder, L&C ’14, Sociology/Anthropology, “Media Proudly Presents: The Citizen”
Hannah Atkinson, L&C ’14, Sociology/Anthropology, “Media Expression of Indigenous Feminism”
Goldann Salazar, L&C ’12 and symposium co-chair, “At the Intersection of Identity: Race, Space, and Language among Students of Color at Lewis & Clark”
1:45-3:15 pm, Stamm
Whose News?: Race, Reporting, and Identity
The news of Trayvon Martin spread via smaller news outlets and non-traditional media like blogs, Facebook, and Twitter before major news providers picked up the story. This panel will examine the ways in which both traditional and newer media express, promote, and gain attention around race and the politics of identity. These panelists will also address the significance of having different media outlets for different racial and ethnic communities. How do publishers and journalists envision their audiences? How do news and social media affect the development of personal and community identities. Last, this panel will consider the impact of social media and the Internet on the coverage of issues related to racial justice and the kind of access people now have to information and opinion.
Moderator: Mitch Reyes, L&C Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies, and director of Ethnic Studies program
Lisa Loving, news editor, The Skanner News, “Busting Myths about People of Color and the Digital World”
Sarika Mehta, producer, KBOO APA Compass, “Community Reporting: Resources and Responsibility”
Lee Shaker, Assistant Professor of Communication, Portland State University, “Audience Fragmentation and Identity”
Maileen Hamto, editor, Colors of Influence, “ Writing About My Family: Citizen Journalism in the Age of Social Media”
3:30-5:00 pm, Stamm
Trading in Race: The Business of Multicultural Marketing
This panel will examine the effects of ideologies of race and ethnicity on the development and marketing of products and ideas. How do companies use communication technologies to promote themselves to different cultural communities? What are the implications of targeted marketing campaigns for the way we think about race and ethnicity? Additionally, these panelists will consider the impact of social media and instant access to international communities.
Moderator: Joe Becker, L&C Director of Marketing and Publications
Matthew Rugamba, L&C ‘13, “Cutting Through the Clutter for a Like and a Retweet: Using Social Media To Gain a Following”
Debra Merskin, Associate Professor, School of Journalism & Communication University of Oregon, “Identity Theft: Representational Ethics and Advertising”
Melanie Davis, principal senior strategist, Su Público, a full-service multicultural advertising agency, publisher-owner of El Hispanic News and PQ Monthly, “Niche Print Media for Diverse Communities”
7:00 pm, Stamm Dining Room, Templeton Campus Center
In poetry and prose, Lewis & Clark students express their understandings of race, ethnicity, and identity. Each year a new group of students writes an original series of monologues to share powerful feelings and experiences. Join us for what is always a highlight of the symposium.
Featuring L&C students Danial Afzal ‘13, Musa Ahmed ‘14, Lukas Arella ‘13, Hannah Atkinson 14, Isabel Ball ‘15, Camille Christie ‘13, Raymond Fenton ‘16, Michelle Garfias ‘15, Jasmine Graze ‘15, Danielle Green ‘16, David Jenkins ‘15, Nima Mohamed ‘15, Guadalupe Triana ‘16, and Anthony Zamora ‘13
Welcoming remarks by Race Monologues coordinators Mikaela Aguilar ‘15 and Marisol Jenkins ‘15
Musa Ahmed ‘14. Rachael Denis ‘13, Neha Kumthekar ‘13, and
Goldann Salazar ’12
The Ethnic Studies Program is located in Miller Center for the Humanities.
Director Elliott Young
Symposium Director Kimberly Brodkin
Administrative Coordinator Nancy J. Hugg
Ethnic Studies Program
0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road, MSC 63
Portland, Oregon 97219