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Media Spectacle, the Arab Uprisings, and Constructions of a Democratic Future: Some Critical Reflections

October 25, 2011
08:00AM - 05:00PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

The Annenberg School for Communication presents a colloquium by guest speaker Douglas Kellner, Ph.D., the George Kellner Chair in the Philosophy of Education at UCLA. This event is co-sponsored by Penn’s Department of Urban Studies. Prof. Kellner will present his talk, “Media Spectacle, the Arab Uprisings, and Constructions of a Democratic Future: Some Critical Reflections.”

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Lunchtime Research Panel: Coordinating Media Response Efforts in Haiti with Internews Network

October 17, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 300

On October 17, we will host the project’s director of research and a group of Haitian researchers, trained in social science research methods, who have been conducting surveys, focus groups and other research throughout Haiti as part of an effort to assist with humanitarian media efforts. Please join us for a lunchtime presentation and discussion with the Internews-Haiti representatives and the Penn community.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: Myths of Information Technology for International Development

October 13, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

In this talk, I will (1) present several myths of ICT4D that persist despite evidence to the contrary, (2) offer a theory of “technology as amplifier” which explains the gap between rhetoric and reality, and (3) provide recommendations for successful ICT4D interventions.

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Former Visiting Scholar Guobin Yang to deliver noon-time lecture at Annenberg

October 7, 2011
12:00PM - 01:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 111

Guobin Yang, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures at Barnard College, Columbia University, will deliver a noon-time colloquium talk at Annenberg on Friday, October 7 in Room 111. This event is being sponsored in conjunction with the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Sociology.

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ICT4D@Penn Seminar Series: ICTs and Literacy for the Very Poor: A decade of work

October 6, 2011
04:00PM - 05:30PM

Annenberg School for Communication, Room 500

Even for the poorest countries, the benefits of ICT are now (in 2011) seen as relatively well-suited for coping with the problems of literacy and basic education (and other sectors), and for enhancing the socio-economic consequences for the lives of the users. The reasons for this are varied, and still debated, along with the types of solutions proposed to date. Various examples will be discussed, including the author’s work over the past decade in India and South Africa.

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