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Trump & the Media - Do Words Matter: Journalism, Communication & Alternative Truth

A day-long series of events assembling academics and media notables from diverse backgrounds in profession, identity, and perspectives to discuss the value of information and the effectiveness of communication during the Trump era. The first panel focused on the 2016 Campaign and Media, and questioned the expectations and predictions media made in contrast to actual election results.

Flash Point 2017: Twenty-Five Years After the 1992 Los Angeles Uprising

A three-day event utilizing art and media to examine the socio-political factors that provoked the 1992 LA Uprising and its impact on the racial and economic climate in LA and across the US today. Events will include panels featuring a discussion of the evolution of community organizing as well as the role media, particularly film, has played in creating and reflecting social change. There will be a gallery displaying avariety of art inspired by the Uprising and a follow-up discussion with the artists.

Anthem: Remixing Race and Nation

A public symposium taking a critical view of 2016 through a controversial song that announced a cultural turn toward a Trump presidency: “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Featured guests will include NFL quarterback and activist Colin Kaepernick, whose refusal to stand during the playing of the national anthem caused a national firestorm of debate, as well as Rene Marie, a jazz vocalist whose 2008 performance of the anthem in advance of the Democratic National Convention combined the tune of “The Star-Spangled Banner” with the lyrics of the Negro National Anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” Event

Paradisiacal Realms in Ancient Egypt and Early China

This talk explores the concept and representation of post-mortem paradises in Ancient Egypt and Early China. The notion of a paradise for the worthy, accessed through personal piety, ethical conduct or ritual knowledge, developed at a particular historical moment in the development of each of these great civilizations and expressed a genuine desire on the part of regular people for salvation and immortality. These expressions would have a lasting impact on the development of paradisiacal realms in the later universal religions of Christianity and Buddhism.

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