https://www.facebook.com/events/205433559966412/ MIT Media Lab, 6th floor lecture hall (E14-633)
75 Amherst St
Cambridge, MA 02139
Art, Innovation, LGBT, Lectures & Conferences, Performing Arts, Social Good, Tech, University
The ONLINE HUMOR CONVERSATION SERIES AT MIT brings online comedians in conversation with academics and researchers to discuss humor's influence on online culture and society. Presented by @jonnysun.
DYLAN MARRON (Welcome to Night Vale, Seriously.tv), in conversation with JONNY SUN and ETHAN ZUCKERMAN. Humor in media-activism for underrepresented and marginalized communities.
Dylan Marron (Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer, media-activist, and video maker) speaks with Jonny Sun (internet comedian and PhD student) and Ethan Zuckerman (director, Center for Civic Media at the MIT Media Lab) about the intersectional representation of people of color and LGBTQ+ communities in media and online, his role as Carlos in the wildly popular Welcome to Night Vale podcast, creating Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Shutting Down Bullsh*t, and his signature Unboxing series, his future projects, and the role of humor and snark in media-activism for underrepresented and marginalized communities.
Thursday, May 11. 5:00pm-6:30pm. MIT Media Lab, E14 Lecture Hall (E14-633) on the sixth floor. 75 Amherst St, Cambridge.
Free and open to the public. Please note that RSVP-ing does not guarantee entry and that seating is on a first-come-first-served basis.
This talk generously funded by the MIT De Florez Fund for Humor and the DUSP Student Council, in association with the MIT Media Lab's MIT Center for Civic Media, and co-sponsored by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10. Heben Nigatu (BuzzFeed’s Another Round podcast) in conversation with Meryl Alper and Kishonna Gray. Moderated by Jonny Sun. This event is also sponsored by the DUSP Student of Color Committee. 5-6:30pm. MIT Media Lab. E14-633.
THURSDAY, MAY 11. Dylan Marron (of Welcome to Night Vale, Seriously.tv) in conversation with Jonny Sun and Ethan Zuckerman. Humor in media-activism for underrepresented and marginalized communities. This event is also sponsored by the DUSP Student Council. 5-6:30pm. MIT Media Lab. E14-633.
MONDAY, MAY 15. Nathan Zed (@nathanzed), in conversation with Kishonna Gray and Jonny Sun. On black cultural production online. This event is also sponsored by the DUSP Student of Color Committee. 5-6:30pm. MIT Media Lab. E14-633.
THURSDAY, MAY 18. The comedians behind the Tax March: Maura Quint (New Yorker, McSweeney's, Rolling Stone) and Frank Lesser (writer, The Colbert Report) in conversation with Jonny Sun. On the relationship between humor and protest. This event is also sponsored by DUSP. 5-6:30pm. MIT Media Lab. E14-633.
ABOUT OUR GUESTS
Dylan Marron is an IFP Gotham Award and Drama Desk-nominated writer, performer and video maker. He is the voice of Carlos on the hit podcast Welcome to Nightvale, an alum of the New York Neo Futurists, and the creator of Every Single Word (Tumblr’s “Most Viral Blog” of 2016 and Shorty Award Nominee). Dylan is a writer, correspondent and the most recognized face of Seriously.tv, where he created the viral smashes Sitting in Bathrooms with Trans People, Shutting Down Bullsh*t, and his signature Unboxing series.
Jonny Sun is the author behind @jonnysun. As a Twitter comedian, he has appeared in NPR, BuzzFeed, Playboy, GQ, and McSweeney’s. His past and present lives include: architect, designer, engineer, artist, playwright and comedy writer. He is currently a doctoral student at MIT and a Berkman Klein Fellow at Harvard, where he studies humor and online place. His first book, “everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too” (HarperPerennial) comes out in June 2017.
Ethan Zuckerman is director of the Center for Civic Media at MIT, and an Associate Professor of the Practice at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on the use of media as a tool for social change, the role of technology in international development, and the use of new media technologies by activists. He is the author of Rewire: Digital Cosmopolitans in the Age of Connection (W. W. Norton, 2013). With Rebecca MacKinnon, Zuckerman co-founded the international blogging community, Global Voices. It showcases news and opinions from citizen media in more than 150 nations and 30 languages, publishing editions in 20 languages. Through Global Voices and through the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, where he served as a researcher and fellow for eight years, Zuckerman is active in efforts to promote freedom of expression and fight censorship in online spaces. In 2000, Zuckerman founded Geekcorps, a technology volunteer organization that sends IT specialists to work on projects in developing nations, with a focus on West Africa. Previously, he helped found Tripod.com, one of the web's first "personal publishing" sites. Zuckerman blogs at ethanzuckerman.com/blog. He received his bachelor's degree from Williams College, and as a Fulbright scholar, studied at the University of Ghana at Legon.