Carnegie Mellon University

Center for the Arts in Society

Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Fine Arts

February 09, 2011

Color Coding

On Race and UNIX at Mid-Century?

Color Coding

Digital Media @ Pitt is pleased to present the third guest speaker in our 2010-2011 lecture series:Dm@p

Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 5pm, 324 Cathedral of Learning

Tara McPherson, Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and Founding Editor of Vectors

There will also be a seminar with Prof. McPherson on Wednesday, February 9, 2011, 12:30-2,  (please contact to confirm seminar attendance (limited seating) for advance readings for the seminar).

Tara McPherson is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts and the founding editor of Vectors: Journal of Culture and Technology in a Dynamic Vernacular. She teaches courses in digital media, television, and popular culture. Her book, Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American Culture. She also received USC's Phi Kappa Phi award for outstanding scholarship, and was a finalist for the Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies. She is co-editor of the anthology Hop on Pop: The Politics and Pleasures of Popular Culture. Her writing has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Camera Obscura, The Velvet Light Trap, Discourse, Race in Cyberspace, 24, The New Media Handbook, The Visual Culture Reader 2.0, Virtual Publics, and Basketball Jones. She is currently co-editing two anthologies on new technology (including one for the MacArthur Foundation's initiative in Digital Media and Learning) and working on a book manuscript on new media.

McPherson was co-organizer of the 1999 conference Interactive Fictions and is among the founding organizers of Race in Digital Space, an initiative supported by the Annenberg Center for Communication and the Ford and Rockefeller Foundations. She is also a member of the Academic Advisory Board of the Television Academy Archives, a core member of HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Advanced Collaboratory). McPherson has served as an AFI Television Awards juror and is on the board of several academic journals.

The DM@P speakers series is sponsored by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Humanities Center, and the Departments of English and Communications and Rhetoric at the University of Pittsburgh. Prof. McPherson's talk is also co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society at Carnegie Mellon University.

For more information on this event, contact Prof. Jamie Skye Bianco <> or Erin Anderson <>.