Technology has vastly outpaced copyright law, yet it has also expanded the bounds of potential creativity in the arts and new media. Join lawyer and copyright expert Kyle K. Courtney for an engaging and informative exploration of how the arts, media and the law intersect.

Braxton Shelley, assistant professor of music at Harvard University, is a musicologist who specializes in African American popular music. His research and critical interests, while currently focused on African American gospel performance, extend into media studies, sound studies, phenomenology, homiletics and theology.

It’s no secret that the video games industry boasts supremely sexually objectified, stereotyped, and downright oppressive portrayals of women. In this talk Anita Sarkeesian explains why. She will give a broad overview of the culture that sustains harassment, exclusion, and objectification in gaming, from the dynamics of sexist cybermobs to recurring tropes in video games that reinforce sexist conceptions of women, before concluding with a look at a few games that manage to get it right.

“After twenty-eight years of desire and determination, I have visited Africa, the land of my forefathers.” So wrote Lida Clanton Broner, an African-American resident of Newark, New Jersey, on her return from a South African journey, funded by savings from a lifetime of work as a domestic and hairstylist. Broner’s trip was motivated by a sense of ancestral heritage, but also her anti-colonialist activism. Her collection was subsequently exhibited in the US in the 1940s, against the broader backdrop of pan-Africanist ideology and the emerging civil rights movement. Dr. Clarke will share her groundbreaking research on Broner’s extraordinary story, which animates the experiences of both South Africans and African Americans during a time of struggle and oppression.

Depending on your political leanings, your expectations for this talk are diametrically opposed. If you are a liberal, you’re likely prepared to enjoy a tirade against right-wing politicians. If you are a conservative, you are probably ready to get outraged by an unhinged leftist ranter. Alberto Cairo, Knight Chair in Visual Journalism at the University of Miami, plans to disappoint you. The very title of this talk is an example of its content. It’s intended to prime you and trick you into believing what is not so.

The English word “trumpery” means worthless nonsense, something that is showy and deceitful at the same time. Trumpery can occur in text, verbally, or visually. This non-partisan talk focuses on the visual, examining misleading charts, graphs, and data maps designed by individuals and organizations from all over the political spectrum. Cairo will use these examples to equip you with a solid understanding of “graphicacy,” the word he uses to refer to visual literacy. He believes a literate, numerate, and graphicate citizenry is the best antidote for a world where trumpery runs rampant.

Sponsored by Wallace Library, Computer Science and Kappa of Massachusetts.

Being a fan usually starts with loving a given series, franchise, author, band, game, etc., but it rarely ends there. For many, fandom provides a sense of community, a catalyst for producing original creative content, or both. Flourish Klink and Elizabeth Minkel, creators and hosts of Fansplaining, will discuss their adventures in podcasting and fan culture, and how, perhaps even with a little help from the two of them, fans and the creative industries may have learned to stop worrying and love each other.

Toraya (AKA Crankbunny) will discuss her work in illustration, animation and paper engineering as well as her journey as a freelance artist.

Dennigan is the author of three books, including her most recent, Palace of Sub-Atomic Bliss (Canarium Books, 2016). Her work has appeared in Boston Review, Poetry Magazine and the Bennington Review. She teaches at the University of Connecticut.

Campbell is the author of the speculative fiction novel TreeVolution and the story collection Circe’s Bicycle. Her stories and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. Much of what she writes is crossover sci-fi, or speculative fiction, about what happens when an ordinary person (or creature) faces extraordinary circumstances. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, she currently lives in Washington D.C.

Please join us for an evening with Frederick Wiseman. In our conversation with this award-winning documentary filmmaker, we will explore the creative process that drives his work, as well as his approach to our shared human experience. We will also watch excerpts from his acclaimed documentary EX LIBRIS and we will have the opportunity to ask him questions. A reception will be held in the Woolley Room immediately following the talk.  This event is sponsored by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through Wheaton College’s initiative on integrative learning in the humanities. All are welcome to attend.

Campus movie showings: Four screenings of EX LIBRIS  have been scheduled in advance of Mr. Wiseman’s visit. Click here for dates and times to watch one of the campus movie showings that fits your schedule.