[act-ma] 3/15 GWAMIT Empowerment Conference: Digital Empowerment for the Real World: Using Social Media, Creating Social Change (Keynote)

Charlie Welch cwelch at tecschange.org
Fri Mar 9 04:02:34 PST 2012


GWAMIT Empowerment Conference: Digital Empowerment for the Real World: 
Using Social Media, Creating Social Change (Keynote)

Speaker: Latoya Peterson, Founder and Editor, Racialicious

Time: 6:30p--8:00p


      Thursday, March 15, 2012

Location: MIT Building-Room 32-123 
<http://whereis.mit.edu/map-jpg?mapterms=32-123&mapsearch=go>

Latoya Peterson discusses digital empowerment and the leveraging of 
technology against structural barriers such as race, gender, and class.

A certified media junkie, Latoya Peterson provides a hip-hop feminist 
and anti-racist view on culture with a special focus on video games, 
film, television, and music. Skilled in interviewing and creative 
non-fiction, Latoya Peterson spends her time editing the award winning 
blog Racialicious.com -- the intersection of race and pop culture. She 
is a Contributing Editor for The Root.com and Content Producer for the 
Online News Association.

Her work has been published in/Spin, Vibe, The American Prospect, The 
Atlantic/ Blog, /Bitch Magazine, Clutch Magazine/, the /Women's Review 
of Books/, /Slate/'s Double X, The Poynter Institute, The Root.com and 
the /Guardian/. She was a contributor to Jezebel.com. Her essay, "The 
Not Rape Epidemic" was published in the anthology /Yes Means Yes: 
Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape/ (Seal Press, 
2008). She also contributed "The Feminist Existential Crisis (Dark 
Children Remix)" to the anthology /Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the 
Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism /(CCPA, 2011).

As a digital media consultant, Latoya Peterson has worked with brands 
like NPR, Wikipedia, and Weber-Shandwick to provide demographic 
analysis, ideas on improving user experience, and specialized outreach. 
She is also a guest radio host for WEAA's Michael Eric Dyson Show and a 
contributor/substitute digital producer for Al-Jazeera's The Stream.

Her perspectives have been quoted in/Essence, The Boston Globe, CNN, the 
Guardian, the Austin Chronicle/, and /Newsweek/ and she regularly speaks 
on topics of race, gender, and social media at conferences like Women, 
Action and the Media and South by Southwest Interactive.

She is currently working on projects related to race, pop culture, and 
video games, and will speak for a fourth time at SXSW Interactive 2011 
on issues of technology and social justice. She is a Poynter Institute 
Sensemaking Fellow, and one of the inaugural Public Media Corps fellows.

Part of

GWAMIT Spring Empowerment Conference
The Spring Empowerment Conference, started spring 2010, seeks to provide 
resources for and promote discussion of issues relevant to the life 
choices of graduate women. The planning committee comprises women from 
across MIT departments and invites speakers that are role models for 
graduate women and/or experts on how to become those role models.

Events have included a lecture on implicit bias, a panel on 
collaboration, a workshop on online personal branding, a panel of "power 
couples," and a panel on modern feminism.

Digital Empowerment for the Real World-Using Social Media, Creating 
Social Change:
Latoya Peterson discusses digital empowerment and the leveraging of 
technology against structural barriers such as race, gender, and class.
Networking reception with refreshments and hors d'oeuvres from 8:00-8:30pm.

Web site: empowerment.gwamit.org <http://empowerment.gwamit.org>

Open to: the general public

Cost: Free Admission

Tickets: No tickets required. RSVP at empowerment.gwamit.org

Sponsor(s): GSC Activities, School of Engineering, Dean's Office, Office 
of the Dean for Graduate Education, Division of Student Life, MIT School 
of Science

This event is categorized as: personal development, diversity & inclusion


http://events.mit.edu/event.html?id=14975337&date=2012/3/15
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