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Lectures in February 2016

CANCELLED: The Cultural Work of Interactive Memorials: Lessons from the AIDS Memorial Quilt Digital Experience Project

  • Thursday, February 25, 2016
  • Weinstein Auditorium
  • 5 PM
  • Due to unforeseen circumstances, the February 25–27 visit to Smith College by Media Studies expert Anne Balsamo has been cancelled.

    Anne Balsamo, Dean of School of Media Studies & Professor of Media Studies at The New School, will discuss the creation of an interactive memorial that was designed to augment the viewing of the textile Quilt through 3 digital experiences. She will examine how public interactives are implicated in practices of cultural reproduction—remembering, witnessing, archiving, and educating.

    The AIDS Memorial Quilt was created 25 years ago as a work of community activism. Now 25 years later, it is the largest living memorial of its kind in the world. The activities that gave rise to the Quilt in 1987 are part of the history of the campaign for gay and lesbian rights in the US. The Quilt literally stitches together a million memories, a million stories, a million lessons about the relationship between individual lives, public culture, and political activism. 

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