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Togolese activist Farida Nabourema visited Philadelphia last spring to speak on a panel entitled “How Should Citizens Resist Authoritarian Rule?” The panel was presented by the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy in its “Democracy In Trouble?” series. Annenberg PhD student Florence Madenga and 2018-2019 Center for Media at Risk postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg spoke with Farida after the event to discuss the risks she has faced through her activism. What kinds of personal risks have you faced as a...

In order to enhance dialogue between practitioners and scholars about a free and critical media environment, the Center has partnered with the International Communication Association to sponsor a Practitioner at Risk to attend the annual ICA conference each year. Journalist Arzu Geybulla attended the 69th Annual ICA Conference in Washington D.C. as the inaugural Practitioner at Risk. Read her reflections on the experience below. My life as a journalist consists primarily of writing, providing analysis, doing research and, inevitably,...

https://ia801501.us.archive.org/28/items/ep14gitmomedia3/EP14%20gitmo%20media%203.mp3 Gitmo Media is a new three-part podcast series that examines how we experience and understand the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its complex history. Produced by Annenberg PhD candidate Muira McCammon and Center for Media at Risk 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg the series considers how media forms have shaped the perspectives of visitors, personnel and detainees at the site and how they have used media to enhance public knowledge of this exceptional and often overlooked space. “Detainee Diary,"...

https://ia601502.us.archive.org/17/items/ep13gitmomedia2/EP13%20gitmo%20media%202.mp3 Gitmo Media is a new three-part podcast series that examines how we experience and understand the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its complex history. Produced by Annenberg PhD candidate Muira McCammon and Center for Media at Risk 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg the series considers how media forms have shaped the perspectives of visitors, personnel and detainees at the site and how they have used media to enhance public knowledge of this exceptional and often overlooked space. ”Visualizing Injustice,"...

The first Lisbon Winter School for the Study of Communication took place from January 11-15, 2019 and was dedicated to the study of “Media and Populism.” The following is an overview of the inaugural program by Annenberg doctoral candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen. PDF versions of keynote talks are available for download at the bottom of this page. The 2nd Lisbon Winter School, "Media and Uncertainty," will take place January 7-11, 2020. For more information follow this link: https://www.lisbonwinterschool.com  The Emergence of...

https://ia801501.us.archive.org/16/items/ep12gitmomediasadmusic/EP12%20Gitmo%20Media-sad%20music.mp3 Gitmo Media is a new three-part podcast series that examines how we experience and understand the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base and its complex history. Produced by Annenberg PhD candidate Muira McCammon and Center for Media at Risk 2018-2019 postdoctoral fellow Daniel Grinberg the series considers how media forms have shaped the perspectives of visitors, personnel and detainees at the site and how they have used media to enhance public knowledge of this exceptional and often overlooked space. “Documenting Detention”...

Echo is a Los Angeles based educational organization that offers parenting classes and trauma and resilience trainings for professionals and community members. Annenberg doctoral candidate Megan Genovese spoke with Echo’s Executive Director Louise Godbold about shifting approaches in addressing trauma since the outset of the  #MeToo movement in Hollywood. How do you define and address trauma at Echo? Trauma is any situation where you are under physical or emotional threat and you are powerless to protect yourself. Our bodies instinctively go into...

https://ia601402.us.archive.org/26/items/EP11Chenjerai/EP%2011%20Chenjerai.mp3 In this episode Annenberg doctoral student Florence Madenga interviews scholar, activist and media producer Chenjerai Kumanyika. Their conversation touches on the ethics of media production and research on and by people of color. They also discuss the challenges and opportunities for addressing forms of oppression in the contemporary political moment. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.  In today’s episode...

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival showcases exceptional new films that celebrate the beauty of the earth, explore challenges facing our planet, and entertain, inform and inspire personal action. This year, Committee member and PhD Candidate Megan Genovese attended the festival and wrote a critical overview. Should education or activist media be fun? I asked myself this a lot over the weekend of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. On the one hand, it’s hard to get people to show up for...

After a competitive search, the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication has appointed two new Postdoctoral Fellows for 2019-2020. We welcome these new fellows whose research projects reflect our emphasis on free and critical media practice and scholarship, and we are grateful for the generous support of Craig Newmark Philanthropies in helping to make this happen.   Congratulations to LaCharles Ward and Zeyno Ustun, who will join us on campus this August!  LaCharles Ward (left) and Zeyno Ustun (right) LaCharles Ward is an educator, writer and interdisciplinary scholar...

https://ia601504.us.archive.org/15/items/EP10RuthBenGiat2FINAL/EP10%20Ruth%20Ben-Giat-2%20FINAL.mp3 In part two, Center for Media at Risk Research Fellow Sébastien Mort and Annenberg doctoral student Jeanna Sybert continued the conversation with Visiting Scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat to discuss “The Authoritarian Playbook.” From press policies and strategies of repression to personality cults, Ben-Ghiat argues that the best way to understand Donald Trump and his contemporaries is by looking at him in the context of a century of authoritarian rulers from Mussolini onward. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the...

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. They defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal. Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned or killed. For more than 30 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom. Daniel Grinberg, Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Media at Risk, spoke with Courtney Radsch, CPJ's Advocacy Director, to discuss the organization and its...

https://ia601401.us.archive.org/6/items/EP10RuthBenGiatFINAL/EP10%20Ruth%20Ben-Giat%20FINAL.mp3 In this episode, Center for Media at Risk Research Fellow Sébastien Mort and Annenberg doctoral student Jeanna Sybert sit down with Visiting Scholar Ruth Ben-Ghiat to discuss “The Authoritarian Playbook.” From press policies and strategies of repression to personality cults, Ben-Ghiat argues that the best way to understand Donald Trump and his contemporaries is by looking at him in the context of a century of authoritarian rulers from Mussolini onward. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center...

The Center for Media at Risk at the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication has received a grant from Craig Newmark Philanthropies to bolster its mission of addressing the increased intimidation of media practitioners. “We are honored to be among the grantees funded by Craig Newmark. He is doing so much to help sustain and advance free and critical media practice. The political intimidation of media practitioners is increasing worldwide, and we greatly appreciate the opportunity he is giving...

On February 7 and 8, the Center for Media at Risk and MIT’s Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab co-hosted a two-day “Securing MediaMakers Forum” at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The event kicked off on Thursday evening with a full house screening of the documentary “The Feeling of Being Watched,” which investigated a decade of FBI surveillance in the Muslim-American community of Bridgeville, Illinois. The film was directed by Assia Boundaoui, an Algerian-American journalist and filmmaker, who grew up in the...

The following transcript is from Atossa Araxia Abrahamian's Data at Risk colloquium on digital citizenship hosted by the Center for Media at Risk with Data Refuge and The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities. She spoke on October 3, 2018 at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. My name is Atossa Abrahamian. I am a Senior Editor at The Nation and I wrote a book about global citizenship and statelessness, which doesn't sound like it has a whole lot to...

https://ia801401.us.archive.org/17/items/media_EP9_201902/_EP9.mp3 In this episode, Annenberg alum Nour Halabi talks with Lilie Chouliaraki and Minelle Mahtani, two scholars whose work touches on different aspects of the ethics of representation and care. TRANSCRIPT Aaron Shapiro: Welcome to Media at Risk, a podcast from the Center for Media at Risk at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. In today's episode, Annenberg alum Nour Halabi speaks with two scholars whose work touches on different aspects of the ethics of representation and care. You'll...

Sesame Street, the beloved children’s television program, evokes affectionate memories for many. In its American version, the act of positioning a children’s show on a fictional street populated by eccentric puppets does not appear to be immediately contentious or political. However, when Daoud Kuttab was asked to work on a show featuring a joint team of Israeli and Palestinian media professionals in the 1990s, the creation of this children’s television show revealed the difficulty of cultural production, particularly when it...

Annenberg School for Communication doctoral student and Center steering committee member Muira McCammon sat down with Center for Media at Risk visiting scholar Cherian George to discuss the various kinds of pressure that cartooning faces around the world. You recently organized a symposium with the Center called “Red Lines: Cartooning at Risk.” How did it go? What were some of the highlights for you? I should first clarify that I wasn't attempting any comprehensive study of cartooning in the world. The book...

The following transcript is from Cherian George’s lecture on disinformation and hate spin, hosted by the Center for Media at Risk. He spoke on October 9 at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania. The Center for Media Risk, as I understand, is a response to the sense of crisis that has gripped media and society in the United States. As a non-American from half the world away, I was frankly surprised to be invited to come as a visiting...