Hall Center For The Humanities


Henry Jenkins
Henry Jenkins
Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California

"Convergences in Today's Media Culture"
Special Events

Fri., Jan. 27, 2012, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Reception and book signing to follow. Co-sponsored by Film & Media Studies, KU Memorial Unions, & the Hall Center.
Location: Kansas Union Ballroom

Henry Jenkins classifies himself as an "Aca/Fan"-part fan, part academic-whose interests lie in trying to "find a way to break cultural theory out of the academic bookstore ghetto and open up a larger space to talk about the media that matters to us from a consumer's point of view." To that end, Professor Jenkins has published twelve books on media and popular culture, including Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide (2008) and The Wow Climax: Tracing the Emotional Impact of Popular Culture (2006), on which "Convergences in Today's Media Culture" will focus.

Jenkins served as the Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program for a decade, where he was one of the principal investigators for the Education Arcade, a consortium that promotes recognition of the educational use of computer and video games. He is also the principal investigator for Project New Media Literacies, part of the MacArthur Digital Media and Learning Initiative, and is actively involved in the Convergence Culture Consortium, a group of faculty dedicated to bridging the gap between researchers and the media industry. Currently, Dr. Jenkins is the Provost's Professor of Communication, Journalism, and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California.

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