MIT Press Live! Author Series
MIT Press Live! online events feature leading researchers and experts from around the globe discussing the important and timely topics we all need to know more about. The events cover topics from critical thinking during a time of crisis to concentration in times of distraction. The series includes talks and workshops on the great material revolutions of the last two centuries, extraterrestrials, and more. This author series is aimed at fostering vibrant online intellectual communities and spreading new knowledge.
Upcoming Author Events
Paola Bonifazio examines the “convergence culture” of Italian media as photoromance magazines dispersed their content across multiple formats, narrative conventions, editorial and business strategies, and platforms. Bonifazio discusses the media habits of photoromance readers; the use of photoromances to promote political, religious, and social agendas, including a campaign for “birth control in comics”; and long-term fandom. While publishers built lifelong relationships with their readers, the readers built a common identity and culture.
Sullivan chronicles her early life as a “Sputnik Baby,” her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program as one of “thirty-five new guys.” (She was also one of the first six women to join NASA's storied astronaut corps.) She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft (it's like “being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time”), shows us the view from a spacewalk, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster.
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Support for the MIT Press Live! series is made possible by the MindandHeart Innovation Fund which seeks to leverage the enthusiasm and problem-solving skills of the MIT community to find new and inventive ways of increasing awareness about mental health, building communities of support, and promoting life skills.