The University of Oregon–sponsored Robert and Mabel Ruhl Lecture on April 10, featuring Nikole Hannah-Jones, is canceled and will be rescheduled during the 2020–21 academic year. We apologize for any inconvenience.
The state of Oregon is mandating cancelation of events and gatherings of more than 250 people through April 8, 2020, and the UO is canceling nonessential events and gatherings of more than 50 people on campus until further notice.
The UO is coordinating with Lane County Public Health, the Oregon Health Authority, and federal health officials to proactively monitor and respond to novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to protect the health and well-being of our campus community.
For more information on how the university is responding and how to prevent exposure, please visit the UO coronavirus webpage.
As the lead writer for New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” a major viral multimedia initiative observing the 400th anniversary of the first African slaves arriving in America, award-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones explores the lasting legacy of black enslavement on the nation—specifically, how black Americans pushed for the democracy we have today.
Nothing we know about American life today has been untouched by slavery. Everything, from social infrastructure and segregation to music and sugar, has been shaped by it. “The 1619 Project” features all black American authors, activists, journalists, and more, spreading its heartbreaking and absolutely essential message worldwide.
In her talk, Hannah-Jones will explore how, despite our progress, we must remain vigilant in the vital fight against racial inequality, and how it is ethically imperative to reassess longstanding narratives if we want to get closer to the truth and move forward into a better future, together.
About Nikole Hannah-Jones
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius, winner of the National Book Award, and a New York Times Magazine staff writer. She has also received a Peabody Award, a George Polk Award for radio reporting, and the National Magazine Award for journalism that illuminates issues of national importance. She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists and received the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting as well as the Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership. Hannah-Jones also co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting. Her brilliant, heavy-hitting journalism has also been featured in The Atlantic Magazine, Huffington Post, Essence Magazine, Politico Magazine, and on This American Life, NPR, MSNBC, and many other news programs and outlets across the country and internationally.
About the Event
This event, part of the Ancil Payne Week of Journalism Ethics, is made possible by the Robert and Mabel Ruhl Endowment and is co-sponsored by the University of Oregon’s Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Division of Equity and Inclusion, and the Lyllye Reynolds-Parker Black Cultural Center. The annual UO School of Journalism and Communication Ruhl Lecture brings the most influential voices in mass communication to campus.
American Advertising Federation's District 11 Competition will hosted online via video conferencing. Seven schools from the region will compete to see who makes it to the national competition later this spring. For more information, please visit:
Leonard Mlodinow explores how the human mind handles change
We live in a time of great turmoil and change in personal, social, and business spheres. To thrive in such a time, we must adapt and exercise a particular kind of thinking. Elastic thinking is needed to assess new situations, and to form a framework for understanding and reacting to them. It is leads to innovation and creativity.
In his upcoming talk, “Elastic: Flexible Thinking for our Time of Change,” Leonard Mlodinow will explore the psychology and neuroscience behind elastic thinking, detail ways to evaluate our ability to think nimbly, and provide methods to help us improve our skills.
Leonard Mlodinow, theoretical physicist and best-selling literary science writer, will give the Oregon Humanities Center’s 2019–20 Kritikos Lecture.
Mlodinow’s lecture is based on his recent book Elastic: Flexible Thinking in a Constantly Changing World, an exploration of how elastic thinking works. He draws on cutting-edge neuroscience to show how, millennia ago, our brains developed an affinity for novelty, idea generation, and exploration. He discovers how flexible thinking enabled some of the greatest artists, writers, musicians, and innovators to create paradigm shifts. And he investigates the organizations that have demonstrated an elastic ability to adapt to new technologies.
Mlodinow’s parents were holocaust survivors. His father, Simon, was a leader in the Jewish underground in Czestochowa, Poland, until he was shipped to Buchenwald concentration camp in 1944. The Nazis slaughtered his wife and two young children. After he was liberated in 1945, Simon immigrated to New York City and met Mlodinow’s mother, Irene, who had also been in a labor camp in Poland. They raised Mlodinow and his two siblings in Chicago.
Mlodinow dropped out of Brandeis University in 1973 when the Yom Kippur War began and traveled to Israel to work on a kibbutz. While there he discovered physics after reading Richard Feynman’s books. He later completed his studies at Brandeis and earned his PhD in theoretical physics from UC Berkeley.
In addition to Elastic, Mlodinow has authored and co-authored many NYT bestsellers: Subliminal: How Your Unconscious Mind Rules Your Behavior, War of the Worldviews (with Deepak Chopra), The Grand Design (with Stephen Hawking), The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives, and A Briefer History of Time (with Stephen Hawking).
Mlodinow’s talk is free and open to the public. For disability accommodations (which must be requested by April 14), contact email@example.com or 541-346-3934.
What is Information? (2020) will investigate conceptualizations and implementations of information via material, representational, and hybrid frames. The conference-experience will consider information and its transformational æffects—from documents to data; from facts and fictions to pattern recognition; from physical information to differential equations; and from volatility, uncertainty, and ambiguity to collective intelligence and wisdom.
The tenth annual What is…? examines tapestries, temperaments, and topologies of information lenses and practices—including—social and technical, mathematical and semantic, physical and biological, economic and political, cultural and environmental information. Thus, information can be understood as physical, for instruction, and about epistemic systems. This year's gathering expands on What is Technology? (2019), which explored technology as tools, processes, and moral knowledge, as well as problem-solving and intelligent inquiry.
Plenary participants include:
• Ivan E. Sutherland, Engineering and Computer Science, Portland State University
• Zizi Papacharissi, Communication/Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
• André Brock, Literature, Media, and Communication, Georgia Institute of Technology
• Sandra Rendgen, Design, Infographics Group GmbH, Berlin, Germany
• Mark Burgin, Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles | UCLA
• David Ribes, Human Centered Design & Engineering, University of Washington
• Divina Frau-Meigs, Information & Communication Science, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle, France
• Colin Koopman, Philosophy/Ethics/New Media & Culture, University of Oregon
• Elizabeth Canty-Jones, Oregon Historical Quarterly, Oregon Historical Society
• Dan Schiller, Library & Information Science, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
• Carol Stabile, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Oregon
• Yaneer Bar-Yam, New England Complex Systems Institute / MIT Media Lab
Registration required. Please see the website for more details.
You’re invited to the grand opening of the UO School of Journalism and Communication’s new Experience Hub, located on the first floor of Allen Hall.
Part production studio, part research center, and part hands-on learning lab—the Allen Hall Experience Hub is a place where students and faculty collaborate to develop innovative content and examine the media from every angle.
Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments, and demonstrations in the Experience Hub’s newly renovated collaboration spaces:
Immersive Media Lab
Social Media Analytics Lab
Production Studio and Editing Bay
Writing Central and collaboration space
Center of Science Communication Research
Student and Career Services
Hall of Achievement interactive digital display
The Tenth Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2020.
The University of Oregon defines undergraduate research broadly and includes students from all disciplines. Undergraduate students all over campus are engaged in original projects, mentored research, creative work, entrepreneurial presentations, consulting pitches, portfolios, and community-based projects. UO students have big questions and are working on finding and making answers.
Whether you are presenting, attending, mentoring, or supporting your peers, we look forward to seeing you at the symposium.
Last year over 75 majors, 21 minors, and eight colleges were represented by students from every undergraduate class in the Erb Memorial Union and Science Library Visualization Lab for a day of oral and poster presentations, performance art, Academic Residential Community presentations and quick chats telling the stories behind the data students are gathering and working with. This year will welcome new presenters and mentors for the biggest symposium yet.
Sunday, June 14, 2020
To be determined.
GRADUATES! Make sure you register for the ceremony on Marching Order. A link will be sent to your email address in May. You can find more information on the SOJC Commencement website, here: https://journalism.uoregon.edu/commencement/
REGALIA (cap and gown, etc.): Purchase at the Duck Store starting late March/early April. (http://www.uoduckstore.com/graduation-packages)
Visiting friends and family are encouraged to make travel arrangements early.
More details are coming soon. If you or someone you know needs special accommodations to enjoy the event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Next Media Frontier is Immersive
We are now living in the experiential age. Communicators must learn how to use immersive media to create experiences that tell compeling stories, engage and educate audiences, elevate brands, and drive social change.
This summer, immerse yourself in a new kind of learning adventure: The Immersive Communication Workshop at the Oregon Reality (OR) Lab at the University of Oregon in downtown Portland. This week-long interdisciplinary workshop, taught by award-winning faculty at the OR Lab, will teach you how to:
Anticipate your clients' evolving communication needs
Use Immserive media technologies for experiential communication
Understand and improve immersive user experiences
Begin building virtual environments (no prior experience needed)
Understand the power and responsiblity of designing immersive content for ethical impact
A few spots are still available! Register today
As the power of augmented, virtual, and extended realities and the Spacial Web continues to grow, industry and the academy are also beginning to grapple with the ethical considerations that accompany that power. How often do the individuals who design these immersive experiences consider the potential consequences of both brief and prolonged use in these spaces? The extraordinary opportunity to both elevate and destroy rests in the hands of the content and experience creator. This panel brings together academics, journalists and industry professionals at the forefront of this field to discuss what we know and what we don’t know about the ethical considerations of immersive media.
Kent Bye, Journalist, Historian, Philosopher and host of Voices of VR Podcast
Daniel Pimentel, Lab Coordinator, Media Effects & Technology Lab and in Fall 2020, UO Assistant Professor in Immersive Media Psychology
Moderator: Donna Davis, Associate Professor and Director of the Master's in Strategic Communications program
RSVP required. Email Erika Berardi if you'd like to attend.
Design Week Portland 2020
The Winter 2020 multimedia journalism class, Storytelling with Communities, invites the public to a screening of the students' current projects. In light of Governor Brown's announcement on March 11 and what we continue to learn about the most effective efforts to contain the spreak of COVID-19, we are postponing the screening to the Fall 2020 term.
Net Inclusion welcomes digital inclusion community practitioners, advocates, academics, Internet service providers, and policymakers to discuss:
local, state and federal policies and policy innovations impacting digital equity,
sources of financial and programmatic support of digital inclusion programs,
and digital inclusion best practices from across the country.
Considering CDC advisories for older adults and those with compromised immune systems, the organizers feel it is in the best interest to reschedule this particular set of events for a later date. We apologize for any inconvenience these cancelations may cause you.