March 30, 2008
Spring MIT Communications Forum Events

As Henry Jenkins posted in his list of links earlier today, there have been a lot of events happening around the Program in Comparative Media Studies here at MIT that have been keeping us busy lately. Among those are two MIT Communications Forum we featured here on the Consortium blog that are now available for podcast.

The first of those events was a conversation with John Romano, a longtime television writer and producer who has worked on shows such as Hill Street Blues, Party of Five, and Monk, as well as a variety of films.

The event, titled Prime Time in Transition, was covered by C3 Graduate Student Researcher Xiaochang Li, who provided a variety of details from the forum here and here, including some notes from Romano's conversation with David Thorburn, followed by his responses to questions from the audience.

The podcast of Prime Time in Transition is available here.

The second event we covered here from the MIT Communications Forum series came on March 13, when Eggo Müller, Roberta Pearson, and C3 Principal Investigator William Uricchio came together to discuss the international distribution of television formats and programs.

Comparative Media Studies graduate student Lan Le provided the Consortium with a recap of the event here and here.

The podcast of Global Television is available here.

As Henry mentioned in his post earlier today, there will be two other MIT Communications Forum events held this term, both of which tie in to our Consortium. For those of you here in the Boston area, be sure to put it on your calendar. For those of you who are elsewhere and unable to travel in for the events, CMS will also be making these podcasts available.

In the first, the Consortium's director, Henry Jenkins, will be moderating a conversation with Harvard Law School's Yochai Benkler and Cass Sunstein from the University of Chicago Law School, entitled "Our World Digitized: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly."

The second, moderated by the MIT Media Lab's Mitch Resnick, will feature MTV's Ian V. Rowe, along with City Year's Alan Khazei and the University of Washington's Lance Bennett, in an event entitled "Youth and Civic Engagement."

Details are available here. For any other questions, drop me a line at