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Josh Eckhardt | The First Popular Objection to British Colonization Overseas

Initial reports from Jamestown indicated that the colony needed to broaden its base of both investors and settlers. To attract such popular support, the Virginia Company of London turned to clergy. In 1609, three churchmen wrote and published sermons to encourage Londoners to commit their “purse or person” to the venture. These preachers faced a…

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Jennifer Rhee | Ryoji Ikeda’s Infinities: The Digital Subject and Privacy in the Age of Big Data

My presentation explore digital artist Ryoji Ikeda’s explorations of sound, light, infinity, and big data. Drawing on media theory that foregrounds human embodiment in technological relations, I will bring Ikeda’s work into conversation with booming big data business strategies such as data mining and data tracking. Through an examination of Ikeda’s aesthetic environments, I will…

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Gretchen Soderlund | Sensationalism, the Women’s Christian Temperance Union, and Journalism Reform after 1885

My presentation examines the relationships between the American press and the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), paying particular attention to the organization’s attempt to focus national attention on “white slavery” in the wake of William T. Stead’s “Maiden Tribute of Modern Babylon.” It will demonstrate that the WCTU made a number of contributions that reshaped…

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