Past Features

February 23, 2009 (Vol. 9, No. 3)

Lehman Professor to Discuss Civil Liberties March 5

Lehman Anthropology Professor Christa Salamandra is one of three scholars invited to give a seminar March 5 on media publics, democracy, and modernity in South Africa, Syria, and India. Titled "Public Access: Media and Civil Liberties in a Global Context," the seminar will take place at 4 p.m. in Studio B of Whitehead Hall at Brooklyn College. The discussion is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Ethyle R. Wolfe Institute for Humanities.

Professor Salamandra is the author of A New Old Damascus: Authenticity and Distinction in Urban Syria (Indiana University Press, 2004), as well as several articles on Arab media, and is currently writing an ethnography of Syrian television drama production, drawn from fieldwork in Damascus and Dubai. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford, where she served as a postdoctoral research associate. She has been a visiting lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London and a Fulbright Scholar and visiting professor at the Lebanese American University in Beirut.

Joining her on the panel will be two scholars from the University of Michigan: Sean Jacobs, professor of Afro-American and African Studies and Communication Studies, and Aswin Punathambekar, professor of Communication Studies.

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