Upcoming Events: w4m: The End of the American Red Light District (7/8)

July 02, 2014

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July 2, 2014
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w4m: The End of the American Red Light District

Tuesday, July 8, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


The history of the American red light district is quite brief – from railroad signal lights to hotel bathroom selfies – and clouded in myth. Soon it may be lost. In this talk, journalist Melissa Gira Grant (author of Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work) will reconsider how communication technologies shape sex-for-sale, proposing that sex work has merged with the network. We'll surveil the police, missionaries, media, and politicians who created and command this space, and discuss what we can learn from how sex workers have remained a step ahead.

Melissa Gira Grant is a writer and freelance journalist, covering sexuality, politics, and technology. Her book, Playing the Whore: The Work of Sex Work (Verso, 2014) challenges the myths about selling sex and those who make them. Her reporting and commentary appears in The Nation, Wired, The Atlantic, Glamour, The Guardian, In These Times, The Washington Post, Dissent, Slate, Salon, The American Prospect, Reason, Jezebel, and Valleywag, among other publications, and she is a contributing editor at Jacobin. RSVP Required. more information on our website>

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Presentation by Christian Sandvig & Karrie G. Karahalios

Tuesday, July 22, 12:30pm ET, Berkman Center for Internet & Society, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. This event will be webcast live.


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Christian Sandvig is an Associate Professor in Communication Studies and at the School of Information at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor where he is a researcher specializing in the development of Internet infrastructure and public policy. Karrie Karahalios is an associate professor in computer science at the University of Illinois where she heads the Social Spaces Group. RSVP Required. more information on our website>


Dino Sossi Discusses the Immigrant Experience Through Film


In this talk Dino Sossi -- Berkman Fellow, multimedia producer, and Doctoral Candidate in Instructional Technology and Media at Columbia University -- presents excerpts from his new documentary film "Home." "Home" focuses on the tension between a younger generation's need for self-discovery and an older generation's wish to move on. Shot throughout Europe and North America, "Home" explores issues of personal identity, memory and collective grief.  video/audio on our website>

Other Events of Note

Local, national, international, and online events that may be of interest to the Berkman community:

  • 7/2-4: Information Influx (IViR Amsterdam)
  • 7/18-20: HOPE X (New York City)

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