Columbia Journalism School

Communications Colloquium

The doctoral program in communications hosts sessions on both novel and vintage communications scholarship.

The colloquium is open to all interested. If you have questions, comments, or suggestions, contact the student organizers, Andrea Dixon ( and Maxwell Foxman (

All events below are free and open to the public.

Fall 2015

Except as noted, all events take place in room 601B.

Thursday, September 24, 12:30 to 2 pm -- Nicholas John. This session will meet in room 502.

Thursday, October 15, 12 noon to 1:30 pm -- Kim Yong-chan.

Thursday, October 29, 12 noon to 1:30 pm -- Jeremy Blatter.

Thursday, November 5, 12:30 to 2 pm -- Hector Postigo.

Thursday, November 12, 12:30 to 2 pm -- Roei Davidson and Nat Poor.

Thursday, December 3, 12:30 to 2 pm -- Laura DeNardis.

Spring 2015

Except as noted, all events take place in room 601B from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.

Thursday, January 29 -- Reece Peck, CUNY College of Staten Island, "Fox Populism in the Great Recession"

Monday, February 16 -- Mara Mills, New York University, "Modulation: From Voice to Signal." This session will meet in room 607B.

Monday, March 2--Ben Peters, University of Tulsa, "The Soviet Internet: A History of How Not to Network a Nation". This session will meet from 10 am to 12 noon in room 601B.

Thursday, March 5 -- Michael Delli Carpini, University of Pennsylvania, "Rethinking the Relationship between Media & Politics in the New Information Environment”

Thursday, March 12 -- Philip Dalton, Hofstra University, "Rhetoric of the 21st-Century Public Sphere"

Thursday, March 26 -- Brooke Duffy, Temple University, "The Politics of 'Passion Projects': Gendered Labor in the Social Media Era"

Thursday, April 9 -- Clara Bouveresse, Panthéon-Sorbonne, "Magnum Photos: A Beacon in the History of Photojournalism?" Annie Rudd, Columbia University, respondent. This session will meet from 1 to 3 pm in room 601B.

Thursday, April 23 -- Kate Fink, Pace University, and a '14 graduate of Columbia's Communications PhD program, "Public Records and Private Interests"

Fall 2014

Except as noted, all events take place in 607B from 12 noon to 1:30 pm.

Thursday, September 18 -- Jonathan Silberstein-Loeb, University of Oxford, "The International Distribution of News: Some Lessons from American and British History." This session will meet at 12:30 PM

Thursday, October 9 -- Charlton McIlwain, New York University, "Race the Net: An Alternative Story of Race, Racial Minorities & the Web"

Thursday, October 23 -- Kenzie Burchell, University of Toronto, Scarborough, "From Sochi to Ukraine: International Broadcasting, Social Media, and the Transitions between Controversy, Celebration, and Crisis"

Monday, December 1 -- Finn Brunton, New York University, "Deferred Settlement: Notes from Ongoing Cryptocurrency Research"


Spring 2014

Except as noted, all events take place in 607B from 12 noon to 1:50 pm.

Friday, January 31 -- Anastasia Kavada, University of Westminster, "Communicating Protest Movements: The Case of Occupy"

Monday, February 10 -- W. Russell Neuman, University of Michigan, "The Revolution in Our Understanding of Human Communication: A Modest Proposal"

Friday, February 21 -- Dave Pozen, Columbia University, "The Leaky Leviathan: Why the Government Condemns and Condones Unlawful Disclosures of Information"

Friday, March 7 -- Rodney Benson, New York University, and Giovanna Dell'Orto, University of Minnesota, moderated by Andie Tucher, Columbia University, "Is Narrative Enough? Immigration News and the Genres of Journalism"

Tuesday, March 25 -- Zeynep Tufekci, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, "Disruptive Media: Examining Social-Media Fueled Protest Repertoires from Tahrir to Taksim." This session meets in the World Room, on the 3rd floor of Pulitzer Hall.

Fall 2013

Except as noted, all events take place in 607B Pulitzer Hall from 12 noon to 1:50 pm.

Wednesday, October 2 -- Anastasiia Grynko, Columbia University, "Press freedom and transparency beyond the normative concepts: The case of contemporary Ukraine"

Wednesday, October 16 -- Klaus Bruhn Jensen, University of Copenhagen, "Big data and beyond - Theorizing data for communication research"

Monday, November 4 -- Tiago Mata, Cambridge University, "Industry between democracy and leadership: Fortune and Business Week, 1929-1952" This session meets at 12:30.

Thursday, November 14 -- José van Dicjk, University of Amsterdam, "Social media and the culture of connectivity"

Thursday, December 5 -- Juliette De Maeyer, Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB)/CUNY, "Hyperlinks in online news: a comparative approach to an object of journalism"

Spring 2013

Except as noted, all events take place in 607B Pulitzer Hall from 12 noon to 1:50 pm.

Monday, February 18 - C.W. Anderson (Comm. Ph.D. '09), College of Staten Island, "Rebuilding the News: Metropolitan Journalism in the Digital Age," AND Katherine Fink, Columbia University, "Is This a Job for Ethnography?"

Monday, March 4 - Laura Portwood-Stacer, New York University, "Refusal as Resistance: Activists, Anti-Consumption, and Lifestyle Politics"

Wednesday, April 10 - Lev Manovich, Program in Computer Science, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, "How to Compare One Million Images? Visualizing Patterns in Art, Games, Comics, Cinema, Web, Print, and User-Generated Content." This session meets in 601B Pulitzer.

Wednesday, May 1 -- Matthew Jones, Columbia University, "Data Mining: The Critique of Artificial Reason, 1963-2005." This session meets in 601B Pulitzer.

Fall 2012

All events take place in 601B Pulitzer Hall from 12 noon to 1:50 pm.

Wednesday, September 12 - Jane Gaines, Columbia Film

Wednesday, October 3 - Wiebke Loosen, Hans Bredow Institute, Germany

Monday, November 12 - Matt Sienkiewicz, Boston College Communications

Wednesday, December 5 - Victor Pickard, Penn Annenberg. Rescheduled from November 1.

Past Events

Fall 2011

Thursday, Sep. 15
Maurice Walsh, University of Oxford
"Ireland 1920: Journalism and the Morality of Great Powers"

Wednesday, Sep. 28
Prof. Elihu Katz, University of Pennsylvania / Annenberg School of Communication
"No More Peace!: How Disaster, Terror and War Have Upstaged Media Events"

Monday, Oct. 24
Prof. Jeff Pooley, Muhlenberg College
"Thesis Drift: Reading James W. Carey's Dissertation in the Context of his Career"

Thursday, Oct. 27
Prof. Patricia Aufderheide, American University
"Beyond the Copyright Wars: Fair Use, Free Speech, and Reframing the Policy Debate"

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Prof. Nikki Usher, George Washington University
"NYT and the Great Recession: Watchdogs and Business News Values at Work"

Monday, Nov. 14
Prof. Christina Dunbar-Hester, Rutgers University
"Technological Activism At Work"

Spring 2011

Thursday, Feb. 24
Daniel Kreiss, Yale Law School
"Taking Our Country Back: Crafting Networked Politics"

Monday, Mar. 7
Prof. Hugh Slotten, University of Otago
"Public Broadcasting in the United States: The Early History"

Monday, Mar. 28
Prof. Catherine Bertho Lavenir, Université Sorbonne
?Do New Media Really Matter??

Monday, Apr. 4
Prof. Marita Sturken, NYU
"Visuality and the Memory of War: The Erasure of Iraq"

Thursday, May 5
Prof. Monroe Price, University of Pennsylvania / Annenberg School of Communication
"Strategic Narratives and the Arab Spring"

Monday, May 9
Prof. Rasha Abdulla, American University in Cairo
"The People Want to Tweet the Revolution"

Fall 2010

Wednesday, Dec. 1
Prof. Mitchell Stephens, NYU
"Journalism and News: Untangling their Histories"

Friday, Nov. 12
Prof. Jonathan Coopersmith, A&M University Texas
"The Failure of Fax: Analog Technology in a Digital World"

Wednesday, Oct. 27
Prof. Philip Howard, University of Washington
"Digital Technology and Democracy in the Muslim World"

Thursday, Oct. 21
Frank van Vree, NYU Steinhardt/University of Amsterdam
"Shock and Penance: An Archeological Approach to the Early Imagery of Nazi Crimes"

Tuesday, Oct. 12
Lisa Gitelman, NYU Steinhardt
"Daniel Ellsberg and the Lost Idea of the Photocopy"

Spring 2010

Monday, Apr. 19
Laura DeNardis, Yale University
"Technologies of Dissent"

Monday, Mar. 22
Ove K. Pedersen, Copenhagen Business School
"Knowledge Regimes: A Comparative Project on Where Policy Ideas Come from in Four Different Countries"

Monday, Mar. 8
Silvio Waisbord, George Washington University
"Making Civic News: NGOs and Journalism"

Tuesday, Feb. 23
Amelia Arsenault, Univesrity of Pennsylvania
"The Convergence of Networks and the Importance of Nodes: Mapping the Global Networks of the Information Industries"

Thursday, Feb. 4
Robert W. McChesney, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
"Journalism is Dead. Long Live Journalism"

Monday, Feb. 8
Erica Robles, New York University
"Mediating Congregation: The Aesthetics and Technics of an American Megachurch"

Fall 2009

Tuesday, Sept. 22
Dominic Pettman, The New School
"After the Beep - Answering Machines and Creaturely Life"

Thursday, Oct. 15
Victor Pickard, NYU
"Can Public Policy Save the News? The Uncertain History and Future of Journalism"

Thursday, Oct. 22
Joseph Turow, University of Pennsylvania
"Digital Media and the Transformation of Consumer Culture"

Wednesday, Nov. 4
Matthew Hindman, Arizona State University
"The Elephant and the Butterfly: The Curious Political Economy of Web Traffic"

Tuesday, Nov. 24
Dave Karpf, Brown; Josh Braun, Cornell; and Lokman Tsui, University of Pennsylvania
"A Roundtable on Technology and Democracy"

Spring 2009

Monday, Feb. 16
Daniel Carey, National University of Ireland, Galway
"The American Way of Death: Reportage on murder from Capote to Gilmore"

Friday, Mar. 27
Thomas Streeter, University of Vermont
"The Net Effect"

Monday, Mar. 30
W. Russell Neuman, University of Michigan
"Digital News"

Tuesday, Apr. 14
Lisa Keller, SUNY Purchase
"Truimph of Order"

Monday, Apr. 27
Saskia Sassen, Columbia University
"Cultures of Use and the Constituting of Digital Power"

Wednesday, May 5
William Grueskin, Columbia University
"A Conversation about the Future of Journalism Education"

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