Charlton McIlwain to Deliver 2022 Annual Communication Conference : UMass Amherst

know about Charlton McIlwain to Deliver 2022 Annual Communication Conference : UMass Amherst

Charlton McIlwainprofessor of media, culture, and communication and current vice chancellor for faculty engagement and development at New York University, will deliver the UMass Amherst annual communication conference, Friday, April 22, at 11:30 am in the Communication Hub at the third floor of the Integrated Learning Center.


Charlton McIlwain

Charlton McIlwain

Each spring, the Annual Communication Conference invites nationally and internationally recognized scholars to UMass Amherst to dialogue with the Western Mass campus and community about their outstanding scholarship and contributions to the field of communication in the analysis of contemporary social issues. This year’s conference, titled “How to Make Technology Anti-Racist,” will address general calls for greater accountability and transparency in the governance and content distribution practices of social media platforms and search engines. McIlwain will offer a landmark reflection on how information technology stakeholders can learn lessons from the past to reimagine, conceptualize, design, and build new technology systems that are less biased, fairer, increasingly equitable, and explicitly anti-racist.

McIlwain is the founder of the Center for Critical Career and Digital Studies (CR+DS), a network of leading public scholars of color researching, sharing knowledge, and convening stakeholders on the intersections of race and technology to address societal discrimination based on race, ethnicity, and identity enacted through the design, implementation and use of digital technology. Applications and technological platforms.

His work focuses on the intersections of race, digital media, and racial justice activism. He is the author of the booksBlack Software: The Internet and Racial Justice, from Afronet to Black Lives Matter” (Oxford University Press 2019) and “Racial Appeal: How Candidates Invoke Race in US Political Campaigns.”, which he co-authored with Stephen M. Caliendo (Temple University Press 2011). He is also the author and co-author of several academic papers, including “Racial Formation, Inequality & the Political Economy of Web Traffic,” co-authored with Deen Freelon and Meredith Clark, which was published in the journal Information, Communication & Society, and is one of the authors of the #CommunicationSoWhite study

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The Annual Communication Conference, founded in 2020, is sponsored by the UMass Amherst Department of Communication with support from the Cardinal-O’Leary Fund. Conference speakers are nominated and selected by faculty members and the general graduate student body.

“The forum recognizes and highlights academic excellence and the plurality of perspectives and methodological traditions within our discipline,” explains Erica Scharrer, professor of communication and director of the department. “Charlton McIlwain’s work is truly inspiring and connects directly to our commitment to social justice and scholarship committed to communication.”

Those unable to attend the conference in person can also join via Zoom and are asked to RSVP online for Thursday April 21.

For more information about the Department of Communication’s annual conference or McIlwain’s visit to UMass Amherst, contact Martha Fuentes-Bautista at [email protected]