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Communication and Media Studies

CMS Speaker Series

The CMS Speaker Series is dedicated to advancing discourse and learning around contemporary issues in communication and media studies across disciplinary boundaries. 

The CMS program brings a diverse roster of speakers to campus to spark intellectual curiosity and engage the campus and Chestertown community in contemporary debate around a wide variety of issues.

For a list of past speakers, student seminars, and public lectures please click here

The series is overseen and curated by Prof. Kozma with the assistance of Prof. Grosse. Past speakers have been generously supported by the William James Forum Fund, the Business Management Department, and the program in Black Studies. 

2019-2020 Speakers & Events

CMS Speaker Series Presents Dr. Robert Mejia

Robert Mejia is an Assistant Professor of Communication at North Dakota State University. He is a critical cultural scholar invested in understanding how politics, economics, culture, and technology are embedded within each other. His article documenting the racial history and infrastructure of contemporary propaganda, “White Lies: A Racial History of the (Post)Truth,” was awarded the 2019 National Communication Association’s outstanding article award from the Critical and Cultural Studies Division.

Dr. Mejia’s visit is generously supported by the Communication and Media Studies Program, The William James Fund, The Center for Environment & Society, and the Department of Environmental Science/Studies.

February 17th |  Student Seminar | 1:00pm | Sophie Kerr

RMSSThe Ethical Limits of Play

The videogame industry and academic field of game studies has tended to treat play as a good in itself, that is, something that possesses intrinsic value: play is unequivocally good. Though critical scholarship does exist, the tendency nonetheless is to distinguish tainted forms of play from good forms of play, which has the effect of leaving the goodness of play in itself intact. This seminar is designed to undermine this assumption of play as having intrinsic value and instead consider under what conditions and for whom is play good for and conversely who is play bad for.

The videogame industry and game studies tends to treat play as something that has intrinsic value: play is unequivocally good. But is play always good? And is it always good for everyone?


February 17th |  Public Lecture | 4:30pm | Hynson

RMPLRace and Urban Communication Infrastructure

The city operates as a complicated confluence of uneven political, economic, cultural, and environmental interests. Critical geographers and sociologists have documented how the inequitable power dynamics governing these relationships have led to segregated cities. This public lecture builds upon this research to illustrate how communication infrastructure is a fundamental element of urban planning, and how an emphasis on communication can help us to design better cities capable of combating racism and other forms of systemic discrimination.