Facts Still Matter: Countering the Influence of Russian Hackers, Trolls and ‘Viral Deception’ on October 29th at 4

Facts Still Matter: Countering the Influence of Russian Hackers, Trolls and ‘Viral Deception’
October 29 4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

Featuring Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania and cofounder of FactCheck.org.

Register for this free event

This talk is sponsored by the Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politics’ Public Affairs Speaker Series and the Center for Science Communication Research (SCR). It is made possible in part by the Richard W. and Laurie Johnston Lecture Fund.

Jamieson is the Elizabeth Ware Packard Professor at the Annenberg School for Communication of the University of Pennsylvania and Director of the university’s Annenberg Public Policy Center. She has authored or co-authored 16 books, including Cyberwar: How Russian Hackers and Trolls Helped Elect a President, which won the Association of American Publishers’ 2019 R.R. Hawkins Award and was published in a revised paperback edition by Oxford University Press in June 2020. Among her other award-winning books are Spiral of Cynicism (with Joseph Cappella) and The Obama Victory: How Media, Money and Message Shaped the 2008 Election (with Kate Kenski and Bruce Hardy). In 2020, the National Academy of Sciences awarded Jamieson its Public Welfare Medal for her “non-partisan crusade to ensure the integrity of facts in public discourse and development of the science of scientific communication to promote public understanding of complex issues.”

In 2003, Jamieson cofounded FactCheck.org, the non-profit non-partisan website that describes itself as a “consumer advocate for voters that aims to reduce the level of deception and confusion in U.S. politics.” In 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and from 2014-2019, FactCheck won Webby Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for being the best Politics site (the Webbys have been called the “Oscars of the Internet”).

Jamieson is a member of the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences, and a Distinguished Scholar of the National Communication Association. She also is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and the International Communication Association. For her contributions to the study of political communication, she received the American Political Science Association’s Murray Edelman Distinguished Career Award in 1995. In 2016, the American Philosophical Society awarded her its Henry Allen Moe Prize in the Humanities.


WordPress for Digital Humanists Workshop Series

The UO Libraries presents the WordPress for Digital Humanists Workshop Series!

Have you been curious about WordPress, but not sure how to get started or hesitant to jump in? Are you wanting to setup a digital humanities project with WordPress and need technical knowledge? Join the UO Libraries in their 3 part workshop series. We’ll be diving into how to use WordPress via UO Blogs. For more information visit their website.

UO Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series Fall Schedule

Department of Art
Visiting Artist Lecture Series
Fall 2020

Lectures are free and open to the public.
Lectures are live on Zoom- register via the above links or the Events page.
Lectures will also livestream on the Department of Art Facebook page.
Visit 5 Minutes for conversations between Visiting Artists and UO Art MFA candidates.

Upcoming Schedule: 

Explore 10+ years of Visiting Artist lectures on the UO Channel.
Join the Department of Art and the School of Art + Design on Instagram.
Go to art.uoregon.edu for more info about the department and upcoming events.

Data Ethics Webinar co-presented by the UO Philosophy Department on Thursday, October 22 at 11

The Philosophy Department at the University of Oregon—in collaboration with the Oregon Humanities Center as well as with faculty at the University of Kansas and Koç University— is pleased to host a monthly webinar-style conversation series on Data Ethics.

The webinar will consist of two online meetings a month (~1hr). One meeting will be an internal/institutional online discussion meeting reserved to those institutionally affiliated people with an interest in data ethics. This first meeting will be a seminar style discussion based on assigned readings for the monthly topic; a second monthly public meeting (~1hr) will be reserved to welcome a speaker for a thorough discussion/talk of a topic in data ethics.

This webinar series is possible in part thanks to the generosity of the Oregon Humanities Center’s Endowment for Public Outreach in the Arts, Sciences, and Humanities as well as academic sponsorship opportunities from Ripple Labs Inc. at the University of Kansas.

For any questions regarding scheduling and registration please visit this webpage or contact Ramón Alvarado at ralvarad@uoregon.edu with subject line “data ethics webinar”.

Welcome Back to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Welcome back NMCC students and faculty affiliates!

At the beginnings of what promises to be a challenging school year, and after what was certainly a challenging summer, NMCC sends our students and faculty affiliates a note of welcome . We want to recognize that we return to a different campus this term, teaching and learning remotely, still reeling from weeks of wildfires, facing down the second wave of the pandemic, and enduring the unrelenting onslaught that is our contemporary political moment. We collectively hope that everyone is taking the time for self-care during these difficult times.

NMCC’s events and lectures will look a bit different this year as we won’t have on-campus visitors for at least Fall term (and quite possibly all year). However, we are hoping to present a series of videoconference lectures and workshops on topics ranging from AI to digital methods. If you have any ideas for speakers or topics for these kinds of events, please contact us at nmcc@uoregon.edu. We may even be able to help fund a speaker or event that you are interested in hosting. We are also hoping to hold our annual Data|Media|Digital Graduate Symposium in Winter or Spring term. If you have other ideas for ways of connecting with NMCC that would be valuable to you (maybe a dissertation workshop series?, new media talks from new UO faculty?), please reach out and we can help facilitate such events. Stay tuned to our blog, website, and social media for updates on these and future NMCC events.

As you get ready for your classes, we also want to draw your attention again to the list of NMCC-eligible courses. We updated this list over summer, so check it out to see if there’s a course of interest to you that can count toward your NMCC certificate

If you are receiving this email as a prospective NMCC student, know that the NMCC is here to support your interests and pursuits in digital technology, collaboration, or new approaches to scholarship. If you are consider adding the New Media and Culture certificate to your degree, reach out and let us know what questions you have. The New Media and Culture certificate is available to any graduate student in any department at all of UO’s colleges and schools. It is a flexible program that offers a way to diversify yourself within your field without adding additional time to your degree. For those interested in learning more about the certificate, please see our website for the director’s welcome and the answer to “Why NMCC?”. On our site, you can also find a FAQassociated faculty, a list of new media courses , and application materials should you wish to apply.

Lastly, Colin and Patrick just wanted to again introduce ourselves as the NMCC leadership. Colin Koopman (Professor & Department Head of Philosophy) is the current Director of NMCC. He works on data politics, most recently in his 2019 book How We Became Our Data. He is looking forward to teaching the NMCC required common seminar this Spring in a new partnership with the Comparative Literature Department (note that the common seminar will also be offered in Winter through the School of Journalism and Communication). Patrick Jones  (an advanced Ph.D. candidate in Media Studies in SOJC) is our social media coordinator and administrative assistant — he works on political technology, global media, and social movement politics.

Again, we welcome you all back and look forward to a fun, engaged year at the NMCC even under the circumstances.

NMCC Omeka Showcase Exhibits are Live!

NMCC is happy to announce the launch of a digital web exhibit platform we have set up for our students. Using Omeka, a leading open-source digital collections and design collection, we have created a hosted space for NMCC students to build a digital exhibit with the assistance of NMCC (and Digital Scholarship Center) staff.

We are launching with two just-finished exhibits by a pair of excellent NMCC graduate students.  The first exhibit, by NMCC and History of Art and Architecture Doctoral Student Emily Lawhead, is titled “‘Make a Shadow’: The Performative Arc of Mieko Shiomi’s Spatial Poem #4.” It  traces the performative dimensions of a decade-long (1965-175) project by Japanese artist Mieko Shiomi (b. 1938) in association with the international Fluxus Movement. The second, by NMCC Program Assistant and SOJC Doctoral Candidate Patrick Jones, is titled “Mechanized Secrecy: A Genealogy of Democratic Spaces.” It explores how the secret ballot reorganized the act of voting in the United States in the late 19th century.

For more information on our Omeka exhibits, visit our website.

Congratulations to our 2020 NMCC Graduates

Congratulations to our talented 2020 NMCC graduates, Julia Major (MA, Nonprofit Management) and Palita Chunsaengchan (PhD, Comparative Literature)! Julia’s favorite NMCC course was Media Archaeology with NMCC Director, Dr. Colin Koopman. She plans to pursue a career in Higher Ed after graduating this June. Dr. Chunsaengchan’s favorite course was Transmedial Aesthetics with Dr. Michael Allan. She will be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Minnesota starting this fall. To learn more about our graduates and their research, visit our website.

2020 Spring Shelfie: Phil Duncan

Phil Duncan is a doctoral candidate in media studies at the University of Oregon. His research explores the environmental media industry, with a specific interest in technology’s influence on the production, distribution, and exhibition of natural history and science communication. This research has manifested in fieldwork at the United Nations headquarters, interviews with filmmakers from the Discovery Channel and the BBC Natural History Unit, and in-depth engagement with archival films and materials from the National Geographic, Library of Congress, and American Museum of Natural History archives. His work on the subject has been published in the Journal of Popular Film and Television and In Media Res. Additionally, Phil is currently co-editing a collection, The Wild: Image and Industry, that takes a transdisciplinary approach to political economy and the environmental humanities.

Phil’s dissertation, in part, engages the “old” media of 16mm film through the lens of new media studies. Specifically, this work is interested in the introduction of portable 16mm camera technology to the field of nature documentary filmmaking in the 1920s and 1930s. To aid in this work, Phil’s bookshelf currently houses thick omnibus collections of Nature Magazine, an outdoors magazine published in the early half of the 20th century. Of particular interest to his project are the advertisements for 16mm cameras targeted toward readers interested in pursuing nature filmmaking both vocationally and avocationally. Early findings suggest that the vocabularies developed to promote these technologies 100 years ago are still used today—in advertisements for GoPros, selfie sticks, camper vans, and sleeping bags.

For anyone interested in contemporary resources that engage with media, technology, and the natural world, Phil suggests:

Playing Nature: Ecology in Video Games, Alenda Chang (2019)
Zoological Surrealism: The Nonhuman Cinema of Jean Painlevé, James Leo Cahill (2019)
Inhospitable World: Cinema in the Time of the Anthropocene, Jennifer Fay (2018)
Carbon Capitalism and Communication: Confronting Climate Crisis, eds. Benedetta Brevini and Graham Murdock (2017)
Developing Animals: Wildlife and Early American Photography, Matthew Brower (2010)

Fall 2020 Course Offerings Posted

Below are the NMCC Course Offerings for Fall 2020. For more information, please visit our website.


In AY 2020-2021, the Common Seminar, “History and Theory of New Media,” will be taught in both Winter and Spring Term. In Winter, the course will be taught in the School of Journalism and Communication. In the Spring, it will be taught in the Department of Comparative Literature by NMCC Director, Dr. Colin Koopman.


Fall 2020 Course Listings


Topics Courses

Course Number Course Title Professor
ARTD 510 Net Art Silva
CIS 571 Intro Artificial Intelligence Nguyen
EDUC 616 Phil Found Soc Sci Rosiek
J 610 Journalism Studies Lewis
PHIL 507 Sem Artificial Intelligence Alvarado
PPPM 510 Art in Society Blandy
PPPM 610 Visual Communications Brown
LAW 610 Trademark Law Priest
LAW 667 Copyrights Priest

Methods Courses

Course Number Course Title Professor
ARTD 510 Data Visualization Tan
EDLD 651 Intro Educ Data Sci Nese
EDLD 654 Mach Learn Edu Data Sc Nese
EDUC 611 Surv Educ Res Methods Irvin
EDUC 634 Qual Mth III: Post Inq Mazzei
EDUC 642 Mult Regress & Edu Research Zopluoglu
GEOG 590 Top GISci Web Mapping Merson
J 560 Top Insight w/Data Markowitz
J 560 Top Design Studio Asbury
LA 510 Env Data Visualization Lee
MUS 547 Digital Aud & Sound Des Stolet
PPPM 656 Quantitative Methods Jacobsen
PSY 512 Applied Data Analysis Pennefather
PSY 611 Data Analysis 1 Weston
SOC 613 Data Visualization Southworth

Electives Courses (note also that any Topics or Methods course counts as an elective)

Course Number Course Title Professor
ARTD 510 Interactive Video Ives
ARTD 563 Communication Design Salter
ARTD 571 3-D Computer Imaging Park
ARCH 523 Top Media Design Devel Williams
ARCH 610 Intro Arch Computing Speranza
CINE 510 Top Cinema & Censorship Alilunas
CINE 511/J 511 U.S. Film Industry Hanna
CINE 540 Top Contemp Glob Art Steinhart
J 512 Global Reality TV Sen
J 512 Top Consumer Culture Bybee
J 512 Comparative Media Law Youm
J 560 Top Advertising & Culture Elias
J 563 Top Data Journalism Maier
J 567 Top Digital Asia Nah
J 610 Media Hist: S & S Soderlund
J 612 Media Theory I Ofori-Parku
LA 508 Wrk Adv Digital Media Abelman
MUS 576 Digital Aud Wrk Tech 1 Bellona
MUS 645 Adv Electronic Compos Stolet


Free Virtual Workshop on Friday 5/15 on WordPress for Digital Humanists

The Digital Scholarship Center’s DREAM lab at the University Oregon will host the first of three workshops on WordPress for Digital Humanists on Friday, May 15 from 2-4. The workshop will focus on setting up website infrastructure. No experience with WordPress is necessary! For information or to register for the event visit the DSC website.