From Knowledgeable to Knowledge-Able: New Learning Environments for New Media Environments (Wesch)

October 19, 2011

12:30 p.m.
Presented by:Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology and 2011-2012 Coffman Chair for Distinguished Teaching Scholars, Kansas State University
150 JRP Hall
University of Kansas

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Dubbed “the explainer” by Wired magazine, Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the impact of new media on society and culture. After two years studying the im-pact of writing on a remote indigenous culture in the rain forest of Papua New Guinea, he has turned his attention to the effects of social media and digital technology on global society. His videos on technology, education, and infor-mation have been viewed by millions, translated in over 15 languages, and are frequently featured at international film festivals and major academic conferences worldwide. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities. Wesch is the creator of two popular YouTube videos: “The Machine is Us/ing Us,” which has now been viewed more than 12 million times, and “A Vision of Students Today,” which has had more than 4 million views. Wesch also will meet informally with researchers through-out the day.

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