Food for Thought: Daniel Adams & Meryl Alper

Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation

Food for Thought: Daniel Adams & Meryl Alper

Tue, Feb 28, 2017 12:00 pm-1:00 pm Ryder Hall 235 Free
Artist Talk, Conversation, Presentation Tue, Feb 28, 2017
12:00 pm-1:00 pm Ryder Hall 235 Free

Join faculty colleagues to discuss topical issues in arts, media and design. This session features brief faculty research presentations by Dan Adams (Architecture) and Meryl Alper (Communication Studies) followed by open dialog between the audience, presenters and session curators. Meryl Alper will discuss her ongoing fieldwork on the opportunities and challenges that media and technology present to autistic youth and their families in the digital age. Enjoy local food and conversation to inform and inspire interdisciplinary scholarship and creative activities at the nexus of research and practice.

Lunch will be Served

The colloquium series aims to nurture the intellectual community of CAMD faculty and is curated by Matthew McDonald, Associate Professor of Music and John Wihbey, Assistant Professor of Journalism.


Ryder Hall 235

Dan Adams

Associate Professor, School of Architecture

Dan founded Landing Studio in 2005. Landing Studio is a design and planning practice that develops tactics for positively integrating active global industries into their local contexts. Since 2004, Landing Studio has worked on projects with port facilities and communities in Boston and New York through the design of headquarters buildings, port infrastructure, demolition plans, shared industrial/public park landscapes, light installations, festivals, museum exhibitions, and industrial/community operations agreements. Research includes the study of port facilities, ocean transport, mining operations, and industrial ecologies around the world.

From 2006-2007 Dan co-taught design studios at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design on the topic of mixed maritime industrial and urban development in the port of Belfast, N. Ireland.

Dan has a BSArch from the University of Michigan, and an MArch from Harvard University, where he received the AIA Medal, and Kelly Thesis Prize, as well as the Druker Research Fellowship; for ongoing research studying global production and transport of salt and the unique integration of this industry with communities and ecology.

Meryl Alper

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Meryl Alper is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Northeastern University and a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University.

Dr. Alper studies and teaches about the social implications of communication technologies, with a focus on youth and families, disability, and mobile media. Her research questions center around how young people whom society largely considers lacking in social and/or language skills due to their disabilities challenge and complicate dominant conceptions and theories of sociality and communication through their media and technology practices.

She is the author of Digital Youth with Disabilities (MIT Press, 2014) and Giving Voice: Mobile Communication, Disability, and Inequality (MIT Press, 2017), a book which critically examines the idea that technologies “give voice to the voiceless” through the lens of disability. Dr. Alper’s work has appeared in journals such as New Media & SocietyInternational Journal of Communication, and IEEE Annals of the History of Computing. Her research has received press coverage from such publications as The Atlantic and Wired.