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Humanics in Media & Technology: Humanics, Fab Labs, and Collective Response

The College of Arts, Media and Design (CAMD) welcomes Phyllis Klein, co-founder and Director of Fab Lab DC, as the second speaker in the Humanics in Media & Technology lecture series hosted by the Media Studios Organization (MSO).

With the arrival of the COVID19 pandemic, our sense of global interconnectedness and our direct impact on the environment has been brought to the fore. In this lecture, Phyllis will explore how municipalities across the country will test ‘re-opening,’ and the big question that looms:

Will we be able to maintain awareness of our inter-reliance and act accordingly, rather than slip back into oblivious routines of consumption?

Reflecting on her experiences in the Fab Lab and with the Global Fab Lab Network, Phyllis will explore the creativity, invention, discovery, and knowledge-sharing that are at the heart of ‘Fab’ culture, and the powerful potential of local and global networks to bring people together.

In order to receive the Zoom access information for this lecture please RSVP below by Wednesday, June 10, at 12 p.m. We will circulate the event access information at that time.

About the Speaker:

Phyllis Klein is co-founder of Fab Lab DC, an independent, non-profit, digital fabrication lab in Washington, DC.  Fab Lab DC creates opportunities by offering workshops, exhibitions, events, and speaker series; and connecting people to an international network of Fab Labs. Phyllis served on the steering committee to establish the International Fab Lab Association and as a member of the support team for Fab Foundation and Fab Academy. She collaborates with the Fab Foundation and MIT to support and advance the global Fab Lab Network.

About the Lecture Series:

How do Humanics – the integration of technical abilities, data evaluation, and human disciplines (creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, empathy, and cultural agility) – influence our work in media and technology?  In this lecture series, we will explore how makerspaces, audio production studios, and immersive media labs are being shaped by growing pressures to build skills to keep ourselves relevant alongside rapid advances in media and technology.

Following three different trajectories: Rick Anderson, Director of Virtual Worlds at Rutgers University; Phyllis Klein of Fab Lab DC; and Rob Jaczko, Chair of Music Production and Engineering at Berklee, we will discuss transformations in our current educational practices to stay in step with lifelong learning and a Humanics-centric education.