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Assistant Professor Alessandra Renzi (center) at “Visualizing for Justice”

CAMD’s Department of Art and Design recently co-hosted an informative and extremely successful visualization event entitled “Visualizing for Justice – Creative, Critical and Contestational Mapping,” which attracted more than 100 participants. Organized by Art and Design/Media and Screen Assistant Professor Alessandra Renzi, in conjunction with Catherine D’Ignatio of Emerson College and Anna Feigenbaum of Bournemouth University, the event explored the use of infographics and data visualizations in response to the rise of Big Data. Promoted by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts (ACLU), the showcase was created in association with the American Association of Geographers subconference.

Throughout the showcase, participants explored a variety of topics related to data visualization, including how visualization impacts data-transparency, civic participation, and more, as well as the challenges surrounding ethics and data visualization. The event consisted of a series of presentations delivered by leading cartographers, journalists, designers and social justice campaigners. These included a presentation on how data visualization impacts youth activism, led by Northeastern’s Andrea Parker, Brooke Foucault Wells and Farnaz Irannejad Bisafar. Event organizer Alessandra Renzi also led a presentation on flooding in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Overall, the event proved to be engaging – and a fascinating exploration of what it means to visualize for justice in today’s media-driven world.

Check out some photos below!

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