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Fox Harrell on Computational Narrative for Empowerment and Expression

Venue: Black Community Services Center, Brandon Room, Stanford main campus.

Hosts: Stanford's Research Institute of Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Program in African and African American Studies.

Speaker: Fox Harrell, Associate Professor of Digital Media in the Comparative Media Studies Program and the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at MIT. He is also Director of MIT's Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory and a 2014-15 Fellow at Stanford's Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

Fox Harrell's research explores the use of the computer for creative expression, cultural analysis, and social empowerment. In this talk, Harrell focuses on platforms for developing interactive multimedia narratives implemented in his research group, MIT's Imagination, Computation, and Expression Laboratory. He will discuss specific uses of platforms, including interactive video where user inputs from diverse perspectives drive the generation of story versions, interactive narrative animation where users' gestures drive how a story unfolds, and computer games that model racial discrimination. These systems share the aim of using computational media to empower and challenge users to critically engage phenomena such as social categorization, marginalization, and privilege.

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