Stanley Aronowitz

The Folly of the Technological Fix

Stanley Aronowitz will speak on the folly of the technological fix: open source is a good thing, not a panacea; distance learning loses more than it offers.

Aronowitz will focus, however, on the urgent need for critical theory of the media, treating it as a legitimate field for a wide variety of fields, e.g. humanities such as philosophy and literature, social studies such as sociology, anthropology, psychology and political science. We need more work on the political economy of the media, and dissemination of its results. In addition, media studies should be installed at every level of the curriculum including the Ph.D. programs.

Stanley Aronowitz was born in 1933 and grew up in the Bronx, New York City. He attended Brooklyn College until he was suspended for leading a sit-in in the Dean’s office to protest the suppression of the radical student newspaper. After leaving school he became a steelworker and then a union organizer for the Amalgamated Clothing Workers (now UNITE) and the Oil, Chemical and Atomic Workers.
Aronowitz received his B.A. from the New School in 1968 and became associate director of the anti-poverty organization Mobilization for Youth, where he was also a community organizer. In the early `70s he founded Park East High School in East Harlem, the first post-war experimental public high school in New York City, and taught community studies at the College of Staten Island. He has since taught at the University of California Irvine, the Center for Worker Education at City College of the City University of New York, and CUNY Graduate Center, where he is currently Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Urban Education.

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Ben Chang (Moderator)

Ben Chang is an electronic artist based in Chicago, working with interactive media ranging from virtual reality to collaborative hacking performances.  He is an Asssistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he teaches courses in interactive art.

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