Presented by bloggers Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez and Michelle Gonzalez
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 6:30-8 p.m.
In this show-and-tell presentation of some of the digital tricks of the contemporary writer’s trade, we’ll explore the impetus—both personal and professional—behind blogging, as well as the relative merits of popular platforms like WordPress and Tumblr; the whys and wherefores of social media networking on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other similar sites; and new directions in video logging and film clips through YouTube. If you’ve ever wondered what all the fuss with digital media is about, this is your opportunity to find out more! No experience necessary.
Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez teaches comparative literature, media studies, human rights, and gender studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock and directs the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers. For the past decade she has organized an annual conference in observance of International Women’s Day, and she has combined activism and scholarship with her two edited collections, Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America and the Caribbean (South End Press, 2004), and African Women Writing Resistance: Contemporary Voices (University of Wisconsin Press, 2010). She is the author of many articles exploring the nexus of politics and poetics in world literature by women, including, most recently, “The Politics and Poetics of Global Feminist Alliance; Or, Why I Teach Such Depressing Books” (in Educating Outside the Lines: Bard College at Simon’s Rock on a ‘New Pedagogy’ for the Twenty-First Century, ed. Nancy Yanoshak; Peter Lang, 2011). She blogs at Transition Times (http://bethechange2012.wordpress.com).
Michelle Gonzalez is a senior at Bard College at Simon’s Rock currently writing her senior thesis on body politics, queer identity, and the right to appear in public spaces; she is also passionate about reproductive rights and other LGBTQ issues. Michelle is the blog supervisor for Paradigm Shift NYC, manages her own feminist blog, does social media for the Amber Chand Women’s Peace Collection, and aspires to become a “professional feminist.” http://mylifeasafeminista.tumblr.com/