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November 6, 2008

UW Bothell celebrates new Cultural Studies Program with guest lecturer Toby Miller

UW Bothell will celebrate the fall 2008 launch of its Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS) Program with guest lecturer Toby Miller from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the North Creek Events Center.


Miller will present Green Cultural Citizenship: A Future for Cultural Studies, an examination of the limitations in how cultural citizenship is theorized in cultural and media studies. In his lecture, Miller will discuss a “green” model of cultural citizenship, one that places demands for more media, speech and publicity in the context of the disastrous environmental impact of an emphasis on growth as an end in itself.


Miller is a professor of media and cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. He serves as the editor and co-editor, respectively, of the journals Television & New Media and Social Identities. His recent books include Cultural Policy, co-authored with George Yudice (2002); Cultural Citizenship: Cosmopolitanism, Consumerism, and Television in a Neoliberal Age (2006); and Makeover Nation: The United States of Reinvention (2008).


In addition to celebrating the launch of the MACS Program, the lecture is part of the 2008-09 “New Formations of Cultural Studies” series, a project related to the ongoing regional work of the Cultural Studies Praxis Collective. “New Formations of Cultural Studies” is sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Program at UW Bothell.


The MACS Program is the first graduate program in the Pacific Northwest, and one of the very few programs nationally, to partner the interdisciplinary study of art and culture with a community-based learning network. It offers an integrative approach to the study of culture across diverse locations, preparing students for careers in social, cultural and arts fields or for further interdisciplinary graduate education across the arts, humanities and social and natural sciences.


The program is currently accepting applications for its 2009 cohort and invites all interested prospective students to an information session on Nov. 20. For additional information about MACS or the launch event, contact Lisa Olason, 425-352-3136.