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GAZETTE: PHD student Benny Shaffer is featured in an article about the Critical Media Practice Program

May 2, 2019
"Long interested in video and film, Benny Shaffer, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in anthropology, came to Harvard to take advantage of the creative opportunities afforded by the CMP program, where “theory and practice,” he said “are always overlapping.”

Shaffer’s looping video of a Uyghur tightrope walker titled “Elsewhere” incorporates video he shot on location with news and surveillance footage. The piece is a vivid window into Shaffer’s doctoral work, which explores video as a medium in China and its various roles in the country’s entertainment industry and art world. “By...

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Professor Jason Ur scanned declassified Cold War-era U2 spy plane images to reveal ancient sites

Professor Jason Ur scanned declassified Cold War-era U2 spy plane images to reveal ancient sites

May 1, 2019

 

"[A] new study, published March 12 in the journal Advances in Archaeological Practice, [...] used the black-and-white images to get an unprecedented look at Bronze Age villages and 3,000-year-old irrigation canals in southern Iraq, and prehistoric walled structures known as "desert kites" that were used as hunting traps in eastern Jordan.

The photos taken by the U-2 spy planes capture objects on the ground with remarkable detail even though their cameras were routinely used at altitudes as high as 70,000 feet — almost twice as high as commercial...

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Shuang Frost

Shuang Frost named a 2019 Harvard Horizons Scholar

February 13, 2019

PhD candidate Shuang Frost was named a 2019 Harvard Horizons Scholar for her project entitled "The Moral Values of Platform Based Governance". Each Year, PhD candidates are chosen by the Harvard Horizons Faculty Fellows to receive in-depth, personalized mentoring and coaching designed to enhance their presentation skills. The program culminates in a symposium, which will be held on April 10, 2019, at 4:30 p.m. in Sanders Theatre.

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