InfoTechWarPeace
Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University
 Dream Games

Dreams, prophesies, myths and visions have a long history of both justifying wars (on religious, ethnic, racial, tribal, cultural, ideological grounds) and providing visions of peace. Their codification, systematization, and propagation have used the dominant media technologies of their times, from word of mouth through clay tablets and inscriptions, manuscripts and books, radio, film, and television, to the digital media of today. We live now in an era of rapid globalization and instantaneous Internet discourse, in which the dissemination of dreams and counter-dreams occurs instantly, universally, and massively.

What are some common dreams, prophesies and myths, ancient and contemporary, that shape our lives in a globalizing world? Where do these stories come from and in whose interest are they propagated? If we do a Google search, will we get the answer?

 Moderator: Robert Coover, Brown University



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Robert Coover is Brown's T. B. Stowell University Professor, who is currently teaching on electronic writing and mixed media. Coover's first novel, The Origin of the Brunists, won the 1966 William Faulkner Award. His writings include the collection of short fiction, Pricksongs and Descants; a collection of plays, A Theological Position; and such novels as The Public Burning, Spanking the Maid, Gerald's Party, Pinocchio in Venice, John's Wife, Ghost Town, and Briar Rose.
 Moderator: Ben Mauer, Brown University
Ben Mauer is the web designer/administrator of InfoTechWarPeace. He graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, in 2002, and continues to engage in radical approaches to media literacy, production, and dissemination. His past experiences include developing and maintaining the website for the Five College Program in Peace and World Security Studies at Hampshire and stints at Wired Digital in San Francisco and various ad agencies.
 Chris Jocks, Dartmouth College


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Christopher Ronwaniente Jocks is assistant professor of religion and Native American studies at Dartmouth College. His roots are in the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, as well as clan O'Donoghue. He has published on indigenous epistemology and the epistemology of religious appropriation, the effects of language loss and translation on indigenous understanding, and on indigenous traditions of masculinity. He is currently working on two book manuscripts on the contemporary thought and practice in Native North America.
 John Santos, writer


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John Phillip Santos is an author and television producer living in New York City. Santos is currently working on a book, The Farthest Home is in an Empire of Fire, and developing a multimedia performance project. After producing numerous documentaries and news broadcasts for CBS and PBS, he was program officer for media at the Ford Foundation for the last six years.
 Jorge Reina Schement, Pennsylvania State University


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Jorge Reina Schement, a professor of telecommunications at Pennsylvania State University, researches the social and policy consequences of information production and consumption, and policy as it relates to ethnic minorities. Schement's book credits include Global Networks (1999), Tendencies and Tensions of the Information Age (1995), Toward an Information Bill of Rights and Responsibilities (1995), Between Communication and Information (1993), and Competing Visions, Complex Realities: Social Aspects of the Information Society (1988).
  

 

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