A lecture by Mara Mills, Associate Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, who works at the intersection of disability studies and media studies. Her book "On the Phone: Hearing Loss and Communication Engineering" (forthcoming from Duke University Press) argues the significance of phonetics and deaf education to the emergence of “communication engineering” in early twentieth-century telephony. This concept and set of practices later gave rise to information theory, digital coding, and cybernetics — along with new electroacoustic tools and a revised understanding of human speech and hearing.
Part of the LITS’ speaker series on information and technology issues affecting society at large.
Thursday, April 16 at 4:30pm to 6:00pm