It’s a new academic session at Emerson College and the Media Design 2021–2022 cohort has been busy settling into the new post-pandemic academic routines here at our Engagement Lab. This year, we have students coming from all over the world joining us.

Xufan Hu, originally from China, is a media…


On August 11th, the 2021 Cohort conducted their virtual thesis defenses. They’d spent the past year attending zoom classes, virtually collaborating with community partners on their ideas, and it all culminated in civic designs that highlight what the Media Design Program is all about. Presenting their ideas in a virtual…


Facial recognition technology is something that’s been a contentious point of discussion over previous years due to its utilization and the communities it impacts. Numerous bills have been brought before state and national legislatures to consider banning the use of this software in light of recent reports that have shown…


Media can connect people, drive social change, and help bring about equitable futures. But how can just being connected with people accomplish this? What sort of impact can it have as we strive towards more equitable futures? …


With the advent of Web 2.0 and now exacerbated by Covid19, digital organizing has become increasingly central to federal, state and local campaigns. However, it is digital organizing’s global beginnings and reach that makes it so effective. …


From the earliest days of Emerson College’s Engagement Lab, we have focused on the cross-pollination of ideas and the cultivation of partnerships between higher education institutions and organizations on the ground. The Civic Media: Art and Practice graduate program, which has now become the Media Design program, brought these partnerships…


Merriam-Webster defines pedagogy as the art, science, or profession of teaching. When considering the act of teaching, many may not think of it as an art or science, but the Emerson College Engagement Lab would like to play a part in changing this perception. …


Every year, Americans are impacted by gun violence in a variety of ways. Whether it be interpersonal violence, mass shootings, or in other forms, gun violence continues to appear in our communities and our news cycles. According to Everytown for Gun Safety, more than 230 Americans are shot and wounded…


It is safe to say that 2020 has been a year filled with lessons. Lessons on our vulnerability as human beings as well as on our hidden inner strengths. 2020 has been the year of utter chaos, the year that the sudden outbreak of COVID-19 forced us into adopting new…

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