The Arts + Design Initiative is sponsoring three upcoming programs in mid-April and May, all of which focus role of the media and cultural criticism in today’s politically charged climate. These programs, as part of The Future of Cultural Criticism series, will feature some of the most innovative and incisive commentators (and Cal alumni) on culture, with a focus on the expansion of cultural criticism into new media, genres, and approaches.

Sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Arts + Design Initiative, the Arts Research Center, Digital Humanities, and Art of Writing.

Cultural Criticism in the Age of YouTube | Tiffany Shlain, Rolla Selbak, and George Strompolos
Monday, April 17, 2017, 6:30 pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Theater

Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain is a Cal alumna and founder of the Webby Awards, the leading international prize for excellence on the internet. She co-founded the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

Rolla Selbak is a filmmaker whose credits include the acclaimed feature film Three Veils, which examines arranged marriage, homosexuality, and love within Muslim-American culture. She is also creator of the virally popular Web series Kiss Her I’m Famous.

George Strompolos is a Cal alum and founder and CEO of the pioneering digital media company Fullscreen. Prior to founding Fullscreen, George co-created the YouTube Partner Program while working for Google.

Radio, Podcast, and Contemporary Cultural Criticism | John Horn and Glynn Washington
Monday, April 24, 2017, 6:30 pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Theater

John Horn is a Cal alum and host of KPCC’s The Frame, a daily arts and entertainment program. He has covered culture for nearly 30 years, including serving for over a decade at the Los Angeles Times as lead writer on the film industry.

Glynn Washington is host and executive producer of Snap Judgment on National Public Radio. The show’s podcasts have received widespread acclaim, with the episode “Unforgiven” named by the Atlantic as one of the 50 best podcast episodes of 2015.

Laura Sydell is the Digital Culture correspondent for, All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Weekend Edition. Over her career, she has covered arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship.

The Future of Media in the Trump Era | Dave Pell and Friends
Monday, May 1, 2017, 6:30 pm, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive Theater

Dave Pell is a writer, angel investor, and founder of Next Draft, based in the Bay Area. He has degrees from both UC Berkeley and Harvard University and has written for numerous media sites, including Wired, NPR, Medium, and Forbes.