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Claire Potter to discuss social media’s role in academia


INDIANAPOLIS — Social media is playing a crucial role in creating networks of academics across demographic regions, institutional status and fields.

Historian Claire Potter will discuss the role and rules of social media in the careers of activist academics during an Oct. 13 talk at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Potter will present “The University of Facebook” from 11 to noon in Room 268 of the IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd. The talk is presented by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Potter has been professor of history at the New School for Public Engagement in New York since 2012.  Her research interests include political history, feminism, cultural criticism and the digital public sphere. Since 2007, Potter has authored Tenured Radical, now a Chronicle of Higher Education blog. 

Potter is co-editor of “Doing Recent History: On Privacy, Copyright, Video Games, Institutional Review Boards, Activist Scholarship, and History That Talks Back,” a collection of essays. Her most recent book “Bandits, G-Men and the Politics of Mass Culture,” is the first book to look at the structural, legal and cultural aspects of J. Edgar Hoover’s war on crime in the 1930s.

Potter earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Yale University and a doctorate in history from New York University.