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Faculty Focus

The Professor: Negar Mottahedeh

The Course: Social Media and Social Movements

 

The Department of Humanities and Media Studies in the School of Liberal Arts and Sciences (SLAS) will offer a master’s program in media studies, the Institute’s first master of arts degree program and SLAS’s first graduate program. New York State granted the Institute permission to offer M.A. programs, and SLAS will spend next year recruiting students for a first entering class in the fall of 2013.

Among the professors who will teach in the master's program is Negar Mottahedeh, who joins Pratt's Humanities and Media Studies department in the School of Liberal Arts this fall. Until the program starts she will teach in the undergraduate program. 

The course she developed, Social Media and Social Movements, examines how Twitter and other social media outlets are fueling social movements. Click the video below to hear about the recent uprising in Iran, where Twitter was a major factor.

Text and Production: Abigail Beshkin
Video: Jonathan Weitz