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February 24, 2015
Lecture at Staten Island College
Staten Island, New York, NY, 4:30p

March 10, 2015
Think Outside the Boss: Cooperative Alternatives to the Sharing Economy
With Trebor Sholz, Sarah Horowitz and others
Civic Hall

New York, NY

April 6, 2015
Digital Media Environment
Middle Tennessee University
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, 7pm

April 11, 2015
New Jersey Communications Association Convention Keynote
St. Peters University
Jersey City, New Jersey

April 17, 2015
PSFK 2015
Present Shock - the followup
New York City

April 28, 2015
Transforming Media: New Realities of the Digital Age
Always On: Social Media as Social Programming
Davis Auditorium, University of Denver

May 15, 2015
Hilton Head Institute
Present Shock conversation, Douglas Rushkoff & Amber Case
Hilton Head, NC




dr. DR

This is what a dissertation defense ceremony looks like in Utrecht, Holland, where it is conducted pretty much the same way as it was in the 1100's. I was honored by an illustrious panel of professors who flew in from across Europe to challenge my critique of corporatism as a media environment. It was at once loving and adversarial, and a conversation for which I am truly a richer person and deeper thinker. 

Thanks especially to Prof.dr. Frank Kessler, Prof.dr. Joost Raessens, and Dr. Mirko Schaefer, who were my proponents, as well as my worthy opponents, Prof.dr. William Uricchio (MIT-Utrecht University), Prof.dr. Frans Mayra (University of Tampere, Finland), Prof.dr. Ben Schouten (University of Technology, Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Prof.dr. Jeroen Jansz (Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands) and Prof.dr. Christoph Bieber (University of Duisburg-Essen Germany). 

If anyone is considering a Masters or PhD in new media studies, digital culture, or games and playability, you probably won't find a better or more beautiful place to study than The Center for the Study of Digital Culture, Games and Play at Utrecht University. 

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