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  • Monday, October 17, 2022 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Kelly Writers House Arts Café and on YouTube

Co-sponsored by Creative Ventures, Price Lab for Digital Humanities, and Penn Libraries
Hosted by Whitney Trettien and Amanda Licastro
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Author of Racist Zoombombing, Technopercarious, and Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, Dr. Lisa Nakamura is a preeminent scholar of digital humanities and race and gender studies. As a researcher and scholar of Asian American Studies and digital media theory, Dr. Nakamura will speak about her work on race and gender in online spaces in conversation with Dr. Whitney Trettien and Dr. Amanda Licastro. The conversation will focus on Dr. Nakamura’s work on digital literary studies and representation in Extended Reality. 

Lisa Nakamura is the Gwendolyn Calvert Baker Collegiate Professor of American Culture at the University of Michigan. She is the author of several books on race, gender, and the Internet. She has studied identity tourism in video games and chatrooms, toxic embodiment in virtual reality, and the neglected contributions of women of color to the Internet and digital culture. She is the founding Director of the Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan and the P.I. for the DISCO (Digital Inquiry, Speculation, Collaboration, and Optimism) Network, a Mellon-Foundation funded research group focusing on race, digital technology, and disability. The DISCO Network's new book manuscript, Digital Optimism, will be out sometime next year. Most of her writing is available on her website at