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Social Media in Theory and Praxis: Chris Caruso

In preparation for our upcoming panel discussion “Social Media in Theory and Praxis: What is at Stake Now?” we wanted to highlight panel member Chris Caruso (@chriscaruso718).  He has been recognized as a pioneer in the grassroots use of the Internet and has received numerous grants and fellowships for his work combining technology, education, and anti-poverty organizing.  Chris Caruso was the coordinator of the Program Social Media Fellows (and the Videography Fellows) at the Graduate Center from 2012-2016.  Furthermore, Chris developed Professor David Harvey’s social media presence.  David Harvey now has more than 87 thousand followers on twitter. Chris is responsible for the foundation and model by which the Program Social Media Fellows operate today.  We owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his work in Digital Initiatives at CUNY in general.

Chris received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.Phil. from The Graduate Center, City University of New York and is currently finishing his Doctorate in Cultural Anthropology at The Graduate Center, City University of New York. He now works at as a research analyst at Thoughtworks which is a company of over 4500 people spread across 42 offices in 15 countries whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change.  It provides software design and delivery, and pioneering tools and consulting services.

Chris’s scholarly and professional interests including leveraging information technology to assist and encourage grassroots anti-poverty initiatives by training organizations to use the Internet to build capacity, create networks of support and broadcast the voices of poor people.  In doing so he has trained dozens of community organizations, social movements, NGOs, trade unions, and foundations across the United States, as well as in Brazil, Canada, Germany, Mexico, South Africa, and Thailand.

We look forward to hearing his insights during the panel discussion and hope you will join us!

Want more Chris!? Check out these Chris Caruso resources:



Social Media…What’s at Stake Now?

You are invited to attend a very special event organized by us, GC’s Program Social Media Fellows!

Social Media in Theory & Praxis: What’s at Stake Now?

Use of digital platforms and tools like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and Google has indelibly altered cultural production, political processes, economic activity, and individual habits. This event is a presentation and panel discussion on several pressing issues in social media and digital literacy featuring five invited scholars, organized and moderated by the Graduate Center Program Social Media Fellows. The speakers bring expertise in a range of timely topics including: grassroots use of the Internet, feminism, open source project development, labor, appropriation, peer production, virtuality, networked cameras, and big cultural data analysis.
Invited speakers include:
Chris Caruso, PhD candidate in Anthropology (GC, CUNY)
Sumana Harihareswara, Founder and Principal of Changeset Consulting
Michael Mandiberg, Professor of Media Culture (CSI, CUNY) & Coordinator of the ITP Certificate Program (GC, CUNY)
Laura Pavón, PhD candidate in Latin American, Iberian and Latino Cultures (GC, CUNY)
Alise Tifentale, PhD candidate in Art History (GC, CUNY)
Moderated by:
Naomi Barrettara, PSMF Coordinator & Fellow for Music
Jennifer Stoops, Fellow for Urban Education
All are welcome to attend! #digitalGC #SMcrit
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue
April 18, 2018: 6:30 PM
Digital Initiatives at GC, CUNY
The Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program, GC, CUNY
The Center for the Humanities, GC, CUNY
The Futures Initiative, GC, CUNY
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