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Henry Jenkins on Fan Activism and the Civic Imagination

On May 27th, distinguished media theorist Henry Jenkins (USC) was the final speaker in this year's series, discussing notions of the "civic imagination" and transmedia storytelling. This draws on his recent work exploring how activists are tapping into popular culture in new ways (as well as the infrastructure and traditions of fandom) as part of what we Jenkins calls the "Civic Imagination," where cultural objects like Superman, The Walking Dead, Harry Potter, and Hunger Games are being transformed into resources for social change.