This week's In Media Res special theme week is devoted to The Gulf Oil Spill. Here's the line-up:
Monday July 19, 2010 Kevin Sanson (University of Texas at Austin) presents: Feeling Place
Tuesday July 20, 2010 Elizabeth Schwarz (UC Riverside) presents: Cleaning Up the Gulf With Twitter
Wednesday July 21, 2010 Joelle S. Underwood and Janelle A. Schwartz (Loyola University New Orleans) present: Spilling the Story
Thursday July 22, 2010 Carrie Packwood Freeman (Georgia State University) presents: Dawn: The soap that gets us good and greenwashed
Friday July 23, 2010 Shana Heinricy (University of New Mexico) presents: In Need of a Jazz Funeral: Hypermediated Mourning of the Gulf Coast
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