Lalitha Vasudevan wears many hats at Teachers College, Columbia University. She is a faculty member in the Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design program, as well as a director of the Media and Social Change Lab (MASCLab), the Center for Multiple Languages and Literacies, and the Civic Participation Project, all at Teachers College. Alongside a dozen articles and book chapters she has published two books: Arts, Media, and Justice: Multimodal Explorations with Youth and Media, Learning, and Sites of Possibility, both of which explore the intersections of youth, media, and education. Lalitha is currently writing a book, and conducting many studies, focusing on these intersections with court-involved youth. More colloquially speaking, she’s known among TC students as a professor you want to work with before you graduate.
Lalitha came to the Smith Learning Theater as part of MASCLab’s Podfest. Students and faculty at MASCLab showcased their newly minted podcast episodes to members of the community, exhibiting not only their finished products, but a behind-the-scenes look at the production process as well. Engaging in a participatory listening experience, Podfest participants were encouraged to interact with the podcasts through activities for giving feedback and creating their own media in response. The goal was to kindle an interactive exchange of ideas regarding all things podcast so that MASCLab members and other Podfest participants could leave feeling excited to take on new audio storytelling journeys.Music: By Grace by Podington Bear