Canceled - In Conversation: Mapping Untold Stories

Saturday, April 25, 2–3:30 pm | James Moore Theater
Saturday, April 25, 2020 - 2:00pm

As part of OMCA's new exhibition, You Are Here: California Stories on the Map, consider the ways in which invisible patterns and powers are made real on maps in this special program. How do maps help tell under-told stories? How does collecting data enable us to understand the histories of oppression and imbalance of power? What do maps help reveal for future generations?

Join the conversation with Liam O’Donoghue, host and producer of acclaimed podcast East Bay Yesterday, Jenny Odell, multi-disciplinary artist and author of How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, Alexis Madrigal, journalist and staff writer at The Atlantic, and Dr. Brandi Thompson Summers, assistant professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. The program will be moderated by You Are Here guest curator, Sarah Seiter.

After the program Jenny Odell will hold a  book signing of The New York Times Best Seller How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy. Liam O’Donoghue will be available to sign copies of his Long Lost Oakland map.

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Dr. Brandi Thompson Summers
Dr. Brandi Thompson Summers is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Global Metropolitan Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research explores themes that cut across multiple domains of social life, including urban geography, urban sociology, African American studies, and media studies. Her current book project, tentatively titled Routes of Race, Resistance, and the Geographies of Belonging in Oakland, California, is an interdisciplinary study that examines representations and experiences of space, place, and landscape in Oakland across historical contexts.


Alexis Madrigal
Alexis Madrigal is a journalist based in Oakland and a staff writer at The Atlantic. Previously, he was the editor-in-chief of Univision's Fusion and and a staff writer at Wired. He's been a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Technology, Science, and Medicine, as well as the Information School at UC Berkeley. He is currently working on a book about Oakland, Silicon Valley, and racial capitalism in urban America.



Jenny Odell
Jenny Odell is a  multi-disciplinary artist and writer based in Oakland. Her work generally involves acts of close observation, whether it's birdwatching, collecting screen shots, or trying to parse bizarre forms of e-commerce. One of her favorite projects is The Bureau of Suspended Objects, a searchable online archive of 200 objects salvaged from the San Francisco dump, each with photographs and painstaking research into its material, corporate, and manufacturing histories. In 2019, she published her New York Times bestselling book How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy, by Melville House in 2019.  Jenny’s piece Parking, Oakland is in the exhibition You Are Here: California Stories on the Map.

Liam O’Donoghue
Liam O’Donoghue is the host and producer of the East Bay Yesterday podcast and co-creator of the Long Lost Oakland map, which is featured in the exhibition You Are Here: California Stories on the Map. Since 2016, this independently-produced series has explored stories of culture, politics and nature from Oakland, Berkeley and other towns throughout Alameda and Contra Costa counties. O’Donoghue has written for many media outlets and gives local history tours and presentations at institutions throughout the Bay Area.



Sarah Seiter
Sarah Seiter is an exhibit developer and curator in Oakland. Her work is grounded in the belief that science can be a foundation for change and a way of empowering people. She is currently the Lead Content Developer for Nobel Prize-winning physicist Saul Permutter at U.C. Berkeley where she creates materials for teaching scientific reasoning. Prior to that, she served as the Associate Curator of Natural Sciences at the Oakland Museum of California for nearly six years, where she created award-winning exhibitions showcasing socially relevant science issues, such marijuana policy, urban agriculture, land use, and most recently, maps.