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Digital Animus In The Age Of Liberation With Jodi Byrd On Thursday's Access Utah

Cornell University

Jodi Byrd joined Tom Williams to discuss the next lecture in the USU College of Humanities’ Tanner Talks series: “Digital Animus in the Age of Liberation.”

Jodi A. Byrd is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma and associate professor of English and Gender and Women’s Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she works on critical Indigenous studies, queer Indigenous studies, and critical technology studies. Her talk examines the videogame “Assassin’s Creed III: Liberation” to explore how this media illuminates the complex dynamics of empire, settler colonialism, and Indigenous dispossession.

Tom Williams worked as a part-time UPR announcer for a few years and joined Utah Public Radio full-time in 1996. He is a proud graduate of Uintah High School in Vernal and Utah State University (B. A. in Liberal Arts and Master of Business Administration.) He grew up in a family that regularly discussed everything from opera to religion to politics. He is interested in just about everything and loves to engage people in conversation, so you could say he has found the perfect job as host “Access Utah.” He and his wife Becky, live in Logan.