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A complete history of the MIT Communications Forum is one valuable asset held in the archives of the New Media Museum.

As the first Post Doctoral Associate of MIT’s Comparative Media Studies Program, Mary Hopper served as Managing Editor of the MIT Media in Transition Project. In addition, her duties included helping David Thorburn to run the project’s parent program, the MIT Communications Forum.

A subset of her duties included putting her archival knowledge to work in order to generate a complete history of the forum that, among other things, included all of the posters and summaries of every event that was run by the organization since its inception until the year 2000. Mary Hopper created multiple physical copies of the product of her work and retained one for her portfolio. That copy is now part of the New Media Museum’s collections. An inventory of the contents of the archive will be posted here at a later date.

This is a logo that Mary Hopper helped David Thorburn create while serving as the first Post Doc of Comparative Media Studies at MIT.

Communications Forum Logo
Logo co-designed, David Thorburn and Mary Hopper, 1998

This is a poster that is available to display.

Note: These summaries were written by Mary Hopper near the end of her tenure as a Post Doctoral Associate at MIT in 2000.

“Real Artists Don’t Go to MIT”, February 24, 2000
John Maeda

The Digital Library, April 20, 2000
Clifford Lynch, Deanna Marcum, Ann Wolpert, Marlene Manoff

See also MIT Media in Transition Project Archive

© New Media Museum created by M. E. Hopper