GMTaC Director Lisa Parks Delivers Lecture at University of Montana

Published on March 14th, 2019


University of Montana alumna and 2018 MacArthur Fellow Dr. Lisa Parks will present at UM on Wednesday, March 13, as part of the Global Public Health Lecture Series.

Parks will present a lecture titled “How Information Technologies Impact Quality of Life in Africa: Rethinking Dominant Assumptions” at 6:30 p.m. in Gallagher Business Building Room 123.

Parks is a professor of comparative media studies and director of the Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work explores the global reach of information technology infrastructure and the cultural, political and humanitarian implications of the flow of information. Her research seeks to understand how media systems can inform and assist citizens, scholars and policymakers in the U.S. and abroad in advancing campaigns for technological literacy, creative expression, social justice and human rights.

The MacArthur Fellowship, informally known as the “Genius Grant,” is a no-strings-attached award given to talented and creative individuals who have shown “extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction,” according to the MacArthur Foundation. “The MacArthur Fellows Program is intended to encourage people of outstanding talent to pursue their own creative, intellectual and professional inclinations.”

The Global Public Health Lecture Series features health professionals speaking about topics that are relevant to understanding some of the world’s most pressing global issues and is free and open to the public. It is co-hosted by UM’s Global Public Health minor and the Institute of Health and Humanities. The lectures will be recorded and made available by Missoula Community Access Television (MCAT) as part of a Media Assistance grant donated by MCAT. The complete lecture series schedule is available at

For additional information call Kelly Yarns, program coordinator, at 406-270-0869 or email, or call Peter Koehn, program director, at 406-243-5294 or email Learn more about the Global Public Health program at