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Civic Café Democracy Dinner: Black Internet Culture & Political Power: Linguistics & Memes

Tuesday, February 6 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Stix House 6470 Forsyth Blvd.

Online culture can be a source of joy, harm, silliness, learning, conflict, and so much more. How do you relate to online culture and how, if at all, does it connect to civic engagement in your experience? How do folks leverage online culture to build community and increase political power, particularly in Black communities and other Communities of Color? 

On Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., the Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is hosting a democracy dinner focused on Black Internet Culture & Political Power. We are honored to have Dr. Raven Maragh-Lloyd, Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Film and Media Studies at Washington University in St. Louis, as our distinguished speaker for the evening. Professor Maragh-Lloyd’s work explores the ways that Black and African American people creatively use media to build community and visibility.  

Join us for a meaningful dialogue and dinner as we explore the following questions and themes: 

  • How do Black and African American communities leverage social media to build community and political power? 
  • How does creative online play and meme culture shape broader discourse and social action? 
  • What are the opportunities, challenges, and simply weird and silly ways online culture connects with civic engagement? 
Event Type

Lectures & Presentations, Seminar/Colloquia


Arts & Culture, Humanities & Society, Campus & Community



Gephardt Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
Event Contact

Scott Allen

Speaker Information

Raven Maragh-Lloyd's research focuses on Black digital media practices and their connections to power, resistance and longstanding efforts of community building and preservation.

Raven Maragh-Lloyd received her Ph.D. in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Iowa in 2018. Her work primarily highlights the ways that Black and African-American publics tap into long existing media channels of communication toward the goals of community and visibility. Her scholarship and teaching centers critical race and gender studies in investigating the social and cultural tools used to challenge established institutions and narratives.

Her first book, Black Networked Resistance: Strategic Rearticulations in the Digital Age (University of California Press) will be published January 2024. In the book, Maragh-Lloyd explores resistance strategies online as a whole story to be told rather than ideologically separate struggles. 

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