As part of the DeRoy Lecture Series, Dr. Beth Coleman will give a talk entitled “Hello Avatar!: Virtual Communities and Networked Subjects” on Friday, April 18, at noon, in the English Department Seminar Room (10302, 5057 Woodward). Dr. Coleman is a professor in Writing and Humanistic Studies and Comparative Media Studies at MIT. Her research interests include virtual world design and use, networked subjectivity, global media emergence and practice in China, India and Africa, contemporary art and technology, and critical history of race and technology. For excerpts from her forthcoming book, Hello Avatar: A Virtual World Primer and other publications, see her website. She blogs on emergent media practices at projectgoodluck.com. This event is co-sponsored by the Digital Humanities Working Group.