Mar 7

New Work Summit 2017

  • The Ritz Carlton Half Moon Bay

The nature of work is changing at a blinding clip — hierarchies are being upended, the battle for top talent is intense, and winning leaders know that a strong and effective culture of teamwork is their most crucial competitive advantage.

Join senior New York Times journalists for the New Work Summit, a new kind of conference that brings together a collection of brilliant minds — from top C.E.O.s to neuroscientists, from tech stars to organizational psychologists and other experts — to share research, insights and strategies for building the teams of the future. Designed for decision-makers, the summit is interactive and grounded in concrete ideas, science and real-world applications, not theory, to enable you to refine your leadership toolkit and build a network of like-minded leaders.

View the agenda and speakers from our 2016 New Work Summit here.

7:00 pm19:00

The Future of Cultural Criticism: On Technology, Race and Popular Culture

  • Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive

Jenna Wortham writes about technology and culture for the New York Times. Her criticism—which also engages with issues of race and sexuality in music, film, and other forms of popular media—has appeared in the Awl, Bust, Vogue, and other publications.

Nadia Ellis, associate professor of English at UC Berkeley, specializes in African diasporic, Caribbean, and postcolonial literatures and cultures. She is the author of Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora, and has published essays on popular culture, performance, and music.

This event is part of The Future of Cultural Criticism, a series featuring some of the most innovative and incisive commentators on culture, with a focus on the expansion of cultural criticism into new media, genres, and approaches. Sponsored by the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the Arts + Design Initiative, the Arts Research Center, Digital Humanities, and the Art of Writing program at UC Berkeley.

More info and tickets here!

7:00 pm19:00


  • NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts

Join us for an evening of spirited conversation, and an opportunity to bid a final farewell to the twenty-something foursome that broke the mold and revolutionized the portrayal of on-screen female characters, moderated by yours truly.

Tickets and more info here!

Nov 19

Black Portraiture[s] III: South Africa

  • Johannesburg, South Africa

BLACK PORTRAITURE[S] III: The African Influence is the seventh conference in a series of conversations about imaging the black body. It offers a forum that gives artists, activists, and scholars from around the world an opportunity to share ideas from historical topics to current research on the 40th anniversary of Soweto. Presenters will engage a range of topics such as Biennales, the Africa Perspective in the Armory Show, the global art market, politics, tourism, sites of memory, Afrofuturism, fashion, dance, music, film, art, and photography. 

Jun 8


  • Yale University

Jenna Wortham is guest-lecturing for THREAD at Yale, a gathering of professional journalists and storytellers that does not care whether you work in print, video, audio, photography, or some form we haven’t even thought of yet. Apply now!

12:00 pm12:00

Seven on Seven: Junglepussy & Jennydeluxe

  • New Museum

Presented by Rhizome, the Seven on Seven conference pairs seven leading artists with seven luminary technologists, and challenges them to make something new together – be it an application, artwork, provocation, or whatever they imagine. They unveil their creations, and discuss their process, at this intimate public event. More information here!


Facets 2016
May 8

Facets 2016

  • 2 MetroTech Center Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States

Art, interactive technology, new media and game design are making innovative, beautiful things and are using similar tools and having similar, ground breaking discoveries and conversations but not with each other. 

Saturday, May 7 at 2PM - Tumblr and Art Appropriation moderated by Caroline Sinders with Jenna Wortham, Kimberly Drew, and Dorothy Santos.

Saturday, May 7 at 5PM - When Civic Good and Hacking Go Awry Jenna Wortham, April Glaser, and Sha Hwang, An Xiao Mina

Tickets available HERE


12:00 pm12:00

How to Speak Emoji

  • Chicago Humanities Festival

In 2015, for the first time ever, the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year was not a word at all, but an emoji: &1F602; officially called the "Face with Tears of Joy". The surge in the use of emojis is changing how we communicate at the intersection of language and technology. Join the conversation between two experts: Fred Benenson, who has translated Melville’s classic novel Moby Dick into emojis, and New York Times technology reporter Jenna Wortham. More info here!

4:30 pm16:30

#BlackLivesMatter: In Conversation with Alicia Garza

  • 12 S. Michigan Ave Chicago, IL 60603

Alicia Garza, co-creator of #BlackLivesMatter and Special Projects Director for the National Domestic Workers Alliance, represents a new school of activism focused on combating state-sanctioned anti-Black violence. Garza's movement challenges us to celebrate the contributions of Black queer women's work within popular narratives of Black movements and reminds us that while hoodies may have replaced berets, the Black radical tradition is long, complex, and international, and continues with the youth activists of today. Join us for this important conversation with Jenna Wortham on the style and progress of today’s activism. RSVP here!

6:00 pm18:00

Theorizing the Web 2016

  • Museum of the Moving Image

Stories are one of our first technologies. They are a means of collective memory storage that propel ideas forward in time and outward to new communities. Stories not only tell us what has been, they also help us imagine what could be. On the web, the scope of that collective memory increases and the relationships among stories, their tellers, and audiences are redefined. A complex social life plays out on our little screens, refracting and feeding into the stories told on the big screen. How will compelling, timeless narratives be told through timelines, threads, and selfies, and videos? Are algorithms already our best authors and editors? Rather than focus solely on perennial questions about the always imminent death of media forms and institutions, this panel explores how the web changes the stories we tell and how we tell them. Alexandra KleemanAles KotLaurie PennyJenna Wortham & Natasha Lennard. Moderated by David A. Banks

 RSVP here!

4:00 pm16:00

ANKH WEDJA SENEB: A Screening + Dialogue with Tabita Rezaire

  • MoCADA

MoCADA is pleased to present the New York premiere screening of Sorry for Real (2015); Peaceful Warrior (2015); and SUGARWALLS TEARDOM (2016) by new media artist Tabita Rezaire. The screening will be followed by a dialogue between Rezaire (joining us virtually) and Jenna Wortham, New York Times technology reporter and columnist. RSVP here!

6:30 pm18:30

Anatomy of a Cover Story

  • 68 3rd St. Brooklyn, NY 11231

Join Jenna Wortham as she discusses the making of her lead story about Syd Tha Kyd and The Internet in the Music Issue of The New York Times Magazine with writer Mary H.K. Choi. RSVP here!