"Experience to Experiment, Signs to Signals: Toward This Invariant Colossus."

On May 5th, 2017, Dr. Aaron Jaffe spoke of the Statue of Liberty (among other significant cultural and political icons). For him, the colossal, neoclassical piece circulates as a nationalist idiom, one that has captured the global imagination since the 1860s. By drawing on the work of Vilem Flusser, a Czech-born philosopher who published in four languages, Dr. Jaffe emphasized the importance of media theory for understanding how cultural objects proliferate multiple meanings, many of which speak to past and contemporary anxieties about immigration, cosmopolitanism, and exile.