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Dr. Aaron McKain, M.S.L.

Curriculum Vitae

professional experience | education | media & press | publications | academia | art

Co-Founder/Executive Director
The Institute for Digital Humanity

Co-Founder/Creative Director
The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar
OSTOM Workgroup, Indiana University

Curriculum Vitae

professional experience | education | media & press | publications | academia | art

Co-Founder &
Executive Director

The Institute for Digital Humanity

Co-Founder &
Creative Director

The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy


Visiting Scholar

OSTOM Workgroup
Indiana University

Dr. Aaron McKain

PAST PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

north central university: 2018-2023
director and associate professor 
 school of english, digital media, and communication arts 

ohio state university: 2001-2010
speechwriter, office of the president
assistant editor, narrative
 instructor 

hamline university: 2011-2017
assistant professor
division of rhetoric and digital media arts

consultant/inventor:
 anti-defamation league:
2019-2021
mcgraw-hill: 2007-2009

nebraska appleseed center for
law in the public interest

program associate:
1998-2001

nebraskans for peace pac
coordinator:
1998

record store geek:
homer's records & gifts:
1997-2000

  • Leading teams of students, lawyers, advocates, and teachers to (a) build an unprecedented bi-partisan, cross-cultural, and multi-faith coalition around ai ethics, privacy, disinformation, and free speech versus online hate disputes and (b) develop award-winning digital ethics pr campaigns (podcasts, video, social media),
    interactive educational initiatives, and research (academic, white papers, policy briefs), including;


    • Community, classroom, and professional trainings for attorneys (Nebraska, Iowa, and American Bar Associations, Minnesota Legal Rights Center, MN Human Rights Center, Minnesota Justice Research Center); K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students (Indiana University, Creighton University, Univ. of
    Wisconsin-La Crosse, Anti-Defamation League, Netflix’s Coded Bias documentary team, Bytes Media); community organizations (ACLU MN, Safety Not Surveillance, Reclaim the Block, Little Earth Native HUD Community; MN Department of Health); and bipartisan lawmakers, non-profits, and organizations.


    • Publications, conference, and awards with William and Mary Law Review, Georgetown Journal of Law and Policy, Nebraska Lawyer, Competition Policy International, The Law, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business and International Vincentian Business Conference. And news appearance in/on: Forbes, NBC KARE 11 (Minneapolis and national affiliates), Omaha World Herald, Nebraska Public Television, Human Lawyer, Our Black News, AI and You.

  • Leading volunteer teams of – primarily diverse and/or disabled – artists, activists, and researchers on cutting-edge curatorial strategies and artistic frameworks for:


    • Curating exhibitions (juried and grant-funded; local, national, and international) on post-digital civil rights (algorithmic racism and privacy) and public health (COVID, disability/chronic/mental illness, autism, feminism/reproductive rights, PTSD, and gun violence).


    • Catalyzing allegedly ‘impossible’ cross-cultural, bi-partisan, and multi-faith coalitions and conversations with diverse lawmakers and partners including ACLU MN, Anti-Defamation League, Safety Not Surveillance Coalition, North Suburban Center for the Arts; Ohio State; Portland State; Guns Down. Love Up; Project Minnesota; Second Chance MN; the Urban Educators; George State;
    Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project, ACLU MN, Reclaim the Block; Safety Not Surveillance; and the Native Youth Arts Collective. 


    • Directing/creating juried or grant funded (group and solo) art installations at the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art, Franconia Sculpture Park, Ely Center for Contemporary Art, Gallery 610, Tugboat Gallery, Saint Cloud Zine Fest, Twin Cities Zine Fest, Shelter in Place Gallery, Northeast Sculpture Gallery, Missouri Review; University of Minnesota Institute of the Environment, and Northern Sparks Arts Festival.

  • ● Responsible for hiring, firing, student and faculty mentorship, budgeting, recruitment, marketing, assessment, accreditation, curricular development, and project management across three departments with a lean 500k budget.


    ● Transformed a school on life support into one of the top undergraduate digital ethics programs in the country by implementing Institute For Digital Humanity curriculum: Tripled enrollments; added $275k/year via online digital ethics
    program; and kept the school thriving and gaining national and international recognition despite – due to COVID and the Summer of Floyd -- 50% budget and faulty reductions in 2020 and nearly existential university-wide layoffs.

    promote statewide partnerships in technology and poverty law advocacy.

  •  ● Research and consultation on digital ethics curricula and public advocacy, including campus presentations, in class/industry lectures and conferences. 

Visiting Scholar

OSTROM Workshop Kelley School of Business

Indiana University: 
2019-present

 ● Research and consultation on digital ethics curricula and public advocacy, including campus presentations, in class/industry lectures and conferences. 

Visiting Scholar

OSTROM Workshop Kelley School of Business

Indiana University: 
2019-present

Director of the School of English and Communication Arts &
Associate Professor of Digital Media

North Central University:
2018-2023

● Responsible for hiring, firing, student and faculty mentorship, budgeting, recruitment, marketing, assessment, accreditation, curricular development, and project management across three departments with a lean 500k budget.


● Transformed a school on life support into one of the top undergraduate digital ethics programs in the country by implementing Institute For Digital Humanity curriculum: Tripled enrollments; added $275k/year via online digital ethics
program; and kept the school thriving and gaining national and international recognition despite – due to COVID and the Summer of Floyd -- 50% budget and faulty reductions in 2020 and nearly existential university-wide layoffs.

promote statewide partnerships in technology and poverty law advocacy.

EDUCATION

Ph.D., English (Rhetoric and Digital Media)
Ohio State University


Dissertation:

"Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era: How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age"

 

Master's in the Study of Law (M.S.L.)
Ohio State University

M.A., English (Critical Theory: Law and Politics)

Ohio State University

 

B.A., English 

University of Nebraska. December 1998

Graduated with Distinction, Phi Betta Kappa

Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

Ph.D.English (Digital Culture & Politics)
The Ohio State University

Master's in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) 

The Ohio State University 

Dissertation:
"Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era:
How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
for the Post-Postmodern,
Digital Media Age"

M.A. English (Critical Theory: Law & Politics)
The Ohio State University
 
B.A. English
University of Nebraska

B.A. Political Science 

University of Nebraska

Graduated with Distinction, Phi Betta Kappa
Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

M.A. English (Critical Theory: Law & Politics)
The Ohio State University
 
B.A. English
University of Nebraska

B.A. Political Science 

University of Nebraska

Graduated with Distinction,
Phi Betta Kappa
Minors: Conflict Resolution, History, International Affairs

"Regulating Artificial Intelligence - Is Global Consensus Possible?
Forbes. Sep 9, 2022.

 

Criminal Conviction By Algorithms Are
Ruining Innocent Lives.
”  

Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021.
w/ Thomas Freeman, and Libby Otto

 

After Facebook Scandal, Local College Students Are Talking Issues of Big Tech.”  
NBC KARE-11 Evening News (Minneapolis)

NBC WTOL 11 (Toledo)
NBC KHOU 11 (Houston)
NBC KXTV  (Sacramento)

 7 November 2021.
 

Why Isn’t There Social Media Forgiveness?”  
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 
Minneapolis:  13 September 2018.

 

“Remembrance of Things Past Fuels Recent Run of Reboots, Relaunches, Remakes.” 
Pioneer Press.  21 April 2018.    
Interview with Ross Raihala.


“How To Protect Your Personal Info on Facebook.” 
NBC KARE-11.  Breaking the News.

Minneapolis:  21 March 2018.  

“Post Emmys Cameo, Spicer Says He Regrets Battles Over Trump’s Inauguration Size.”
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News
 Minneapolis: 18 September 2017.  

“Breaking Down the Election Speeches.”  
NBC KARE-11 Evening News

Live On Air Interview

Minneapolis: 9 November 2016.  

“How do Those Political Speeches Come to Life?
NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News. 

Minneapolis: 27 July 2016.  

“What is Plagiarism?” 

NBC KARE-11 Breaking the News

 Minneapolis: 20 July 2016.  

NBC KARE-11: MINNEAPOLIS
FORBES
 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
NBC: TOLEDO, HOUSTON, SACREMENTO
HUMAN LAWYER
PIONEER PRESS
NEXT GENERATION POLITICS
 AI & YOU 
OUR BLACK NEWS

AG NEWS
OMAHA DAILY RECORD

NEBRASKA PUBLIC TELEVISION

SLOAN FILM SUMMIT

“Students Tackle Big Questions

of Online Privacy Rights.” 
Creighton University News. May 20, 2023.

“Creighton Prof To Talk Digital Literary
At SXSW EDU.” 

Omaha Daily Record.  February 18, 2022.

“NCU Technology Students Impacting Nation.’ 
AG News.  December 12, 2021.  

"Aaron McKain: Pushing Students to be the Innovators of Tomorrow."

 Pipers in Depth.  (Hamline University.)
 Saint Paul, MN.   April 2017.

 

"Students Are Harnessing the Power of
Digital Media to Problem-Solve and

Strengthen Human Connection."
Hamline University News.  July 2016.

PUBLICATIONS

ACADEMIC I PUBLIC I INDUSTRY

WILLIAM AND MARY LAW REVIEW
GEORGETOWN JOURNAL OF LAW AND PUBLIC POLICY
INTIMA: A JOURNAL OF NARRATIVE MEDICINE
MIDWEST ACADEMY OF LEGAL STUDIES IN BUSINESS
JOURNAL OF AMERICAN CULTURE
NEBRASKA LAWYER
POPMATTERS
COMPETITION POLICY INTERNATIONAL
 OMAHA WORLD-HERALD
ALTERNET

COMMONPLACE: A CITIZEN’S GUIDE TO PERSUASION
(FOR AN AGE THAT DESPERATELY NEEDS ONE)


THE JOKE IS ON US: POLITICAL COMEDY
IN NEOLIBERAL TIMES

POSTHUMAN: NEW MEDIA ART
NARRATIVE ACTS: RHETORIC, RACE, IDENTITY, KNOWLEDGE

  • "Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics"
    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
    Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
    (First Runner-Up)

    Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
    CPI TechREG Chronicle.
    Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    "A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
    Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    “Criminal Conviction By Algorithms  Are Ruining Innocent Lives.” 

     Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Elizabeth Otto.   

     

    “The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 
    Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.


    As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
    Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
    w/ Thomas Freeman 

    “What About Cynthia: A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility.” 
    Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  
    Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2019).
    With Thomas Freeman

    "A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust."
    Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies 
    Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2019)
    With Thomas Freeman

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s

    Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy
    in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 

    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era:

    How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.
     

  • “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and
    Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 

    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.
     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion
    (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     
    McGraw-Hill, 2009. 
    With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 


    “Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?

    PopMatters.  3 Nov. 2008

     

    “Mike Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.”
    Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008

     

    “A Hypothetical Problem.” 
    PopMatters. 17 Sept. 2006

     

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
    Audio essay.  Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. 
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.
    Hampton Press, 2007. 

     

    “Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation,
    Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.”

    Journal of American Culture
    28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430.

  • "Using the Lens of Narrative Theoryto Rethink Digital Ethics"
    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
    Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
    (First Runner-Up)

    "The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining: Reading the Tea

    Leaves After Janus and Masterpiece."  
    Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023


    “Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination,
    and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece.”
     
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings.  2020
    With Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Best Paper Award


    “Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation After Janus.” 
    William and Mary Business Law Review. 11: 609 (2020).
    With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell

     

    Free Speech in Post-Digital America.
    Cross-cultural Zine Exchange.  Editor.

    Hennepin County Library: Permanent Collection.
    September 2019. 
    With The Institute for Digital Humanity and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 


    “The Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation.”   
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  Proceedings 2019

    With Thomas Freeman and Destynie Sewell. 
     

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.

    “The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach the Rest of the Narrative Turn.”
    Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race, Identity, Knowledge. 
    Deborah Journet, Ed. 
    Hampton Press, 2011

     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     McGraw-Hill, 2009 
    w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
     Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

    Hampton Press, 2007 
    ​Audio essay.

  • “Rhetoric.”
    Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  
    Peter Logan, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

     

    “New Media, New English.”
    Reading and Writing New Media.
    Eds. Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. 
    Hampton Press, 2009
    w/ Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.

     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     McGraw-Hill, 2009 
    w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    “Foreword.”
    The Business of Higher Education: Marketing and Consumer Interests.  

    Eds. John C. Knapp and David J. Siegel. 
    Praeger, 2009
    With E. Gordon Gee. 

     

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
     Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

    Hampton Press, 2007 
    ​Audio essay.


    “Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Narrative.” 
    Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.  Hampton Press, 2007 

    Documentary. 
    With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin. 

  • “In Two Voices: A Neuroscientist and Patient Tell Their Story.”  
    Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. 
    August 2020
    With Amanda Aherns and Stephen Pederson. 


    With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell
     

    “The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.” 

    PostHuman: New Media Art 2020. 
    CICA Press: Seoul, South Korea: 2020
    With Steven Pederson and
    the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  


  • “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Legality and Ethics of Employment AI.”
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted

     

    “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Constitutionality
    of Predictive Policing Algorithms.” 

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Sallee

    “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Constitutionality
    of Facial Recognition Lie Detection in Criminal Contexts.”

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Sallee

     

    “Using Narrative Theory to Triangulate First Amendment
    Aesthetics and Algorithmic Hate Speech After Masterpiece.”
     
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Salle

    Note: Dr. McKain’s IP and academic research on technology law and ethics was embargoed from January 2020 – August 2023.  The following are already written – and award-winning – papers due to be sent out in Spring/Summer 2024. 

    All of this work has been presented in industry and academic conferences.  They are also the basis of our manuscript project: Deprogramming Postmodernism: Rhetoric vs. the Robots.

PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS & COMMUNITY  EDUCATION EVENTS

MN LEGAL RIGHTS CENTER
AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION
IOWA BAR ASSOCIATION
NEBRASKA BAR ASSOCIATION
ACLU MINNESOTA
LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY

SAFETY NOT SURVEILLANCE COALITION
TUALATIN VALLEY CREATES
LEWIS AND CLARK UNIVERSITY 
MN HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

  • “All Bullets Shatter: Untold Stories of Gun Violence and Trauma.”
    Living Art Exhibition and Civic Forum.
    Minneapolis, MN and Online: May 2022

    With the Institute for Digital Humanity; Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy; Guns Down, Love Up; Protect Minnesota; The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (Ohio State, Portland State, George State); and the Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project.  

    “Algorithmic Bias in the Criminal Justice System: Cheat Codes for Defense  Attorneys.” 
    Minnesota Legal Rights Center. 
    Workshop.
    With Marci Exted and Tom Freeman. 
    Fall 2022

     

    “The Civil Rights Challenges Posed by Algorithmic Bias.”
    Iowa State Bar Association.  2022. 
    Presented by Tom Freeman using shared IDH IP. 

    “Legal Considerations of Algorithmic Decision Making.” 

    Nebraska State Bar Association. 2022. 
    Presented by Tom Freeman using shared IDH IP.
     

    “Pitfalls of Using Algorithms in Hiring Decisions.”
    Iowa State Bar Association. 2022. 

    Presented by Tom Freeman using shared IDH IP. 

     

    “Plugging In: Race, Technology, and Surveillance
    Workshop for Advocates and Educators.”

    Northeast Sculpture Gallery.
    Minneapolis, MN.  October 2021. 
     

    With ACLU MN, Safety Not Surveillance, Reclaim the Block,

    Councilman Simon Trautmann (Richfield, MN),

    and Councilman Steve Fletcher(Minneapolis, MN). 
     

    “Technology Inclusivity in Online Dispute Resolution.”

    American Bar Association Dispute Resolution Technology Expo.
    With Angie Raymond and Isak NitAsare.

    Online.  July 2021

    “Social Justice Through Artistic Expression.”  
    Creative Impact Series:
    Tualitan Valley Creates.

    Workshop. 

    With Allison Baker and Steven Pedersen.
    September 20, 2021 

    Online. 
     

    “Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy: Curating Change.”  

    Lewis and Clark University.

    Workshop.

    With Stephen Pedersen and Allison Baker. 

    Portland, OR and Online: 
    October 2021


    “Digital Rights Are Civil Rights: Race and Technology.” 
    Juried International Art Exhibition and Community Education Event.
     

    With ACLU MN, Native Youth Arts Collective,
    the Institute for Digital Humanity, Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy,

    and Councilman Steve Fletcher. 

    Minneapolis MN and Online.
    February 2021

     

    “Internet Security and Cyberbullying

    Prevention Workshop.” 

    Little Earth Native Community.

    Minneapolis, MN.  April 2019 

    Funded By: Minnesota Health and Human Services.

     

INVITED ACADEMIC CONFERENCES

& PRESENTATIONS

INTERNATIONAL VINCENTIAN BUSINESS
ETHICS CONFERENCE
TRANSATLANTIC DIALOGUE ON HUMANITY
AND AI REGULATION
DATA, LAW & ETHICS RESEARCH COLLOQUIUM
INDIANA UNIVERSITY
MIDWEST ACADEMY OF LEGAL STUDIES IN BUSINESS
HEIDER BUSINESS SYMPOSIUM
NORTH CAROLINA AT & T UNIVERSITY
DREW UNIVERSITY
HAMLINE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR JUSTICE & LAW 
NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

  • “Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman. October 2022

    Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

    Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

    Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022

    “Regulating Global Intelligence: Is Global Consensus Possible"

    Reported in Forbes:
    September 9, 2022

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

    and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

     

    “Triangulating Hate Speech and Free Speech in Algorithmic Environments.” 

    Indiana University.

    Bloomington, IN: April 2022  (Online.)

    “Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics, and The Constitutionality of Employment AI.” 

    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

    With Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted. 

     Chicago, IL and Online:  March 2022

    “Redefining Digital Literary: Algorithms and You.”

    SXSW EDU.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Morales-Monge, and Shea Sullivan.  March 2022

    Winner of online voting competition to present.

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

    With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

     

    “Algorithmic Bias: How Cross Functional Networks Can Fight Digitized Discrimination.”

    Heider Business Symposium: Creighton University. 

    With Dr. Aaron McKain, Thomas Freeman, Elizabeth Otto, Ayin Monge, and Julius Hernandez. Omaha, NE.  October 2021

     

    “Reckoning With Robots; The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions.”

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Chicago, IL: March 2021

     

    “Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

    OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

    With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021
     

    “A Taxonomy of Algorithmic Unreliability: Using Facial Recognition to Map Constitutional Issues.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Indiana University & Virginia Tech University.

    Online (COVID): May 2020
     

    “Racist Robots?  A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Monge-Morales, and Moises Morales.  March 2020

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination.”

    Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

    Bloomington, IN. November 2019


    “Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

    North Carolina A & T State University.

    Greensboro, NC: May 2018

    “EMF Science and the Post-Fact Society: Models to Stop Disinformation.”

    Drew University.

    New Jersey: June 2018

    “What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

    (In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)
     

    “Shouting Fire: Originalism and Antonin Scalia.” Jiggery-Pokery and Applesauce?

    The Impact and Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

    Hamline University Center for Justice and Law.

    Saint Paul, MN: February 2016

     

    “#Objectivity: Unlikable Narrative Justice.”

    Beyond Ferguson: Critical Conversations.

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN: January 2015
     

    “Finding Bias in New York Times Reporting on Israel and Palestine.”

    Yeshiva University.

    New York, NY: February 2010

     

    “2008: The Year We Re-Made Contact (or, Why Did Postmodernism End?)"

    Project Narrative Presents: Prophets in Their Own Century.

    Columbus, OH: January 2009

     

    “OurSpace: Resituating Civic Literacy in the University Curriculum.”

    LiteracyStudies@OSU. The Ohio State University.

    With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    Columbus, OH: March 30, 2007

ART EXHIBITIONS &

COMMUNITY EDUCATION EVENTS

THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
AND THE HUNDREDS OF ARTISTS FROM AROUND
THE WORLD WHO SUPPORTED THESE PROJECTS

 

ACLU MINNESOTA
SAFETY NOT SURVEILLANCE COALITION
RECLAIM THE BLOCK

GUNS DOWN, LOVE UP
LITTLE EARTH NATIVE HUD COMMUNITY

LITTLE EARTH NATIVE YOUTH ARTS CENTER

PROTECT MINNESOTA

SECOND CHANCE COALITION

NORTH SUBURBAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS

URBAN EDUCATORS
NORTHEAST SCULPTURE FACTORY

DIGITAL ARCHIVE OF LITERACY NARRATIVES
NORTH CENTRAL UNIVERSITY

HAMLINE UNIVERSITY

  • “All Bullets Shatter: Untold Stories of Gun Violence and Trauma.”

    Living Art Exhibition and Civic Forum

    Minneapolis, MN and Online: May 2022 

    With the Institute for Digital Humanity; Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy; Guns Down, Love Up; Protect Minnesota; The Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives (Ohio State, Portland State, George State); and the Pittsburgh University Prison Writing Project.  

     

    “Plugging In: Race, Technology, and Surveillance Workshop for Advocates and Educators.”

    Northeast Sculpture Gallery: Minneapolis, MN.  October 2021 

    With ACLU MN, Safety Not Surveillance, Reclaim the Block, Councilman Simon Trautmann (Richfield, MN), and Councilman Steve Fletcher (Minneapolis, MN).
     

    “Digital Rights Are Civil Rights: Race and Technology.”

    Juried International Art Exhibition and Community Education Event

    Minneapolis MN and Online: February 2021

    With the Institute for Digital Humanity, Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy, ACLU MN, Native Youth Arts Collective, and Councilman Steve Fletcher. 
     

    “Contaminated.”

    International Juried Art Exhibition and Civic Forum

    Minneapolis, MN and Online: May 2020

    With the Institute for Digital Humanity and Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

    “Medical Unreliability and Sick Girl Theory.”

    Curated Cross-Cultural Art Exchange

    St. Cloud Zine Fest. St. Cloud, MN. February 2020

    With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 

     

    “Sad Girls and Hopeful Women.”

    Curated Cross-Cultural Art Exchange

    Twin Cities Zine Fest.  Minneapolis, MN. September 2020

    With Allison Baker, the Institute for Digital Humanity, and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  


    “Hopeful Women.”

    Student Art Installation on Christian Feminism

    Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN.  Dec 2018

     

    “World Press Freedom Day: What Do You Have to Say,”

    Student Art Installation on Free Speech

    Hamline University.  Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

     

    “Y2K16.”

    Student Art Installation on Digital Ethics

    Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. December 2016

     

    “dronesTruck: Operation Como.”

    Student-Curated International Sound Art Exhibition

    Saint Paul, MN. May 2016

     

    “School Violence: An Interdisciplinary Approach.”

    Student Art Installation on School Shootings

    Hamline University. Saint Paul, MN. December 2015

ART INSTALLATIONS

& STRATEGIC ADVOCACY

AS ARTIST/CREATIVE DIRECTOR:

CZONG INSTITUTE FOR CONTEMPORARY ART
WHEATON BIENNIAL
NE SCULPTURE GALLERY FACTORY
ZVEREV CENTRE OF CONTEMPORY ART

RHETORIC SOCIETY OF AMERICA

ST. CLOUD ZINE FEST

TWIN CITIES ZINE FEST
ELY CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY ART

934 GALLERY I TUGBOAT GALLERY
SHELTER IN PLACE GALLERY

WYOMING CREATIVE ARTS CENTER
DREAMSONG GALLERY
FRANCONIA SCULPTURE PARK


NORTHERN SPARK ARTS FESTIVAL

MISSOURI REVIEW
UNIV. OF MINNESOTA INSTITUTE ON THE ENVIRONMENT

ITALIAN FILM SOCIETY OF MINNEAPOLIS

HAMLINE-MIDWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

  • "What Would Jesus Program?”

    Rhetoric Society of America.

    Portland, OR.  May 2020

    “Racist Robots: A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Business Administrative Association/Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Joint Conference.

    With Tom Freeman and Dan Schneider. Chicago, IL.  March 2020

     

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots II: The Ethics of Algorithmic Unreliability.” 

    International Society for the Study of Narrative.

    With Weston Cregut and Rebekah Winkel. New Orleans, LA.  March 2020

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Navigate Legal, Corporate, and Community Debates on Algorithmic Ethics.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Washington and Lee School of Law.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Lexington, VA.  April 2019

    invited academic presentations and conferences

    “Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022

    Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

    Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

    Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022
     

    Reported on in Forbes:  
    “Regulating Global Intelligence: Is Global Consensus Possible"
    September 9, 2022

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

    and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

     

    “Triangulating Hate Speech and Free Speech in Algorithmic Environments.” 

    Indiana University.

    Bloomington, IN: April 2022  (Online.)

    “Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics,
    and The Constitutionality of Employment AI.” 

    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

    With Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted. 

     Chicago, IL and Online:  March 2022

    “Redefining Digital Literary: Algorithms and You.”

    SXSW EDU.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Morales-Monge, and Shea Sullivan.  March 2022

    Winner of online voting competition to present.

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

    With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

     

    “Algorithmic Bias: How Cross Functional Networks Can Fight Digitized Discrimination.”

    Heider Business Symposium: Creighton University. 

    With Dr. Aaron McKain, Thomas Freeman, Elizabeth Otto, Ayin Monge, and Julius Hernandez. Omaha, NE.  October 2021

     

    “Reckoning With Robots; The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions.”

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Chicago, IL: March 2021

     

    “Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

    OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

    With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021
     

    “A Taxonomy of Algorithmic Unreliability: Using Facial Recognition to Map Constitutional Issues.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Indiana University & Virginia Tech University.

    Online (COVID): May 2020
     

    “Racist Robots?  A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Monge-Morales, and Moises Morales.  March 2020

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination.”

    Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

    Bloomington, IN. November 2019


    “Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

    North Carolina A & T State University.

    Greensboro, NC: May 2018
     

    “What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us

    About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

    (In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)

    competitive academic conferences & workshops


  • “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Legality and Ethics of Employment AI.”
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted

     

    “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Constitutionality
    of Predictive Policing Algorithms.” 

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Sallee

    “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Constitutionality
    of Facial Recognition Lie Detection in Criminal Contexts.”

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Sallee

     

    “Using Narrative Theory to Triangulate First Amendment
    Aesthetics and Algorithmic Hate Speech After Masterpiece.”
     
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Salle

    Note: Dr. McKain’s IP and academic research on technology law and ethics was embargoed from January 2020 – August 2023.  The following are already written – and award-winning – papers due to be sent out in Spring/Summer 2024. 

    All of this work has been presented in industry and academic conferences.  They are also the basis of our manuscript project: Deprogramming Postmodernism: Rhetoric vs. the Robots.

  • "Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics"
    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
    Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
    (First Runner-Up)

    Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
    CPI TechREG Chronicle.
     Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    "A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
    Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    “Criminal Conviction By Algorithms  Are Ruining Innocent Lives.” 

     Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Elizabeth Otto.   

     

    “The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 
    Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.


    As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
    Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
    w/ Thomas Freeman 

    “What About Cynthia: A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility.” 
    Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  
    Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2019).
    With Thomas Freeman

    "A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust."
    Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies 
    Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2019)
    With Thomas Freeman

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and
    Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 

    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.
     

  • “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and
    Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 

    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.
     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion
    (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     
    McGraw-Hill, 2009. 
    With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 


    “Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?

    PopMatters.  3 Nov. 2008

     

    “Mike Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.”
    Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008

     

    “A Hypothetical Problem.” 
    PopMatters. 17 Sept. 2006

     

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
    Audio essay.  Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. 
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.
    Hampton Press, 2007. 

     

    “Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation,
    Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.”

    Journal of American Culture
    28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430.

  • "Using the Lens of Narrative Theoryto Rethink Digital Ethics"
    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
    Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
    (First Runner-Up)

    "The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining: Reading the Tea

    Leaves After Janus and Masterpiece."  
    Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023


    “Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination,
    and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece.”
     
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings.  2020
    With Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Best Paper Award


    “Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation After Janus.” 
    William and Mary Business Law Review. 11: 609 (2020).
    With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell

     

    Free Speech in Post-Digital America.
    Cross-cultural Zine Exchange.  Editor.

    Hennepin County Library: Permanent Collection.
    September 2019. 
    With The Institute for Digital Humanity and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 


    “The Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation.”   
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  Proceedings 2019

    With Thomas Freeman and Destynie Sewell. 
     

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.

    “The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach the Rest of the Narrative Turn.”
    Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race, Identity, Knowledge. 
    Deborah Journet, Ed. 
    Hampton Press, 2011

     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     McGraw-Hill, 2009 
    w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
     Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

    Hampton Press, 2007 
    ​Audio essay.

  • “Rhetoric.”
    Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  
    Peter Logan, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

     

    “New Media, New English.”
    Reading and Writing New Media.
    Eds. Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. 
    Hampton Press, 2009
    w/ Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.

     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     McGraw-Hill, 2009 
    w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    “Foreword.”
    The Business of Higher Education: Marketing and Consumer Interests.  

    Eds. John C. Knapp and David J. Siegel. 
    Praeger, 2009
    With E. Gordon Gee. 

     

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
     Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

    Hampton Press, 2007 
    ​Audio essay.


    “Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Narrative.” 
    Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.  Hampton Press, 2007 

    Documentary. 
    With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin. 

  • “In Two Voices: A Neuroscientist and Patient Tell Their Story.”  
    Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. 
    August 2020
    With Amanda Aherns and Stephen Pederson. 


    With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell
     

    “The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.” 

    PostHuman: New Media Art 2020. 
    CICA Press: Seoul, South Korea: 2020
    With Steven Pederson and
    the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  

  • “Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022

    Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

    Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

    Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022

    “Regulating Global Intelligence: Is Global Consensus Possible"

    Reported in Forbes:
    September 9, 2022

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

    and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

     

    “Triangulating Hate Speech and Free Speech in Algorithmic Environments.” 

    Indiana University.

    Bloomington, IN: April 2022  (Online.)

    “Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics, and The Constitutionality of Employment AI.” 

    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

    With Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted. 

     Chicago, IL and Online:  March 2022

    “Redefining Digital Literary: Algorithms and You.”

    SXSW EDU.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Morales-Monge, and Shea Sullivan.  March 2022

    Winner of online voting competition to present.

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

    With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

     

    “Algorithmic Bias: How Cross Functional Networks Can Fight Digitized Discrimination.”

    Heider Business Symposium: Creighton University. 

    With Dr. Aaron McKain, Thomas Freeman, Elizabeth Otto, Ayin Monge, and Julius Hernandez. Omaha, NE.  October 2021

     

    “Reckoning With Robots; The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions.”

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Chicago, IL: March 2021

     

    “Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

    OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

    With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021
     

    “A Taxonomy of Algorithmic Unreliability: Using Facial Recognition to Map Constitutional Issues.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Indiana University & Virginia Tech University.

    Online (COVID): May 2020
     

    “Racist Robots?  A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Monge-Morales, and Moises Morales.  March 2020

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination.”

    Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

    Bloomington, IN. November 2019


    “Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

    North Carolina A & T State University.

    Greensboro, NC: May 2018

    “EMF Science and the Post-Fact Society: Models to Stop Disinformation.”

    Drew University.

    New Jersey: June 2018

    “What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

    (In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)
     

    “Shouting Fire: Originalism and Antonin Scalia.” Jiggery-Pokery and Applesauce?

    The Impact and Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

    Hamline University Center for Justice and Law.

    Saint Paul, MN: February 2016

     

    “#Objectivity: Unlikable Narrative Justice.”

    Beyond Ferguson: Critical Conversations.

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN: January 2015
     

    “Finding Bias in New York Times Reporting on Israel and Palestine.”

    Yeshiva University.

    New York, NY: February 2010

     

    “2008: The Year We Re-Made Contact (or, Why Did Postmodernism End?)"

    Project Narrative Presents: Prophets in Their Own Century.

    Columbus, OH: January 2009

     

    “OurSpace: Resituating Civic Literacy in the University Curriculum.”

    LiteracyStudies@OSU. The Ohio State University.

    With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    Columbus, OH: March 30, 2007

  • "What Would Jesus Program?”

    Rhetoric Society of America.

    Portland, OR.  May 2020

    “Racist Robots: A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Business Administrative Association/Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Joint Conference.

    With Tom Freeman and Dan Schneider. Chicago, IL.  March 2020

     

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots II: The Ethics of Algorithmic Unreliability.” 

    International Society for the Study of Narrative.

    With Weston Cregut and Rebekah Winkel. New Orleans, LA.  March 2020

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Navigate Legal, Corporate, and Community Debates on Algorithmic Ethics.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Washington and Lee School of Law.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Lexington, VA.  April 2019

    invited academic presentations and conferences

    “Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022

    Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

    Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

    Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022
     

    Reported on in Forbes:  
    “Regulating Global Intelligence: Is Global Consensus Possible"
    September 9, 2022

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

    and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

     

    “Triangulating Hate Speech and Free Speech in Algorithmic Environments.” 

    Indiana University.

    Bloomington, IN: April 2022  (Online.)

    “Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics,
    and The Constitutionality of Employment AI.” 

    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

    With Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted. 

     Chicago, IL and Online:  March 2022

    “Redefining Digital Literary: Algorithms and You.”

    SXSW EDU.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Morales-Monge, and Shea Sullivan.  March 2022

    Winner of online voting competition to present.

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

    With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

     

    “Algorithmic Bias: How Cross Functional Networks Can Fight Digitized Discrimination.”

    Heider Business Symposium: Creighton University. 

    With Dr. Aaron McKain, Thomas Freeman, Elizabeth Otto, Ayin Monge, and Julius Hernandez. Omaha, NE.  October 2021

     

    “Reckoning With Robots; The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions.”

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Chicago, IL: March 2021

     

    “Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

    OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

    With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021
     

    “A Taxonomy of Algorithmic Unreliability: Using Facial Recognition to Map Constitutional Issues.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Indiana University & Virginia Tech University.

    Online (COVID): May 2020
     

    “Racist Robots?  A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Monge-Morales, and Moises Morales.  March 2020

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination.”

    Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

    Bloomington, IN. November 2019


    “Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

    North Carolina A & T State University.

    Greensboro, NC: May 2018
     

    “What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us

    About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

    (In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)

    competitive academic conferences & workshops


  • “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Legality and Ethics of Employment AI.”
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted

     

    “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Constitutionality
    of Predictive Policing Algorithms.” 

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Sallee

    “Using Narrative Theory to Categorize the Constitutionality
    of Facial Recognition Lie Detection in Criminal Contexts.”

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Sallee

     

    “Using Narrative Theory to Triangulate First Amendment
    Aesthetics and Algorithmic Hate Speech After Masterpiece.”
     
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Annie Salle

    Note: Dr. McKain’s IP and academic research on technology law and ethics was embargoed from January 2020 – August 2023.  The following are already written – and award-winning – papers due to be sent out in Spring/Summer 2024. 

    All of this work has been presented in industry and academic conferences.  They are also the basis of our manuscript project: Deprogramming Postmodernism: Rhetoric vs. the Robots.

  • "Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics"
    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
    Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
    (First Runner-Up)

    Principles of Digital Law and Ethics
    CPI TechREG Chronicle.
     Special Issue on Machine Learning. Feb 2023
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    "A Primer on Digital and Data Science Ethics.
    Nebraska Lawyer.  Sept/Oct 2022
    w/ Thomas Freeman, Samson Hall

    “Criminal Conviction By Algorithms  Are Ruining Innocent Lives.” 

     Omaha World Herald.  August 29, 2021
    w/ Thomas Freeman and Elizabeth Otto.   

     

    “The Legal Implications of Algorithmic Decision-Making.” 
    Nebraska Lawyer.  May/June 2020

    w/ Thomas Freeman and Samson Hall.


    As Technology Evolves, So Will the Law, and So Must Attorneys,
    Nebraska Lawyer. July/August 2019
    w/ Thomas Freeman 

    “What About Cynthia: A Case Study Exploring Corporate Fiduciary Duties and Social Responsibility.” 
    Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies.  
    Vol. 25, Issue 4 (2019).
    With Thomas Freeman

    "A Legal And Ethical Audit of Continental Bank and Trust."
    Journal of the International Academy for Case Studies 
    Vol. 25, Issue 2 (2019)
    With Thomas Freeman

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and
    Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 

    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.
     

  • “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and
    Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 

    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.
     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion
    (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     
    McGraw-Hill, 2009. 
    With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 


    “Are We the Rockstars We’ve Been Waiting For?

    PopMatters.  3 Nov. 2008

     

    “Mike Huckabee’s Family Guy Values.”
    Alternet. 21 Jan. 2008

     

    “A Hypothetical Problem.” 
    PopMatters. 17 Sept. 2006

     

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
    Audio essay.  Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers. 
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.
    Hampton Press, 2007. 

     

    “Not Necessarily Not the News: Remediation,
    Gatekeeping, and The Daily Show.”

    Journal of American Culture
    28.4 (Dec 2005): 415-430.

  • "Using the Lens of Narrative Theoryto Rethink Digital Ethics"
    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 
    Proceedings.  (Forthcoming)
    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Primeaux Award for Best  Paper
    (First Runner-Up)

    "The Roberts Court and Compulsory Collective Bargaining: Reading the Tea

    Leaves After Janus and Masterpiece."  
    Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy.  Spring 2023


    “Let Them All Eat Cake: Rhetorically Mapping Religious Freedom, LGBTQIA Discrimination,
    and The First Amendment After Janus and Masterpiece.”
     
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Proceedings.  2020
    With Thomas Freeman

    Winner: 
    Best Paper Award


    “Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation After Janus.” 
    William and Mary Business Law Review. 11: 609 (2020).
    With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell

     

    Free Speech in Post-Digital America.
    Cross-cultural Zine Exchange.  Editor.

    Hennepin County Library: Permanent Collection.
    September 2019. 
    With The Institute for Digital Humanity and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 


    “The Future of Collective Bargaining: Rhetorically Predicting a First Amendment Right to Negotiation.”   
    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.  Proceedings 2019

    With Thomas Freeman and Destynie Sewell. 
     

    “I Want to Party With You Cowboy: Stephen Colbert and Campaign 2016’s Aesthetic Logic of Truthiness.” 
    The Joke is On Us: Political Comedy in (Late) Neoliberal Times. 
    Julie Watson, Ed.  Lexington Press, 2019
    With Thomas Lawson


    Fear and Loathing in the New Media Era : How to Realign our Rhetorical Judgments
    for the Post-Postmodern, Digital Media Age
    .
    Dissertation. 

    Ohio State University, 2012.

    “The Rhetoric of Narrative: What the Law as Narrative Movement Can Teach the Rest of the Narrative Turn.”
    Narrative Acts: Rhetoric, Race, Identity, Knowledge. 
    Deborah Journet, Ed. 
    Hampton Press, 2011

     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     McGraw-Hill, 2009 
    w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
     Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

    Hampton Press, 2007 
    ​Audio essay.

  • “Rhetoric.”
    Blackwell Encyclopedia of the Novel.  
    Peter Logan, Ed. Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

     

    “New Media, New English.”
    Reading and Writing New Media.
    Eds. Cheryl E. Ball and James Kalmbach. 
    Hampton Press, 2009
    w/ Jason Palmeri, Cormac Slevin, and Scott Lloyd DeWitt.

     

    Commonplace: A User’s Guide to Persuasion (for an Age that Desperately Needs One).
     McGraw-Hill, 2009 
    w/ Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    “Foreword.”
    The Business of Higher Education: Marketing and Consumer Interests.  

    Eds. John C. Knapp and David J. Siegel. 
    Praeger, 2009
    With E. Gordon Gee. 

     

    “Re-Learning How to Argue.” 
     Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.  
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.

    Hampton Press, 2007 
    ​Audio essay.


    “Made Actual Through Pain: A Literacy Narrative.” 
    Multimodal Composition: Resources for Teachers.
    Ed. Cynthia L. Selfe.  Hampton Press, 2007 

    Documentary. 
    With Michael Harker and Cormac Slevin. 

  • “In Two Voices: A Neuroscientist and Patient Tell Their Story.”  
    Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine. 
    August 2020
    With Amanda Aherns and Stephen Pederson. 


    With Thomas Freeman and Destiyne Sewell
     

    “The Art of EMF Science: Aesthetics, Ethics, and Post-Digital Health Advocacy.” 

    PostHuman: New Media Art 2020. 
    CICA Press: Seoul, South Korea: 2020
    With Steven Pederson and
    the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.  

  • “Using the Lens of Narrative Theory to Rethink Digital Ethics." 

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference. 

    With Marci Exted and Thomas Freeman.  October 2022

    Winner: Primeaux Best Paper Award.  (Runner-Up.)

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Reframe Health Data Sanctity.”  

    Inaugural Transatlantic Dialogue on Humanity and AI Regulation.

    Hosted by HEC Paris.  Paris, France.  May 2022

    “Regulating Global Intelligence: Is Global Consensus Possible"

    Reported in Forbes:
    September 9, 2022

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Forgive, Forget, and Re-Program Digital Dignity.” 

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Organizers: Indiana University, Virginia Tech,

    and University of Pennsylvania.  Online.  April 2022 

     

    “Triangulating Hate Speech and Free Speech in Algorithmic Environments.” 

    Indiana University.

    Bloomington, IN: April 2022  (Online.)

    “Algorithmic Unreliability: Narrative Theory, Digital Ethics, and The Constitutionality of Employment AI.” 

    Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business.

    With Thomas Freeman and Marci Exted. 

     Chicago, IL and Online:  March 2022

    “Redefining Digital Literary: Algorithms and You.”

    SXSW EDU.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Morales-Monge, and Shea Sullivan.  March 2022

    Winner of online voting competition to present.

     

    “Privacy 3.0: Forgiveness and Student Data After Mahoney.”

    International Vincentian Business Ethics Conference: DePaul University. 

    With Thomas Freeman, Simon Truatman, and Amanda Aherns.  Chicago, IL: October 2021

     

    “Algorithmic Bias: How Cross Functional Networks Can Fight Digitized Discrimination.”

    Heider Business Symposium: Creighton University. 

    With Dr. Aaron McKain, Thomas Freeman, Elizabeth Otto, Ayin Monge, and Julius Hernandez. Omaha, NE.  October 2021

     

    “Reckoning With Robots; The Constitutional Implications of Using Algorithms to Make Human Decisions.”

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman.  Chicago, IL: March 2021

     

    “Digital Ethics: What’s Next?”

    OSTROM Workshop.  Indiana University School of Business. 

    With Julius Hernandez and Shea Sullivan. Bloomington, IN: February 2021
     

    “A Taxonomy of Algorithmic Unreliability: Using Facial Recognition to Map Constitutional Issues.”

    Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Indiana University & Virginia Tech University.

    Online (COVID): May 2020
     

    “Racist Robots?  A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

    Midwest Associate of Legal Studies in Business/Midwest Business Administration Association Annual Conference.

    With Thomas Freeman, Ayin Monge-Morales, and Moises Morales.  March 2020

    “Rhetoric Versus the Robots: Mapping the Legal and Ethical Dimensions of Algorithmic Discrimination.”

    Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics and Society at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business.

    Bloomington, IN. November 2019


    “Why Digital Rights Is The New Civil Rights Movement.” 

    North Carolina A & T State University.

    Greensboro, NC: May 2018

    “EMF Science and the Post-Fact Society: Models to Stop Disinformation.”

    Drew University.

    New Jersey: June 2018

    “What Norm MacDonald and Narrative Theory Can Teach Us About Social Media Privacy Big Data Reasoning.”

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN.  April 2017

    (In conjunction w/ exhibition for World Press Freedom Day.)
     

    “Shouting Fire: Originalism and Antonin Scalia.” Jiggery-Pokery and Applesauce?

    The Impact and Legacy of Justice Antonin Scalia

    Hamline University Center for Justice and Law.

    Saint Paul, MN: February 2016

     

    “#Objectivity: Unlikable Narrative Justice.”

    Beyond Ferguson: Critical Conversations.

    Hamline University.

    Saint Paul, MN: January 2015
     

    “Finding Bias in New York Times Reporting on Israel and Palestine.”

    Yeshiva University.

    New York, NY: February 2010

     

    “2008: The Year We Re-Made Contact (or, Why Did Postmodernism End?)"

    Project Narrative Presents: Prophets in Their Own Century.

    Columbus, OH: January 2009

     

    “OurSpace: Resituating Civic Literacy in the University Curriculum.”

    LiteracyStudies@OSU. The Ohio State University.

    With Michael Harker and Scott Lloyd DeWitt. 

    Columbus, OH: March 30, 2007

  • “Abject Permanence.” 
    Dreamsong Gallery.  
    Solo Exhibition. Creative Director/Grantwriter.  
    With Allision Baker and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.
    Minneapolis, MN.  September 2022.

     

    “Viral Load II.” 
    Franconia Sculpture Park. 
    Public Sculpture.  Creative Director.
    With Allison Baker and The Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    Schafer, MN.  September 2021.


    “final…final…FINAL.” 
    Wheaton Biennial: Wheaton College

    Group Exhibition.  Creative Director. 

    With the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    Norton, MA.  

     

    “Semi-Sentient Trash.” 
    Ely Center of Contemporary Art.

    Solo Exhibition. Creative Director. 
    With Allison Baker and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    New Haven, CT.  June 2021.

    “Home.” 
    934 Gallery.
    Solo Exhibition.  Creative Director. 

    With Allison Baker (Artist) and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.
    Columbus, OH.  September 2021.


    “Unsterile.” 
    Tugboat Gallery.
    Solo Exhibition.  Creative Director. 
    With Allison Baker (Artist) and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy.
    Lincoln, NE.  January 2020.

    “Contaminated.” 
    Shelter in Place Gallery

    Solo Exhibition.  Creative Director. 

    With Allison Baker (Artist) and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    Boston, MA.  September 2020.

    "7 Signs of an Unhealthy Gut."
     Wyoming Creative Arts Center.
    With Allison Baker (Artist) and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    Wyoming, MN.  November 2019.

     

    “Cellular Home Invasion.” 
    Solo Exhibition.  Creative Director.
    With the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    NE Sculpture Gallery Factory,
    Minneapolis, MN.  June 2019.

    “Cellular Home Invasion.” 
    Czong Institute for Contemporary Art. 
    Solo International Museum Exhibition.  Creative Director/Artist/Performer.

    With the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy. 
    Seoul, South Korea.  May 2019. 
            

    “Feminist Aesthetic Criticism.” 
    Bad Video Art Festival: Zverev Centre of Contemporary Art.
    Video Installation.  Artist/Performer. 
    With Allison Baker. 
    Moscow, Russia.  July 2018.

    “Unsound Methods?”
    Installation and Multimedia Performance.
    Rhetoric Society of America Bi-Annual Conference.
    With Dr. Cory Holding, Dr. Matt Sumera, Josh Gumiela, Riley Miller, Allison Baker
    and the Institute for Aesthetic Advocacy
    Minneapolis, MN, May 2018.
     

    “How to Write a Poem that Costs You $175k Plus the Lady.”
    Runner Up:
    Miller Audio Prize for Humor
    Missouri Review.
    Spoken Word Performance.  Artist.
    With Dr. Matt Sumera, Josh Gumiela, and Dr. Jason McGrath.
    Spring 2017.

     

    “Sonance: An Interdisciplinary Discussion Concerning
    the Affects of Human Noise on Other Animals.” 

    Sound Performance and Art Residency.  Artist.
    University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment. 
    With Josh Gumiela and Dr. Matt Sumera. 
    Minneapolis, MN.  November 2017.


    “Love Everlasting.”
    Invited Multimedia Performance.

    With Michael Gallope, Jason McGrath, Matt Sumera, and Travis Workman. 

    Italian Film Society of Minneapolis. 
    Minneapolis, MN.  February 2016. 

     

     “dronesTruck: Operation Scarewaves.”
    Grant Funded Art Installation. 
    With Josh Gumiela
    Saint Paul, MN.  October 2015.

     

    “Endlessly Repeating Endlessly.

    Northern Sparks Arts Festival. 
    Juried Multimedia Performance.
    With Michael Gallope, Josh Gumiela, Jason McGrath, Matt Sumera, and Travis Workman.
    Minneapolis, MN. June 2015. 

     

    “dronesTruck.” 
    Hamline-Midway Arts Festival.
    Juried Multimedia Installation.  
    With Josh Gumiela.
    St. Paul, MN.  June 2015.

    • "What Would Jesus Program?”

      Rhetoric Society of America.

      Portland, OR.  May 2020

      “Racist Robots: A Visual Primer on Understanding Algorithmic Bias.” 

      Midwest Business Administrative Association/Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Joint Conference.

      With Tom Freeman and Dan Schneider. Chicago, IL.  March 2020

       

      “Rhetoric Versus the Robots II: The Ethics of Algorithmic Unreliability.” 

      International Society for the Study of Narrative.

      With Weston Cregut and Rebekah Winkel. New Orleans, LA.  March 2020

       

      “Privacy 3.0: Using Narrative Theory to Navigate Legal, Corporate, and Community Debates on Algorithmic Ethics.”

      Data, Law, and AI Ethics Research Colloquium. Washington and Lee School of Law.

      With Thomas Freeman.  Lexington, VA.  April 2019

      invited academic presentations and conferences

      “Using the