Joe Kohlburn

St. Louis, MO

Joe Kohlburn is a PhD student in Information Science at University of Missouri. He is also a practicing academic librarian and art historian. Joe is interested in activist media ecologies, the emotional and intellectual life of librarians, the means by which art investigates and challenges the social, political, and ethical underpinnings of culture, in artists as complete beings, and in the communicative and occult mechanisms of creative practice. He is 2022 Chair of the Missouri Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee, and working on various studies on media use and consumption and information seeking among gamers and readers. Joe is co-creator of Critical Conversations, and host of the 5 Questions Podcast, both Critical Mass for the Visual Arts programs.