Amy Jordan, a renowned researcher at the University of Pennsylvania, was honored at last weekend's Alumni Achievement Awards. A 1983 Communication major, Dr. Jordan was honored with the Alumni Achievement in Communication at an award ceremony last Saturday (September 13). Dr. Jordan has authored or edited five books and dozens of peer-reviewed journals articles, won a number of prestigious awards, and was recently elected President-elect of the leading association of media scholars, the International Communication Association.
About 20 recent alums joined department faculty—including Dr. Nathanson, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Taub, Dr. Jansen, Dr. Sullivan, Dr. Ranieri and Dr. Kahlenberg—for the department's Homecoming/Reunion Open House on Saturday. Thanks to everyone who made the trip through the rain to catch up!
LVAIC has received a planning grant of $25,000 from the Teagle Foundation for a 12-month project entitled “Hybrid Learning and the Residential Liberal Arts Experience” to create a plan to develop shared hybrid learning courses and expand faculty experience with and support of using technology in the classroom. Proposals to explore hybrid teaching were solicited from faculty cohorts representing more than one LVAIC institution. Among five proposals selected for funding, Media and Communication faculty are partnering on the following initiatives:
John Sullivan spearheaded a proposal with Jim Brancato at Cedar Crest College, titled Evaluation and Development of web conferencing, online project management, and collaboration tools to enhance existing courses in Media and Communication.
Lora Taub-Pervizpour contributed to a proposal with Lehigh professors Scott Garrigan and Thomas Hammond and Moravian faculty Joseph Shosh, titled, Development of resources for LVAIC faculty for online class collaboration.
Julie Kelly, a 2013 Media & Communication graduate, is conducting a crowd-funding campaign to purchase equipment for a documentary film program she is establishing at a Providence, RI, middle school. Kelly, in her second year with Teach for America, is seeking to purchase a laptop and microphone to support the new media program. Though her campaign is funded, any additional donations will help to defray the other costs that the program is sure to face.
Given the rising importance of the cloud for the future of networked computing, it is difficult to imagine a more propitious time to spark a critical discussion about its role in our society. A spate of recent events such as the Edward Snowden disclosures about NSA domestic electronic surveillance and the FCC’s reconsideration of net neutrality rules, among others, has directed public attention on the future of computing and the dangers of our reliance on an increasingly centralized corporate computing infrastructure. As more and more personal data are stored, shared, and transported via cloud-based services, the need to understand and critically evaluate these interconnected systems has become acute.
“State of the Art(s)”—conceived, shot and edited by HYPE teens—explores the state of arts education in Allentown public schools and raises awareness about the value of arts for individual learners and communities.
Dr. Amy Corbin, assistant professor of Media & Communication and Film Studies, published an article in Continuum: “Travelling through cinema space: the film spectator as tourist”. Here is
the article's abstract:
This paper develops the notion of cinema spectatorship as a travel experience. Drawing on well-known and lesser-known works on spectatorship theory and cinematic space, it argues that part of the pleasure of spectatorship is imagining one is inhabiting a virtual space, distinct from the real space of viewing. Cinematic space is thus fundamentally ‘other’ but it is a contained otherness that allows the spectator both the thrill of experiencing something distinct from one's norm and the comfort of protection from this difference. The dynamic of contained otherness is most akin to the travel experience of tourism. While these qualities are inherent in the medium of fictional moving images, film form also plays a role in accepting a touristic gaze or questioning it.
The department is proud to announce that Dr. John Sullivan has been promoted as full professor of Media & Communication. Dr. Sullivan’s promotion affirms his achievements as a dedicated teacher-scholar and highlights the many contributions he has made as a faculty member to the Muhlenberg community, and to the field. We look forward to welcoming Dr. Sullivan back from a yearlong sabbatical this coming fall. During sabbatical, Dr. Sullivan is working on a new book, Netmedia: The Rise of Online Cultural Industries.