Alum Amy Jordan Honored with Major Alumni Award

September 20th, 2014 Comments off


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.

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Department Hosts Homecoming Open House

September 15th, 2014 Comments off

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!

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Faculty receive Teagle Foundation grants for digital learning

September 5th, 2014 Comments off

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.

Recent Grad Julie Kelly Launches Crowd-Funding Campaign for Middle-School Documentary Program

September 2nd, 2014 Comments off

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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.

Here's the link to the campaign.

Kelly, who was extensively involved in HYPE, is an exciting, early-career example of the department's social justice mission in action.

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Dr. Sullivan Publishes a Book Review on Cloud Computing

August 19th, 2014 Comments off


John L. Sullivan, Professor of Media & Communication, addressed the implications of cloud computing in a book review for the International Journal of Communication. Sullivan reviewed To the Cloud: Big Data in a Turbulent World, published this year by Vincent Mosco, a prominent media scholar at Canada's Queen's University. As Sullivan writes in the review,

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.

The full review, licensed under an open access Creative Commons license, can be read online.

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HYPE Documentary Now Online

July 22nd, 2014 Comments off

The HYPE documentary “State of the Art(s)”, screened at the Civic Theatre on July 15, is now online.

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HYPE’s “State of the Art(s)” Documentary Screening Tuesday at Civic Theatre

July 9th, 2014 Comments off



HYPE will screen its new short documentary, “State of the Art(s),” this Tuesday at the Civic Theatre. Here are the details:

“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.

HYPE is an award-winning media education initiative co-directed by Jenna Azar and Dr. Lora Taub-Pervizpour, and supported by the Media & Communication department and the RJ Fellows program at Muhlenberg

See photos from the project’s making here.

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Dr. Corbin Publishes Article on Cinema Spectatorship

July 7th, 2014 Comments off

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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.

Congratulations, Dr. Corbin!

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Dr. Nathanson Co-edits Special Issue, with Essay Contribution from Dr. McEwan

July 2nd, 2014 Comments off

Elizabeth Nathanson, assistant professor in the Media & Communication department, co-edited a special issue of the Cinema Journal Teaching Dossier centered on teaching film and media studies at liberal arts colleges like Muhlenberg. The issue features six essays, including one by Paul McEwan, associate professor of Film Studies and Media & Communication, “Teaching Production in a Liberal Arts Context”. The special issue is available online.

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Dr. Sullivan Promoted to Full Professor

April 26th, 2014 Comments off

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. John-Sullivan-7-20121025-194826

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