First week of school, wednesday

Michael Lane Bruner (Professor of Rhetoric and Politics), who will be on personal leave in the spring 2014 semester, has recently published several essays and book chapters:

  • M. Lane Bruner and Susan Balter-Reitz, “Snyder v. Phelps: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Spectacular Erasure of the Tragic Spectacle,” Rhetoric & Public Affairs (Winter, 2013), 242-67.
  • M. Lane Bruner, “The Performance Worlds of the Lost Tribe and the Carma Bums,”Liminalities 9 (Winter, 2013), 1-24.
  • M. Lane Bruner, “Democracy without Class: Examining the Political Unconscious of the United States,” in Living With Class: Philosophical Reflections on Identity and Material Culture, Ron Scapp and Brian Seitz, eds. (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2013), 133-52.

Nneka Logan (a recent Ph.D. graduate and current faculty member at Virginia Tech) and M. Lane Bruner, “The Supreme Court and Money as Speech: A Rhetorical Analysis of Landmark Corporate Speech Rights Rulings,” inCommunication/Economy: Value, Meaning and Agency in the Twenty-First Century, Josh Hanan and Mark Hayward, eds. (New York: Peter Lange, 2014), 233-58.

Several of our colleagues are just back from Madison and the November 20-24, 2013, University of Wisconsin Film & History annual conference.  Graduate student Vanessa Ament presented a paper called “Walking to the Beat of a Different Drummer:  Foley Artists in Europe Adapt to Changing Economics and Technologies.”  Graduate student Ece Krane presented “Black Propaganda in Zero Dark Thirty: Point of View and Spectatorial Identification.”

Hongmei Li (Assistant Professor, Media and Society) was notified last week that she has been selected to receive aNational Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Faculty Fellowship. The fellowship will involve her in the January 2014 NATPE Marketplace and Conference in Miami Beach, Florida.

Congratulations to Ian Peters, a university Second Century Initiative research fellow, who defended his dissertation prospectus last Friday (Nov 22).  The project is entitled “’Hello Shoppers?’ – Themed Spaces, Immersive Popular Culture Exhibition, and Museum Pedgagogy.  Peters is advised by Ted Friedman.

Congratulations to Neal Hinnant, who last Friday (Nov 22) successfully defended his M.A. thesis.  “Practicing Work, Perfecting Play: League of Legends and the Sentimental Education of eSports,” was advised by Ted Friedman.

Colleen McEdwards (Lecturer, Journalism) learned last week that she has been competitively selected to participate in the 3rd annual Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, which runs at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University.  Colleen’s involvement with the program, which is an intensive five-day seminar, will happen in January 2014.The institute is taught by Dan Gillmor, an internationally recognized author and leader in new media technology, entrepreneurship and education. Gillmor, a professor of digital media entrepreneurship at the Cronkite School, will be joined by venture capitalists and entrepreneurs from throughout the country who will share their expertise and work directly with participants in this hands-on training.