Category: College of Communication
Mobile and social technology: they are, thus far, the defining feature of the 21st century. Emerging technologies such as Google’s “Project Glass” reveal that the future will be all about offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of relevant data on an individualized basis. In an instant, users will be able to access location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users.
This new world promises change, but it is not a world we must enter into blindly. In preparation, the Boston University College of Communication hosts “Living Inside Mobile Social Information,” an academic workshop that will draw upon existing evidence to aid in understanding these likely changes. Taking place on April 29-30, the workshop will bring together scholars in hopes of moving past casual speculation and instead drawing on systematic social-science based analyses.
In addition, there will be a free forum open to the public on Monday, April 29 from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm at the Boston University Castle, 225 Bay State Road. Titled “Small Wonder: An Exploration of Knowing Something about Anything,” the public session will feature Peppino Ortoleva, a professor at the Università di Torino, who will present “Homo ludicus on the move: The ubiquity of play and the fragmentation of time.” Professors from the University of Michigan Scott W. Campbell and Joseph Bayer as well as Rich Ling from the IT University of Copenhagen will present on “The case of the missing phone: Implications of Google Glass for the embeddedness of mobile communication.” Though no advanced registration is necessary, a sign-in will begin at 4:15 pm. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-served basis.
More information available here.
Members of the journalism community have gathered at Boston University 12 times before to strengthen their craft and learn from peers about the “power of narrative.” Despite changes in technology since its 1998 inception, the mission of the conference has remained the same: “to impart the down-to-earth humanity that characterizes the genre of narrative journalism.” This year’s conference, titled “The Power of Narrative: Storytelling Journalism Goes Digital,” celebrates and explores the genre as it expands into digital media. Hosted by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), the conference will span three days, April 5-7, complete with keynote talks, breakout sessions, skills workshops and café sessions with speakers.
This year’s conference will celebrate the rich 40-year history of the craft of narrative journalism, tracing its evolution to the digital age. Masters of the craft, including Pulitzer, Robert F. Kennedy, Edward R. Murrow, Peabody, and National Book Award winners, and leading broadcasters and documentary filmmakers, will share their know-how alongside many of the innovators in digital narrative journalism.
Keynote speakers for the 2013 conference include Tracy Kidder, Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner and author of nine non-fiction books including The Soul of a New Machine and Mountains Beyond Mountains. Additional keynote speakers include veteran magazine editor Richard Todd, NPR Middle-East correspondent Kelly McEvers, and columnist Ann Friedman along with COM faculty members Dick Lehr and Mitchell Zuckoff. The conference will also feature more than 25 different breakout sessions that will cover a variety of topics, including narrative in the digital age, multimedia publishing, audience engagement, the role of photojournalism and the full spectrum of journalism (see full schedule).
The 2013 Narrative Conference will be held at the Boston University School of Management at 595 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA. The conference is intended for practitioners, teachers, and early and mid-career writers and editors interested in narrative journalism. The conference covers print, radio, podcasts, web-based multi-media, slide/sound productions, dedicated apps, and documentary film.
During this formal debate, two teams, each consisting of two guest speakers and one Boston University student, will go head-to-head to present arguments and rebuttals on issues of great importance in the November 6th election.
- Mary Anne Marsh, Democratic political analyst on the FOX News Channel
- William R. Keylor, professor of international relations and author of A World of Nations: The International Order since 1945
- Bing West, co-author of the recently published Into the Fire: A Firsthand Account of the Most Extraordinary Battle in the Afghan War and former Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
- John Podhoretz, columnist, editor and former speechwriter for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. H. Bush
- Aaron Heller (CAS ’14)
- Michael Neminski (CAS ’15)
Audience members will play an active role in the conversation and, after hearing from both sides, will ultimately choose the winning team.
The Great Debate will take place at the Tsai Performance Center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Is the way Americans experience politicians and political conflict different now from how it was in the past?
On October 25 at 4pm, Dr. Diana C. Mutz will deliver the 3rd Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture entitled, “In Your Face Politics: Television and the Intensification of Political Emotions.” During her presentation, Dr. Mutz will draw on a series of experimental and survey studies to illuminate the consequences of incivility and the unique visual perspective of televised politics. Dr. Mutz’s findings have implications for understanding the strong emotions tied to contemporary politics.
Dr. Mutz is a Samuel A. Stouffer Professor of Political Communication and Director of the Institute for the Study of Citizens and Politics at the University of Pennsylvania. She specializes in research on public opinion, political psychology and mass political behavior with an emphasis on political communication.
Judy A. Smith, the nation’s top crisis manager, attorney, author, BU alumna, and co-executive producer and inspiration behind ABC’s hot new television drama, Scandal, will be on campus Monday, September 24 for Inside a Scandal: Sex, Politics and Drama. The discussion with Smith will occur in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center, 8 St. Mary’s Street, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Smith is the founder and President of Smith & Company, a leading strategic and crisis communications firm with offices in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. Over the last 25 years, Ms. Smith has brought her unique combination of communication skills, media savvy, legal and political acumen to clients facing a wide array of issues and challenges throughout the United States and abroad.
The talk will be moderated by BU alumna and WCVB-TVs Karen Holmes Ward and will include exclusive screenings of scenes from Season 2 of Scandal.
The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP by September 19th to reserve a seat.
Scholars of film and the performing arts will gather September 27th – 29th to debate the work of German director Werner Schroeter who, by the time of his death in 2010, was considered one of the key creative forces in film, theater and opera in Europe. Co-sponsored by the Boston University College of Communication (COM), Cinema, Opera, Art: The Passion of Werner Schroeter, will bring together scholars from Germany, Austria, Australia, and the U.S. for an international, interdisciplinary conference. The conference will examine different facets of Schroeter’s four decades-long career, including his late-60s and early-70s avant-garde films, his German and internationally-made art house features, his documentaries, and his passion for theater and opera.
Cinema, Opera, Art is free and open to the public and will be hosted at the Goethe-Institut, the German cultural center at 170 Beacon Street, Boston. The conference schedule is: Sept. 27th: 5:30 – 9:00 PM, Sept. 28th: 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Sept. 29th: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Speakers include: Stefan Drößler (Film Museum Munich); Gertrud Koch (Freie Universität Berlin); Christine Noll Brinckmann (Prof. Emeritus, University of Zurich, Switzerland); Michelle Langford (The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia); Charles Warren (Boston University and Harvard University); Edward Dimendberg (University of California, Irvine); Ken Eisenstein (Mount Holyoke College); Eric Rentschler (Harvard University); Gerd Gemünden (Dartmouth College); Fatima Naqvi (Rutgers University); Roy Grundmann (Boston University); and John Gianvito (Emerson College).
Cinema, Opera, Art will be held in conjunction with two other events: a retrospective of Schroeter’s films at the Harvard Film Archive, 24 Quincy Street, Cambridge; and a photo exhibition of the work of Schroeter’s long-time stage and costume designer, AlberteBarsacq, at the Goethe-Institut.
Boston University’s College of Communication is hosting Mashable’s third annual Social Media Day on Saturday, June 30. Join fellow social media enthusiasts for drinks, networking opportunities, and the chance to learn from leading industry experts. Guest speakers will include Peter Stringer, Senior Director of Interactive Media at the Boston Celtics, and Unity Stoakes, co-founder and president of StartUp Health. The event will take place in the Tsai Performance Center and check-in begins at 1:30 P.M.
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* Event location was updated on June 27
On Thursday April 5th, Dr. Maxwell McCombs will give a lecture as part of the College of Communication‘s Dr. Melvin L. DeFleur Distinguished Lecture Series. Dr. McCombs, who is Professor and Jesse H. Jones Chair in Communications at the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, will present “Do the Media Tell Us What to Think About? The Psychology of Agenda Setting.” His lecture will address the contemporary communication landscape in which an unprecedented amount of information is available for consumption and navigation and the role the media plays in shaping how we perceive it. His talk will take place in the Colloquium Room of the Photonics Center from 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow. This event is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the Communication Research Center: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Wednesday, March 28th from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., NPR’s Robin Young will host a screening of “No Way Out But One”, a controversial new documentary that tells the story of Holly Collins, an American woman who kidnapped her own children to save them from a life of abuse. Pursued by the FBI, Holly fled the country and became the first American woman to ever be granted asylum by the government of the Netherlands, due to domestic violence. The film is being presented as part of Women Take the Reel, a Boston-based film festival focused on movies that are all written and/or directed by women. Immediately after the film, Robin Young will moderate a discussion with Holly Collins, the filmmaker Garland Waller, and Dr. Eli Newberger of Harvard and Children’s Hospital. This event will take place in COM 101 and is free and open to the public.
Boston University’s College of Communication is hosting the NarrativeArc Conference this weekend, March 23-25. The conference has celebrated and explored narrative journalism since 1998, and this year continues the discussion on the topic of evolving digital media forms. The NarrativeArc Conference is again directed by its founder, Mark Kramer, and includes a host of accomplished speakers. Featured speakers include Jay Allison, broadcast journalist and leader; Maria Balinska, founder of Latitude News; and Joe Bergantino, co-founder/co-director of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting . A number of other prominent speakers will present on topics involving the digital age of storytelling journalism and its implications for the future of the field. Events for this program will be held at the Metcalf Trustee Center and the Boston University School of Management.
This event is sold out. Click here to sign up for advanced information about next year’s NarrativeArc Conference.