MET Health Communication Program Cofounder Helps Examine Neighborhood Iconography in Visual Media Journal
In recent a contribution to The Journal of Visual Communications, visual literacy expert Dr. Domenic Screnci, who helped to found Metropolitan College’s groundbreaking MS in Health Communication, turns his eye to a different kind of medium: the religious lawn shrines of Italian American neighborhoods like the East Boston one where he grew up.
“Bathtub Madonnas as Media in an Italian American Neighborhood in Transition” is an analysis of the visual and historical significance of creative devotional iconography by Dr. Regina Marchi, a Rutgers University professor of journalism and media studies, herself a fourth-generation East Bostonian. Screnci, an advisor to BU MET’s Health Communication degree program, was interviewed in the article as a subject expert, given his East Boston roots. The article was the basis of a presentation the pair gave for the Boston Public Library. In addition to The Journal of Visual Communications, the article also appeared in Primo Magazine, a general interest publication that highlights the work of Italian Americans.
Screnci recently published a chapter in System Thinking for Instructional Designers: Catalyzing Organizational Change, from Routledge Press. His contribution, “Rethinking Management Structures in Higher Education,” sheds light on the ways organizations can think differently about managing institutional services supporting teaching and learning in higher education.
For his work in the educational space, Screnci was also honored by the Pirandello Lyceum society with the 2021 I Migliori in Mens et Gesta Award, or, “The Best in Mind and Deed,” for his contributions to his profession, to society, and to the Italian-American community.
BU MET’s Master of Science in Health Communication degree program offers concentrations in Healthcare Promotion, Media & Marketing and Visual & Digital Health Communication. Visit here to read the article.