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2011-2012 Academic Year

“Portrayal of Women in News and Other Media," a talk by Victoria Rowell
March 29, 2012

Actress and New York Times best-selling author Victoria Rowell discussed the portrayal of women in the media, both positively and negatively, during a talk on March 29, 2012. As a woman in the media spotlight Rowell has first hand experiences with how women are portrayed, both positively and negatively, across various mediums. In a compelling and insightful way, she drew from her real life experiences and her unique perspective and shared these with RIT and the Rochester community.  

Victoria Rowell is an actress, advocate, mother, a former foster child and now a best-selling author. Her memoir, “The Women Who Raised Me,” received The African American Literary Award and two NAACP Image Award nominations in the literary category. She is best known for her TV roles in Diagnosis Murder (Dr. Amanda Bentley) and in the Young and the Restless (Drucilla Winters).

Pictures from the March 29 book-signing and lecture (click to enlarge)

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Photo Exhibition:   9/11: The First 36 Hours
Opening Remarks:  Aristide Economopoulos, Award-Winning Photojournalist and RIT alumnus,
September 9, 2011


Aristide Economopoulos, an award-winning photojournalist with the Newark Star-Ledger and an RIT alumnus, presented “9/11: Reflections and Remembrances” on Sept. 9 [view video].  The talk was hosted by the Paul & Louise Miller Endowed Professorship.

Economopoulos is one of eight RIT alumni whose work from 9/11 was on display through Oct. 17, 2011 in the Frank E. Gannett Building lobby.

About:  Aristide Economopoulos has been a staff photographer at The Newark Star-Ledger since November 2000. Previously he was on staff at the State Journal-Register, IL, and the Jasper Herald, IN. He has covered local to international assignments ranging from the 9/11 attacks in New York City, Athens Olympics, Cuba, Norway, England, Ireland and Northern Ireland, The White House and the 2000, 2004 and 2008 elections, the conflict in the Middle East to hog wrestling in Indiana.

Thorough his work, he has won numerous awards including in World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the NPPA's Best of Photojournalism, Casey Medal, Scripps Howard National Journalism Award for Photography, Southern Photographer of the Year and Best in Show at the Southern Short Course in News Photography, and Best in Show at the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. A four-time winner of NYC Press Photographer of the Year, a portfolio of his work from the 9/11 attacks in New York City was honored first place in Pictures of the Year International for Magazine and Newspaper photographers. In 2005 he was part of the staff that won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.

Economopoulos resides in Jersey City, NJ, with his wife and fellow photojournalist Julia Xanthos.