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William A. Kern Professorship in Communications

Kern Conference on Visual Communication

April 24-26, 2014

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6th Kern Conference on Visual Communication
Communicating Identity/Consuming Difference

April 24-26, 2014

Invited Speakers


Robin Means Coleman

Communication Studies/Afroamerican & African Studies
University of Michigan

Robin Means Coleman is Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the author of Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present (2011, Routledge) and African-American Viewers and the Black Situation Comedy: Situating Racial Humor (2000, Routledge). She is the editor of Say It Loud! African American Audiences, Media, and Identity (2002, Routledge) and co-editor of Fight the Power! The Spike Lee Reader (2008, Peter Lang). She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles. Her research and commentary has been eatured in a variety of international and national media outlets. Her current research focuses on the NAACP’s participation in media activism. She was a 2012 Program Fellow in the University of California-Berkeley Executive Leadership Academy. She is also the recipient of the University of Michigan Harold R. Johnson Diversity Award, the National Communication Association AACCD & the Black Caucus Scholar Award for Publishing, the New York University Teaching Excellence Award, and of the Chatham College Alumnae “Cornerstone” Award. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Michigan, she was on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh and at New York University.

David Crockett

Marketing
University of South Carolina

David Crockett is Associate Professor of Marketing at University of South Carolina. His primary research interest is in sociological aspects of consumer behavior, particularly the consequences of social inequality. His research investigates the creation, manifestation, and resolution of class, gender and racial inequality in the marketplace, and addresses consumer, managerial, and public policy initiatives designed to alleviate nequality. Emerging areas of interest in his research include health-related policy and social enterprise. His Ph.D. is from University of Arizona.

Ammina Kothari

Journalism
Rochester Institute of Technology

Ammina Korhari is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology Her research focuses on issues related to health, gender, technology and religion that are situated within the contexts of global communication, journalism and media studies. Professor Kothari often employs a multi-method approach to her work, which has included in-depth interviews, content analyses, textual analysis and structural equation modeling. Professor Kothari’s dissertation examined how journalistic practices and the relationship between journalists and their news sources, influences media coverage of HIV/AIDS in Tanzania. She was awarded two university-wide competitive research fellowships in 2010 to conduct her fieldwork in Tanzania, which involved interviews with journalists and leaders of NGOs. In addition to interviews, she also conducted semiotic and content analyses of newspaper texts, to examine how media representations contributed to the social construction of HIV/AIDS. Some of her on-going research projects include comparative analyses f global journalistic practices within the context of emerging media platforms; how the media conveys information based on the newsworthiness of the issue; and exploring effective channels for message transmission based on topics and target demographics.

Alexander Brier Marr

Visual and Cultural Studies
University of Rochester

Alexander Brier Marr is PhD Candidate in Visual and Cultural Studies at the University of Rochester. His dissertation, “Aesthetics of Dwelling: Native Architecture in American Visual Culture,” examines how American and Indigenous artists have depicted Native American house forms. American Indian Art Magazine and Museum Anthropology Review have published his writing on the display of Native art. His curatorial work includes the 2011 exhibit at the University of Rochester, “Theatres of Memory: Edward Curtis’s The North American Indian.” The American Philosophical Society, the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Susan B. Anthony Institute have supported his research. In addition, Alex sits on the editorial board of InVisible Culture.

Derek Conrad Murray

History of Art and Visual Culture
University of California, Santa Cruz

Derek Conrad Murray is Assistant Professor of History of Art and Visual Culture at University of California, Santa Cruz. His Ph.D. is in History of Art from Cornell University. He is an interdisciplinary theorist specializing in the history, theory and criticism of contemporary art, African-American/African Diaspora art and culture, Post-Black art and aesthetics, theoretical approaches to identity and representation, critical issues in art practice, and the methodologies and ethics of Art History and Visual Studies. He has contributed to leading magazines and journals of contemporary art such as American Art, Art in America, Parachute, Art Journal, Exit EXPRESS, the Documenta 12 Magazine Project, Public Art Review, Third Text and Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art (Duke University Press), where he currently serves as Associate Editor. Murray was extensively interviewed in MSNBC correspondent Toure’s book Who’s Afraid of Post Blackness: What It Means to Be Black Now (Atria Books, 2012).

Radhika Parameswaran

Journalism
Indiana University

Radhika Parameswaran is Professor in the School of Journalism and adjunct faculty in the cultural studies, India Studies, and gender studies programs at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She is currently the editor of Communication, Culture, and Critique, an official journal of the International Communication Association. She was a visiting research professor at the Annenberg School for Communication, University of Pennsylvania; Faculty-in-Residence at University of Colorado, Boulder; invited expert at the NCA Doctoral Honors Seminar; and a research expert twice for junior faculty workshops at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is the recipient of six top research paper awards (five from AEJMC and one from ICA). Her publications include a 2013 Wiley-Blackwell edited encyclopedic volume on global audience studies, two monographs, 24 articles in leading journals in communication and media studies, and thirteen book chapters. She is a member of the advisory board of the Mellon-funded “Framing the Global” project at Indiana University, Bloomington. Her research has been published in a variety of academic journals including Journal of Children & Media, Communication, Culture, & Critique, Journal of Communication Inquiry, Critical Studies in Media Communication, Communication Theory, Qualitative Inquiry, Communication Review, and Frontiers: A Journal of Women's Studies. She serves as a mentor for the School of Journalism’s honors program, and she is the recipient of three outstanding teaching awards from the School of Journalism. Her current research project examines transnational media activism that targets issues of colorism, beauty, and sexism in India.

Katherine Sredl

Marketing
University of Notre Dame

Katherine Sredl is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Mendoza College of Business, University of Notre Dame. She has an M.S in Advertising and a Ph.D. in Communications from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research is focused on consumer behavior, specifically, the relationship between the market structures and family consumer behavior, and advertising, with an emphasis on the co-constructive relationship between advertising, gender, and consumption.

Kevin Thomas

Advertising and Public Relations
University of Texas, Austin

Kevin Thomas is Assistant Professor of Advertising and Public Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. He investigates the socio-cultural impact of marketing communication and consumer behavior. His primary research interest pertains to understanding the relationship between marketing communication, consumption practices, and notions of self and community. Using a consumer culture theory (CCT) perspective, Dr. Thomas explores the ways in which identity markers (i.e. race, gender, class, and sexuality) are represented in marketing communication and experienced in the marketplace. Other areas of research interests include multicultural advertising, issues of diversity and marketplace discrimination, and entrepreneurship and marketplace empowerment.

Tracy Worrell

Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology

Tracy Worrell is an Associate Professor of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. in Speech Communication from Otterbein University, and degrees in Communication from the niversity of Cincinnati (M.A.) and Michigan State University (Ph.D.). As a researcher Professor Worrell has predominantly focused on examining health messages and the media. She has written numerous conference papers and has been published in journals such as Health Communication and the Howard Journal of Communication. Publications have explored areas such as the portrayal of illness on television and its impact on those with said illnesses to creating effective health messages to promote behavior change. Professor Worrell’s current interests are in continuing to examine the portrayal of illness and disability in the media and studying the use of mobile health in promoting behavior change.

Invited Panel Members

Andrea Hickerson

Journalism
Rochester Institute of Technology

Andrea Hickerson is an Assistant Professor of Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology. She has a B.A. in Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University; a M.A. in Journalism and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin; and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington. She joined the RIT faculty in 2009, when the journalism degree program officially launched. Professor Hickerson conducts research on journalism routines and political communication, specifically as they relate to immigrant and transnational communities. She is currently working on a project called “The Immigrant Journalist in the Digital Age,” which explores the role of media in immigrant communities in the U.S.

Mike Johansson

Communication
Rochester Institute of Technology

Mike Johansson is a Lecturer in Communication at Rochester Institute of Technology. He has an M.A. in Newspaper Journalism from Syracuse University, and a Master Certificate in Integrated Online Marketing from University of San Francisco. He spent 20+ years in various capacities for media companies in New Zealand, Australia, Britain and the United States before joining the Department of Communication in 2009. Among his achievements in the business world: He won two fellowships to the Pointer Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida (for publication design and media ethics studies), was one of 12 UC-Berkeley Digital Journalism Fellows in 2003 and in 2004 founded insider, a free weekly for 20-somethings in Rochester. In addition to teaching, speaking and writing about journalism, public relations and advertising copywriting he has a passion for social media and how they are changing all forms of communication.

Jenn Poggi

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology

Jenn Poggi is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at Rochester Institute of Technology. She joined RIT in 2013 following four years at the White House, where she served as a picture editor and deputy director of the Photo Office. Jenn began her career in 1994 as a photo assistant with the Associated Press in New York and later worked as a picture editor covering national, international, and sports news. In 1998, she joined U.S. News & World Report as an assistant picture editor handling national and political news. She went on to serve as deputy director of photography at the magazine. In 2008, Jenn was awarded a John S. and James L. Knight Fellowship at Ohio University's School of Visual Communication where she taught picture editing and completed her master’s course work in multimedia and newsroom graphics management.