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William A. Kern Professorship in Communications

Kern Conference on Visual Communication

April 24-26, 2014

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Speaker Series

The William A. Kern Speaker Series brings innovative thinkers to the RIT campus to share interdisciplinary insights into contemporary issues of communication, media, and consumer culture.

Upcoming Speakers:


Lisa Hostetler

Curator-in-Charge, Department of Photography, George Eastman House
October 16


Barbara Phillips

Rawlco Scholar in Advertising and Professor of Marketing,
University of Saskatchewan, Canada
October 23


Gordon Coonfield

Associate Professor of Communication & Director of Graduate Studies,
Villanova University
November 13


Past Speakers have included:


Katherine Sredl

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Mendoza School of Business,
University of Notre Dame
"A Feminism of a Generation": Examining Multi-Platform Consumption of GIRLS
Saturday April 26 | 10:45 | Strathallan Hotel Ballroom
(part of Kern Conference in Visual Communication)


Gloria Kim

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow of Media,
Hobart William & Smith Colleges
Future Tense: “Pathogenic Nation-Making” and Engineering the Imminent Threat of Avian Flu
Thursday, April 17, 2014 | 11:00 am | James E. Gleason Hall, Room 2159


Jonathan Bean

Assistant Professor of Markets, Innovation & Design,
Bucknell University
Fairytale Brands
Thursday, February 20, 2014 |3:45 pm | Liberal Arts Hall, McKenzie Commons, Room 1251 (1st Floor Level)


Lewis Gordon

Professor of Philosophy and Africana Studies
University of Connecticut
Europhilosophy Visiting Professor at Toulouse University, France
and Nelson Mandela Visiting Professor at Rhodes University, South Africa
Living Thought, Living Freedom: Themes in Africana Philosophy
Wednesday November 13 | Eastman Building, Room 2000 | 4:00 pm
joint with Department of Philosophy


Margo Buchanan-Oliver

Professor of Marketing and Director of the Centre for Digital Enterprise,
University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand
Brand Pathologies: 'Monstrous' Consumer Relationships and the Media Brand Twilight
Thursday October 17, 2013 | Eastman Building, Room 3287 | 6:00 pm


Bruce Barnes

Director, George Eastman House
Eastman House -- Forward
Thursday September 19, 2013 | Carlson Auditorium | 6:00 pm


Ryan Looysen

Retail Leader & People Developer of Lush Sweden, Stockholm Sweden
The Social Media Paradox: Narrow, Deep, and Dangerous
Wednesday March 27, 2013 | Eastman Building, Room 3287 | 6:00 pm


John Tagg

Professor of Art History & Comparative Literature, Binghamton University
Discipline and Protest: Thinking Photography after Foucault
(joint with Eugene Fram Chair in Critical Thinking)
Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Carlson Auditorium | 6 pm


Minh-ha Pham

Assistant Professor, History of Art & Visual Studies Departmentand Asian American Studies Program, Cornell University
Personal Style Blogs and DIY Race: On Race, Aesthetics, and Capitalism
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 | Carlson Auditorium (76-1125) | 2:00 pm


Zeynep Arsel

Assistant Professor of Marketing, Concordia University, Canada
Taste Regimes and Market-Mediated Practice
(joint with Saunders College of Business)
Thursday December 13, 2012 | Max Lowenthal Hall | 4 – 6 pm


Jonathan Clancy

Program Director, American Fine & Decorative Art, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York City
Crafting Modernism(s): American Studio Ceramics in the Post-War Period
(in conjunction with the Frans Wildenhain Exhibition)
Thursday September 13, 2012 | Carlson Auditorium | 4 – 6 pm


Allison Sekuler

Associate Vice-President & Dean of Graduate Studies, and Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience, McMaster University, Canada

Patrick J. Bennett

Professor, and Canada Research Chair in Vision Science, McMaster University, Canada
Aging, Vision and the Real World
(joint with Department of Psychology)
April 18. 2012 | Carlson Auditorium | 12 - 2


Detlev Zwick

Associate Professor of Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto
Marketers as the new Communists: Socialized Marketing, Capitalist Commonism, and the Knowledge Consumer
April 17, 2012 | Golisano Hall, 70-1400 | 10 - 12


Sunny Tsai

Assistant Professor of Advertising, University of Miami School of Communication
Minority Consumers and the Political Ideologies of Targeted Advertising
March 29, 2012 | Webb Auditorium | 10 - 12


Markus Giesler

Associate Professor of Marketing, Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto
Doppelgänger Brand Images: How They Arise and Are Combated Over the Life of a Technology Brand
March 22, 2012 | Carlson Auditorium| 10 - 12


Jacqueline Botterill

Associate Professor, Department of Popular Culture, Communication and Film, Brock University, Canada
Property Porn: A Visual Analysis of Real-Estate Advertising
January 26, 2012 | Eastman Building, room 2000 | 10 - 12


Lilia Ziamou

Associate Professor of Marketing, Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York
Creating a Compelling Engagement Experience: Lessons from the Rubin Museum of Art
January 12, 2012 | Bamboo Room, 6 – 8 pm


Miko Dymek

Research Specialist, Jung Relations Communication Agency, Stockholm, and Postdoctoral Researcher, Uppsala University, Sweden
Simulational Media – A Meandering Journey Towards a Mass-Culture of Games
Thursday, December 1, 2011 | Carlson Auditorium, 7 -9 pm


Xin Zhao

Associate Professor, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Brands and the Mythology of Nation-Building in Chinese Society
Monday, October 17, 2011 | Webb Auditorium, 12 – 2 pm


Ruth Bereson

Director, Arts Management Program, University at Buffalo
Unwrapping Christo: A City in Conversation with its Past and Present, Politicians, Artists, Academics, and a Local and International Audience
May, 5, 2011 | James E. Gleason Hall, Room 2139 | 12.00


Ashlee Humphreys

Assistant Professor, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
From Conservation to Sustainability: The Discursive Life of Environmentalism
March 31, 2011 | Carlson Auditorium | 12.00