Rochester Institute of Technology’s sixth Kern Conference on Visual Communication will be held April 24–26 at the Strathallan Hotel, 550 East Ave., Rochester. The theme for this year’s conference is Communicating Identity/Consuming Difference.
“Communicating identity—hero, villain, native, immigrant, minority, celebrity, terrorist—often leads to controversy and conflict,” said Jonathan Schroeder, the William A. Kern Professor of Communications at RIT and conference chair. “These identities are frequently represented with implicit comparative differences, such as friend versus foe, or familiar versus strange. This conference seeks to explore how identities are presented and performed in consumer culture, and why it matters.”
Conference presenters include:
Invited panelists from RIT include Andrea Hickerson, assistant professor of communication; Mike Johansson, lecturer in communication; and Jenn Poggi, visiting assistant professor, College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.
Registration is open; go to www.rit.edu/cla/kern for information and a detailed schedule of speakers. The conference is sponsored by the William A. Kern Endowment in Communication, RIT’s College of Liberal Arts and Department of Communication, and the Associate on Consumer Research. For more information, contact Schroeder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Cassandra Shellman at email@example.com or 585-475-2057.