College of Media | News

College of Media | News


  • 7/1/2015
    Owen Kulemeka ’11 Ph. D., public relations assistant professor with the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communications, passed away unexpectedly over the weekend.
  • 5/5/2015
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  • 10/7/2014
    As part of the Homecoming 2014 celebrations the College of Media will welcome back two alumni as official Illini Comebacks guests.
  • 8/4/2014
    The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) is a nonprofit, educational association of journalism and mass communication educators, students and media professionals. The annual conference, held this year in Montréal, will feature a number of papers and discussion with College of Media professors and students.
  • 4/7/2014
    During graduate student appreciation week, the Institute of Communications Research is celebrating its students through three events.
  • 3/12/2014
    "Mobilized Identities: Mediated Subjectivity and Cultural Crisis in the Neoliberal Era" is a collective attempt to capture a glimpse of how modern individuals face and negotiate the crisis of global capitalism, as well as the formation of identity in the realm of media, education, and culture in a highly dense, networked world.
  • 3/12/2014
    ICR student Ergin Bulut has just published an article in one of the top journals of our field, "Television & New Media."
  • 2/25/2014
    PhD student Mel Stanfil has published “The Interface as Discourse: The Production of Norms Through Web Design” in the journal “New Media & Society.”
  • 2/25/2014
    Forty-six students from the College of Media have met the qualifications for membership in the National Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Phi Kappa Phi is the only national honor society that is fully multidisciplinary and that opens its membership to all branches of learning.
  • 2/14/2014
    ICR will host its 3rd Biennial Conference & Reunion March 7-8 2014. Join us for Continuities and Ruptures in Communications Research: Conversations across Interdisciplinary Approaches.
  • 1/30/2014
    In light of the current discussions across campus—and the nation—regarding hateful expression, we believe it is imperative that the College of Media reaffirm our unwavering commitment to fostering an inclusive, multicultural, and hostility-free environment in our campus community.
  • 1/15/2014
    The new documentary “Life Itself,” about the life of Roger Ebert, will be one of the 12 films shown at this year’s Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, or “Ebertfest,” coming April 23-27 to Champaign and Urbana, Ill.
  • 12/6/2013
    A number of ICR students and alumni were featured at recent conferences.
  • 9/30/2013
    Anne Balsamo ’91 PhD, Dean at the New School, New York City, visited the Institute of Communications Research recently.
  • 9/16/2013
    Dr. Ann Reisner will testify as an expert witness on genetically engineered labeling of food for Illinois Senate Bill 1666 on Tuesday, Sept. 17.
  • 9/3/2013
    Four Insitute of Communicaitons Research (ICR) students Alicia Kozma, Martina Baldwin, Mei Bai, and Arnau Roig-Mora as well as ICR alum Steve Jones, just published chapters in the book "Thinking Dead: What the Zombie Apocalypse Means."
  • 7/16/2013
    Gunwoo Yoon, PhD student in the College of Media, has been accepted to the Behavioral Science Summer Workshop at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School. The workshop will be held in August on the Harvard Kennedy School Campus. Application to the program is competitive with only a third of applicants accepted.
  • 7/11/2013
    The Society for Cinema and Media Studies (SCMS) is the leading scholarly organization in the United States dedicated to promoting a broad understanding of film, television, and related media through research and teaching grounded in the contemporary humanities tradition. Several College of Media faculty and students participated in the annual conference in Chicago.
  • 7/11/2013
    The International Association for Media and Communication Research - IAMCR - is the preeminent worldwide professional organization in the field of media and communication research. Several College of Media students participated Dublin 2013 conference.
  • 7/2/2013
    Clifford Christians has been awarded the Media Ecology Association's "Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the Field of Media Ecology."
  • 6/17/2013
    A number of College of Media faculty and graduate students are participating this week in the International Communications Association (ICA) Annual Conference.
  • 6/12/2013
    Dr. Jan Slater has agreed to serve as Dean of the College of Media through August 15, 2015.
  • 4/9/2013
    MACS Prof. Dr. Angharad Valdivia has been invited to speak at the University of California San Diego Department of Communications 30th anniversary.
  • 4/3/2013
    hree additional guests and the schedule of film-related panel discussions have been announced for the 15th annual Roger Ebert's Film Festival, also known as Ebertfest, taking place April 17-21 at the Virginia Theatre in downtown Champaign and at the University of Illinois.
  • 2/28/2013
    MACS Professor, Dr. Angharad Valdivia, will participate in a public program of the National Communications Association entitled Clarifying Conversations, Representations of Race and Identity in Contemporary American Culture on April 16 at Emerson College.
  • 1/18/2013
    Desiree Garcia, an Assistant Professor in the School of Transborder Studies and the Film and Media Studies Program at Arizona State University, will present on And then nothing: Discovering Hollywood's Hispanic Market from Zoot Suit (1981) to A Better Life (2011)
  • 12/19/2012
    Craig Robertson, '04 PhD and associate professor of media and screen studies at Northeastern University, comments in a New York Times article The Paper Trail Through History.
  • 12/18/2012
    On December 9, 53 College of Media students were honored during the December Graduation Reception.
  • 12/17/2012
    Prof. Norman K. Denzin's new book, Indians on Display: Global Commodification of Native America in Performance, Art, and Museums, will publish in May 2013.
  • 12/12/2012
    The 15th Annual Roger Eberts Film Festival has received a 2013 film festival grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The festival, also known as Ebertfest, will receive $20,000 to help pay costs associated with question and answer sessions and panel discussionsboth signature components of the festival.
  • 11/28/2012
    Many Institute of Communications Research students, faculty, and alums were present at the National Communications Association convention November 15 -18.
  • 11/19/2012
    Four ICR students presented their research, Women and Girls in the Making, at the National Women's Studies Association Conference.
  • 11/15/2012
    At the National Womens Studies Association conference held November 8 11, 2012, two of the featured books were written by College of Media alumni.
  • 11/5/2012
    MACS/ICR Prof. Anita Say Chan and MACS affiliate Prof. Kevin Hamilton have been named to an INTERSECT Group for 2013.
  • 11/2/2012
    Jungmin Kwon, PhD student in the Institute of Communications Research, has received a Research in Diversity Travel Award.
  • 10/25/2012
    Janet Wasko 80 PhD, was elected president of the International Association for Media and Communication Research and will serve a four year term.
  • 10/15/2012
    Those wanting to take in all of the next Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, can purchase festival passes starting Nov. 1.
  • 10/10/2012
    Dr. Brittany Duff, Assistant Professor of Advertising, Institute of Communications Research, along with Tiffany Barnett White, Associate Professor of Business Administration, Bruce and Anne Strohm Faculty Fellow, and Alejandro Llerasm Associate Professor of Psychology, Beckman Institute, were granted a $2,000 grant from the Provost's Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Committee for their proposal for a Social and Consumer Psychology Research Brownbag Series.
  • 9/26/2012
    With the 77th Annual Foundation Meeting & Weekend kicking off in just a few days, we wanted to send a friendly reminder. In case you find yourself unable to join us in person during this Fridays Business Meeting (from 911am in Krannert Center), be sure to join us via webcast.
  • 9/7/2012
    There is so much good news to share about the College! Join us for the Chicago Alumni Reunion, Oct. 18.
  • 8/23/2012
    College of Media will be tailgating and alumni are invited! We will have a small tent in Lot 32 just west of the Assembly Hall. If youre back for a football game be sure to stop by, have a snack and hear about whats happening in the College of Media.
  • 8/7/2012
    Construction in Gregory Hall this summer will temporarily relocate some faculty and staff. Before you visit someone at Gregory Hall, please contact him or her by phone or e-mail to determine his or her location. Thanks!
  • 8/2/2012
    The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) will hold its annual conference August 8 12 in Chicago. The College of Media is well represented by faculty and graduate students participating through the presentation of papers, panel discussions and more.
  • 6/15/2012
    College of Media Doctoral student, Darren Stevenson, has received several competitive awards this summer that will help aid in his scholarship and research.
  • 4/20/2012
    The Women's Resources Center is pleased to announce that Prof. Isabel Molina-Guzman has been selected to receive the 2012 Faculty Woman Award as part of the Annual Womens Awards Ceremony, an annual event celebrating womens accomplishments on campus and honoring graduating women scholars.
  • 4/12/2012
    Bryce Henson, ICR student, has been awarded by the The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) a summer Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship to study Portuguese in Brazil in addition to the academic year FLAS for Portuguese language training and further studies on Brazil.
  • 3/28/2012
    From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Crowdsourced Book-Review Project Puts Critiques Online
  • 3/15/2012
    Professor Christian Sandvig [MACS and ICR] was awarded one of two faculty Campus Awards for Excellence in Public Engagement [CAEPE]. Extending his work on new communications infrastrucutre and public policy, Dr. Sandvig has created a long-term mutually beneficial collaboration with the Tribal Digital Village in Pala, California.
  • 3/8/2012
    Professor Christian Sandvig, MACS and ICR, will speak at this month's SXSW Interactive, part of the larger South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival of original music, independent film, and emerging technology.
  • 3/8/2012
    Professor Christian Sandvig, MACS and ICR spoke to a Harvard University symposium on the fate of the truth after the advent of digital media.
  • 3/8/2012
    Lawrence Grossberg, 76 PhD COMM and Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies at University of North Carolina presented How can we sing - - - in a strange land? In search of political possibility.
  • 3/8/2012
    The Institute of Communications Research hosted the second Alumni & Friends Reunion Conference: Producing Knowledge, Pushing Boundaries: 65 Years of Communications Research, March 2-3, 2012 on the U of I Urbana Campus.
  • 2/28/2012
    Professor Lisa Nakamura, MACS and ICR, Director of Asian American Studies, presented a talk entitled "Instrumental Sexism and Homophobia in Virtual World Games" at the University of Chicago sponsored by the Social Media Project at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality on Monday, Feb. 27th, 2012.
  • 2/16/2012

    ICR Alumnus (Ph.D. '08) Ted Gournelos had a very positive book review of his co-edited collection A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony and Satire Shaped Post 9/11 America, edited by Ted Gournelos and Viveca S. Greene (University Press of Mississippi, 2011),

  • 1/18/2012

    Digital Bootcamp is a new, exciting two-day workshop hosted by the College of Media. College students interested in journalism, advertising, media content creation and design in the new digital media landscape can explore the newest tools in digital media in sessions led by top industry practitioners.
    Digital Bootcamp will also include a keynote address – Building Your Brand Online – which will address the importance of and best practices in building your own brand using the latest social media and digital tools. The program will conclude with a panel on future careers in the new digital media landscape. By the end of the workshop, students will know how to develop their digital brand and digital portfolio using various functions of WordPress.
    Digital Bootcamp will be held March 30 – 31, 2012 at the University Center in Chicago. Program details and registration for the program can be found at

  • 12/16/2011

    The Institute of Communications Research invites alumni and friends to attend the 2012 Alumni and Friends Reunion Conference: Producing Knowledge, Pushing Boundaries: 65 Years of Communications Research, March 2-3, 2012, on the Urbana campus. Keynote Speaker Lawrence Grossberg ‘76 PhD COMM and Morris Davis Distinguished Professor of Communication Studies and Cultural Studies at University of North Carolina, will speak on the topic “How can we sing - - - in a strange land? In search of political possibility.” This conference brings together alumni, faculty, friends, and current students to discuss, reflect, and celebrate ICR and its contributions to communications research. The conference will consist of short presentations, panels, and roundtable sessions. Possible topics include ICR and interdisciplinary research, current questions and trends in the field, the ICR tradition, and new directions for communication research. Register online...

  • 12/15/2011

    The College of Media hosted a reception to honor its 66 December 2011 graduates. More than 100 people, including the graduates, their family members and friends, and College faculty and staff gathered at Campbell Hall for Public Telecommunication to celebrate this important milestone.

    Interim Dean Jan Slater welcomed guests and congratulated the graduates, encouraging them that their hard work in the College will serve them well in all their future endeavors. Parents and friends expressed their excitement for their graduates’ accomplishments and enjoyed meeting many of the College’s faculty, advisors and staff. Photos of the event…

    We congratulate these talented College of Media graduates and wish them much success. We invite all alumni to stay connected to the College by updating us with news and contact information on the University of Illinois Alumni Online Directory.

  • 11/17/2011

    Dr. Jan Slater, current Interim Dean of the College of Media, will continue as Interim Dean through the 2012-2013 academic year. Dr. Slater was the Head of the Department of Advertising prior to bringing her expertise and leadership skills to this new role in the college in 2010. For more information, please see this article.


  • 11/17/2011

    Sean Powers, content specialist and visiting on-air host for Illinois Public Media, has been selected to attend the Knight Digital Media Center’s 2011 Digital Storytelling workshop. Sean is one of 20 participants selected to attend. For more information...

  • 11/11/2011

    Chris Benson, associate dean of the College of Media and associate professor of Journalism and African American Studies, was honored with the 2011 Larine Y. Cowen Make A Difference Award on Nov 10. The award, presented by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, recognizes dedication to promoting diversity and the inclusion of all students on campus. “This is a major campus award and really speaks to the College's commitment on issues of diversity and inclusion, as well as the value of multiple perspectives in our work.  It certainly spotlights Chris’ work that is often behind the scenes.” said Jan Slater, interim dean of the College of Media. “Although you never really think about recognition when you set out to do what you can’t help doing,” Benson said, “It is, indeed, a high honor just to have my name associated with Larine Cowan.  She inspired so much positive change throughout her career and moved me to want to do more—especially through my work in media—to enlighten and transform.”  This is the second year in a row that College of Media leadership has been recognized for its commitment to diversity.  Last year, Professor Emeritus Bill Berry, and former interim head of the Department of Advertising, was honored.

  • 11/10/2011

    Alumnus Hal Bruno (JOURN ‘50), remembered for his influence on national political coverage in both print and broadcast media, has died at 83.  His work included time as sportswriter for The Daily Illini; as a print reporter in and around Chicago in the early 1950s; as a domestic reporter, foreign correspondent, news editor and chief political correspondent for Newsweek; and as a political director for ABC News.  He was inducted into the Society of Professional Journalists Hall of Fame in 2008.  Read more about Hal Bruno…


  • 11/2/2011

    Our Chicago Alumni Board hosted its annual alumni reunion on Oct 20 at Rock Bottom Brewery. We were pleased to have a record number of alumni present. "The College of Media has a strong alumni network in Chicago and the reunion provides the perfect setting to reconnect with alums and faculty. I enjoyed catching up with old friends and meeting new ones, as well as getting the scoop on what's happening on campus" said Monica Heckman, ADV '05 Photos of the event...

  • 10/19/2011

    Local journalism is alive and well, but the form it will take in the future is changing. That was the message delivered by Mizell Stewart III, editor of the Evansville (Ind.) Courier & Press, to students and faculty in presentations on campus on Oct. 18-19. Daily Illini Staff Writer Darshan Gopi filed this report.

  • 10/17/2011

    On October 14, 2011, the Institute of Communications Research hosted the ICR Summer Fellows Conference. The Conference featured several panels and poster displays led by graduate students. The panels focused on: 

    • Digital Production and Representation
    • Broadcasting, Networks, and Policy Analyses
    • Critical Cultural Studies and Interpretive Methods
    • Advertising, Narrowcasting, and Commodity Culture

    For more information on the Graduate Student Presentations....

  • 10/14/2011

    ICR Alumnus (Ph.D. ’05) and Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University Dal Yong Jin will present a lecture as part of the Focal Point 2011-2012/Transnational Communications Series called “The Construction of Platform Imperialism in the Digital Age: Continuing US Dominance vs. Emerging Local Power.”  Professor Jin will discuss the shifting notion of imperialism from political, economic, and cultural-based imperialism towards platform.  The goal of this lecture is to discuss whether there is a new notion of imperialism in the fields of media and communication.  The lecture will take place on Thursday, October 20, at 4 pm in English Building Room 160.  For more information…

  • 10/14/2011

    The Department of Media and Cinema Studies will co-sponsor a lecture on Post-Racial News by University of Minnesota Professor Catherine Squires.  Professor Squires will focus on the emergence of the term "post-racial" in contemporary news discourse.  Specifically, she examines the term's use before and after Barack Obama's speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention. She traces its increasing and then decreasing circulation over time and then works to understand it contextually within the so-called "culture wars," as well as within the U.S. racial past. The talk will be held at the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities on Monday, October 24, from 4:10-5:30 pm and is co-sponsored by African American Studies, Communication, Journalism, and the Rhetorical Studies Reading Group.

  • 10/13/2011

    Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the 14th annual Roger Eberts Film Festival, or Ebertfest, to be held April 25-29 at the Virginia Theater in Champaign, Ill., and at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

    The festival will feature films selected by Ebert that he believes have been overlooked by audiences, critics or distributors.

    The passes, which cover all 12 screenings during the five-day event, are $135, plus $2 each for processing. They can be purchased starting Nov. 1 through the festival website, the Virginia Theater website, or the theaters box office (217-356-9063).

    Tickets for individual films will be available April 4. Admission is $13 ($11 for students and seniors).

    A thousand festival passes will be available. In recent years, the passes have sold out within one or two months, according to Mary Susan Britt, festival associate director.

    Ebert, a U. of I. journalism graduate, adjunct professor and Pulitzer Prize-winner, will again host the event, along with his wife, Chaz Hammelsmith Ebert.

    The lineup of films, along with additional information on film-associated guests and other festival events, will be announced several weeks before the festival. Updates on the festival, an event of Illinois College of Media, will be posted on the festival website.

    Sponsors and volunteers for the festival are being sought. Those interested should get in touch with Britt at 217-244-0552, or by e-mail.


  • 10/12/2011

    College of Media alumni, Ryan G. Baker and Paul Schrage, were invited to return to campus as Illini Comeback guests, a program that honors prominent and accomplished alumni. Their time on campus included visits with students, faculty and staff in conjunction with the University-wide homecoming activities. For more information on our 2011 Comeback guests...

  • 10/12/2011

    The second annual TEDxUIllinois conference brought in a range of accomplished and acclaimed speakers to explore topics such as the future of journalism, the worldwide race to create the perfect battery, building a “smarter” Chicago, threats to the freedom of the Internet, and how a pair of traditional institutions — C-SPAN and Major League Baseball — have reinvented themselves online. For those who were unable to attend, videos for many of the sessions are available online.

  • 9/28/2011

    ICR Professor Kent Ono and ICR graduate students Jungmin Kwon and Robert Mejia collaborated with colleagues from across campus to earn a Focal Point grant given out by the Graduate College. The group will convene reading discussions and will feature several high-profile speakers in the area of transnational media and technology. Other units participating include Writing Studies, Anthropology, History, English, and Sociology. For more information…

  • 9/21/2011

    Roger Ebert '64 JOURN was recently interviewed on NBC’s Today about his book Life Itself: A Memoir. Watch the interview…

  • 9/21/2011

    MACS Professor Christian Sandvig comments on the use of social media sites in rural areas in “In Small Towns, Gossip Moves to the Web, and Turns Vicious” from a September 19 issue of the New York Times. Sandvig notes that “Something about rural culture seems to make people want to have conversations in public.” Read the whole article…

  • 9/20/2011

    Ted Gournelos '08 PhD COMM has recently released a book on the ways in which popular culture venues reacted to the 9/11 attacks and their aftermath. Co-edited with Viveca S. Greene, "A Decade of Dark Humor" (University Press of Mississippi) brings together scholars from four countries to discuss the impact of humor and irony on both media discourse and tangible political reality. The authors note that laughter is simultaneously an avenue through which social issues are deferred or obfuscated, a way in which neoliberal or neoconservative rhetoric is challenged, and a means of forming alternative political ideologies. For more information…

  • 9/20/2011

    The FCC is beginning a 45-day test of a company called Spectrum Bridge to use the area of the broadcast spectrum that falls between broadcast TV channels. Spectrum is one of several companies to be tested in the hope that it can provide wireless speeds “that could easily allow you to do something like stream high-def movies,” according to MACS Professor Christian Sandvig. Read the whole article…

  • 7/28/2011

    Ronald Jackson, professor of media and cinema studies and a faculty member in the Institute of Communications Research, has just published a book from Peter Lang Publishing. “Masculinity in the Black Imagination: Politics of Communicating Race and Manhood,” co-edited with Mark C. Hopson, includes essays on such topics as black masculinity in the black Greek-letter fraternity, the criminalization of black manhood in contemporary America, and humor, black masculinity, and queer identity on prime-time television. Based in communication, and drawing from diverse disciplines, “Masculinity in the Black Imagination” seeks to address identity, race, and gender by examining the communicative dimensions of Black manhood. The collection works to define, deconstruct, and contextualize the interactive practice of masculinity as both a local and global phenomenon.

  • 7/20/2011

    Kent Ono, professor of media and cinema studies, has a new book out from New York University Press. In their collection "Critical Rhetorics of Race," Ono and co-edtior Michael G. Lacy, together with scholars seek to examine today's complicated and contradictory terrain while moving the field of communication in a more intellectually productive direction.

  • 7/18/2011

    Faculty members from the Institute of Communications Research and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies presented papers this week at the International Association of Media and Communication Research conference in Istanbul, Turkey.

  • 7/13/2011

    Professor Emerita Eleanor Blum (MS '47 / PhD COMM '58) died peacefully at her home on July 7, 2011. She had just turned 102 in March. She retired from the University Library in August 1977, as communications librarian and professor of library administration.

  • 7/12/2011

    Faculty members from the College of Media are headed to St. Louis in August to attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) annual conference. Several professors and graduate students are presenting papers, and a few are being honored with awards.

  • 6/29/2011

    Carrie A. Rentschler '02 PhD COMM has written “Second Wounds: Victims’ Rights and the Media in the U.S.,” published in May by Duke University Press.

  • 6/29/2011

    Kelly Gates '04 PhD COMM has just been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Communication at University of California San Diego and has just published "Our Biometric Future: Facial Recognition Technology and the Culture of Surveillance" with NYU Press.

  • 6/23/2011

    Michelle Rivera, Ph.D. candidate in communications and media and Institute of Communications Research fellow, recently published an article in "Seeing in Spanish: From Don Quixote to Daddy Yankee," a new collection from Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

  • 6/2/2011

    Two communications doctoral students, Darren Stevenson and Ergin Bulut, have been named Graduate Scholar Affiliates and Fellows in the  International Forum for U.S. Studies. 

  • 6/1/2011

    Professor Norman Denzin will be a keynote speaker at the 7th Mixed Methods International Conference at the University of Leeds, June 29, 2011. Collegial and innovative, the conference provides a unique and supportive international forum for fostering ideas within three broad themes: philosophical and methodological considerations, real world applications and alternative approaches to mixing both art and science and science and social science.

  • 5/20/2011

    Clifford Christians was awarded an honorary “Doctor of Humane Letters” degree from Emerson College in Boston on May 16. On that occasion, he was the commencement speaker for Emerson’s graduation ceremonies for graduate students—his topic “The Moral Order Our Home.”  In 2009 he received a previous honorary doctorate, the “Doctor of Letters D. Litt.” from Marquette University.

  • 5/20/2011

    Angharad Valdivia, department head and professor of media and cinema studies, gave the plenary lecture, "Representation of Gender and Race in Children's Television," at the 3rd Iberoamerican Children's Television Meeting held in Bogota, Colombia, May 10-14.


  • 5/17/2011

    Norman Denzin, professor of communications, has three new titles on the shelves. 

  • 5/16/2011Photos by Ray Victor writer Photos by Ray Victor by Photos by Ray Victor published by Photos by Ray Victor

    The College of Media celebrated its graduates with a convocation ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at Huff Hall on the Urbana campus. With family and friends to encourage them, more than 350 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral students crossed the stage to get their diplomas. (PHOTOS)

  • 5/16/2011

    Philanthropic support from our alumni really does make a difference. Currently, only 5.5% of our alumni (626 out of 11,381) have made a gift to the College this year. The College of Media’s fundraising priorities are developed around keeping our students’ success at the heart of everything we do. From scholarships and awards, to industry internships and networking, we strive to create a learning environment that prepares them for today’s media careers. At the height of all the excitement, fanfare and focus on our amazing graduates, it would mean a great deal to us, but especially to the students if you would partner with us to support their hard work, accomplishments, and career opportunities. Fiscal Year-End Gifts received by June 30th would be most appreciated. Visit

  • 5/13/2011

    The College of Media Convocation Ceremonies kick off Saturday, May 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Huff Hall on the Urbana Campus. More than 350 undergraduate and graduate students will be celebrated for their accomplishments. Journalism alumnus Tim McAuliff will serve as this year's convocation speaker, and Advertising graduate Eddie Revis will deliver the student speech. Parent, family, and friends are welcome. For more information, visit

  • 4/28/2011

    Cameron McCarthy, professor of media and cinema studies, was invited to give the keynote address for the conference entitled "VII SIMPOSI: Llengua, educació i immigració" did at the University of Girona in Spain in November of last year. 

  • 4/27/2011

    “Marketplace” (American Public Media; St. Paul, Minn., April, 27) -- Associate Professor of Media and Cinema Studies Christian Sandvig comments on competing electronic communications signals in today's article, "Could Lightsquared compete against the big wireless companies?"

  • 4/25/2011

    The Communications Library will be open for extended hours the week before and during final exams. Beginning Sunday, May 1, through Friday, May 13, the library will be open the following hours: 

    Sunday: 1 p.m. - Midnight
    Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - Midnight
    Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Saturday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • 4/22/2011

    Two communications Ph.D. candidates won 2011-2012 fellowships from the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH). Matthew Crain won for his project entitled "Border Trouble: Reconfiguring Cultural Production in the Era of Digital Media Convergence," and Alexandra Mobley won for her project, "A Secret History of Volleyball: American Team Sport and Rhetorics of Counter-Insurgency."  A total of only seven projects were chosen from across the campus. 

  • 4/15/2011

    The Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, will be held May 18-21 2011, the Illini Union. This year's Theme is "Qualitative Inquiry and the Politics of Advocacy."   

  • 4/8/2011

    The Media and Cinema Studies Department and the Institute of Communications Research hosted a two-day conference in March 2011 entitled "Global Feminist Media Studies." (PHOTOS)

  • 4/4/2011Betsy Drazner '12 JOURN writer Betsy Drazner '12 JOURN by Betsy Drazner '12 JOURN published by Betsy Drazner '12 JOURN

    On April 2, 2011, the University of Illinois Alice Campbell Alumni Center on the Urbana campus filled with proud students, parents, and teachers. The College of Media hosted its annual Honors Reception to present awards and scholarships to students to recognize their leadership and creativity. (PHOTOS)

  • 3/30/2011

    The International Communications Association’s (ICA’s) Feminist Scholarship Division has awarded the 2011 Teresa Award for the Advancement of Feminist Scholarship to Angharad Valdivia, department head of media and cinema studies and interim director of the Institute of Communications Research.

  • 3/21/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies who studies virtual communities, argued that new forms of racism are emerging amid the bits and bytes of video games in an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, "Beware Social Media's Dark Side, Scholars Warn Companies."

  • 3/18/2011

    Angharad Valdivia and Karla Palma, PhD candidate and Fulbright Scholar, were interviewed on March 11 by Canal Z, in Maracaibo, Venezuela, a community TV station in Chile.

  • 3/17/2011Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor writer Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor by Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor published by Craig Chamberlain, UI News Bureau Social Sciences Editor

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A restored silent classic, “Metropolis,” will open the 13th annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival or “Ebertfest,” coming April 27 to May 1 to Champaign-Urbana. A documentary about Chicago’s “Louder Than a Bomb” youth poetry slam will close it.

  • 3/14/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, and Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies, have been invited to speak at this month's SXSW Interactive, part of the larger South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conferences & Festivals which offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Both professors are affiliate faculty in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

  • 3/10/2011

    Cameron McCarthy, professor of communications, and Robert Mejia, doctoral candidate in communications and media, co-edited with Heather Greenhalgh-Spencer "New Times: Making Sense of Critical/Cultural Theory in a Digital Age," published by Peter Lang Publishers. 

  • 3/9/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, will present the Attallah Lecture part of the 6th annual conference sponsored by the Communication Graduate Caucus at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Her talk, “‘Flag as Inappropriate’: Neglected Discourses of Racism, Sexism and Homophobia in Online Games,” will be presented Thursday, Mar. 10, at 5 p.m. at the Marriott Hotel, 100 Kent St.

  • 3/2/2011

    Professor Isabel Molina-Guzman, associate professor of Latina/Latino studies and research associate professor in the Institute of Communications Research, has been invited to give an Annenberg Research Seminar Lecture at the University of Southern California on Monday, March 7.

  • 2/28/2011

    Brittany Duff, assistant professor of advertising, Patrick Vargas, associate professor of advertising, and ICR doctoral student Sang Do Oh presented academic papers at the Society for Consumer Psychology Conference in Atlanta on February 24-26.

  • 2/21/2011

    Lisa Nakamura, professor of media and cinema studies, Asian American Studies, and gender and women’s studies, gave the keynote presentation on "griefing" or online harassment on February 18 as part of the 2010-11 Penn Humanities Forum on Virtuality at the University of Pennsylvania.

  • 2/10/2011

    Christian Sandvig, associate professor of media and cinema studies and scholar with Harvard University's Berkman Center for Internet and Society, weighed in on a discussion of the Universal Service Fund and how it might be affected by the Obama administration's stated goal of getting broadband Internet coverage to a much larger number of American households. Listen to story...

  • 1/28/2011

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Jan. 5) -- The website of the People’s Daily is planning an initial public offering on the Shanghai Stock Exchange. The move is part of a push to commercialize state-controlled news websites in China. This has been a priority for the Chinese government for the past three years, according to a research paper by Dong Han and Ying Zhang of the Institute of Communications Research at Illinois. By the end of 2007, they say, high-ranking government Chinese officials were already saying publicly that reforms were coming for government-run news sites such as People’s Daily – and that the next step would be to turn some of them into publicly listed companies.

  • 1/26/2011

    Chinese doctoral students, Joy Jiao and Nina Li, along with Institute of Communications Research Visiting Scholar Lu Hui, were part of the University of Illinois' delegation to meet with the Chinese president, Hu Jintao, in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 20. 

  • 1/21/2011

    Angharad Valdivia, department head of Media and Cinema Studies, contributed to the Mid America Earthquake Center's recent report, "The Maule (Chile) Earthquake of February 27, 2010: Consequence Assessment and Case Studies," published by the UI College of Engineering.

  • 1/21/2011

    The Institute of Communications Research is proud to announce that Maritza Quiñones Rivera successfully defended her dissertation, "Mediating Blackness:  Black Puerto Rican Women and Popular Culture," in December.

  • 1/21/2011

    Willard D. “Wick” Rowland '78 PhD COMM, president and CEO of Colorado Public Television, recently was named 2010 Television Person of the Year by The Denver Post.  

  • 12/17/2010

    Carol Hillsman Sagers ’79 MEDIA, founder and consultant of CHS Marketing Consultants, has been named a 2012 Chicago Illini of Year by the University of Illinois Alumni Association. The award, cosponsored by the UIAA and the Chicago Illini Club, was created in 1997 to recognize the accomplishments of Chicago-area graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three distinguished alumni who live and work in Chicago or one of its suburbs are honored each year, and the selection is based primarily on overall career achievement, positive impact on the Chicago community, and demonstrated interest in the University.

  • 12/1/2010

    Amy Hasinoff '10 PhD COMM successfully defended her dissertation, "No right to sext? A critical examination of media and legal debates about teenage girls sexual agency in the digital age," and Andrew Kennis '10 PhD COMM successfully defended his dissertation, "The Media Dependence Model: An Analysis of the Performance and Structure of U.S. and Global News."

  • 12/1/2010

    This month Christian Sandvig, professor of media and cinema studies, was invited to speak about the future of video on the Internet at the Networked Business Seminar Series at Harvard Business School. Other speakers in the series include Clay Shirky (NYU) and Kevin Kelly (Wired).

  • 11/24/2010

    The College of Media at Illinois presents the 13th Annual Roger Ebert’s Film Festival, April 27- May 1, 2011. Festival Passes ($135) on sale now at or in Champaign at the Bresnan Meeting Center.

  • 11/9/2010

    Inside Illinois (Nov. 4) – Sharon Shavitt, professor of business administration and affiliate faculty for the Institute of Communications Research, says the relation between culture and one's concepts of power emerge from one's cultural orientation and culture shapes one's beliefs, attitudes, and goals.

  • 11/8/2010

    The Institute of Communications Research announces the launch of two scholars: Kevin Healey and Camille Johnson Yale.

  • 11/5/2010

    Candidates are invited to submit applications for two faculty positions in the College. The Charles H. Sandage Department of Advertising is seeking applicants for a full-time tenure-track associate or full professor. The Department of Journalism seeks applicants for a newly created assistant professor position in digital/online/multimedia journalism.

  • 11/2/2010

    Norm Denzin, professor of communications, will give a keynote and a preconference workshop at the first Contemporary Ethnography Across the Disciplines (CEAD) conference and hui at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, Nov. 17-19.

  • 10/28/2010

    The Dallas Morning News (Oct. 28) -- “Police Women of Dallas,” a Dallas Police Department’s reality television program premieres Thursday night on TLC. Department administrators hope the show will draw more female applicants while also portraying a positive image of the organization to a national audience. “There’s the whole kind of cultural baggage of the Southern cop and the Texas Ranger,” said native Texan James Hay, a professor in the U. of I. Institute of Communications Research. “The ambivalence – there’s both a very ugly history of that and there’s also a very gallant, for many people, heroic kind of history or legacy of that.”

  • 10/19/2010

    At the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto in early October, Media and Cinema Studies and the Institute of Communications Research had plenty of representation. At the Latin American Studies Association in Toronto in early October, Media and Cinema Studies and the Institute of Communications Research had plenty of representation.

  • Alumni and faculty gather in Chicago for annual reunion

    The Chicago Alumni Board hosted its annual alumni reunion at Rock Bottom Brewery in Chicago on Thursday. Alumni gathered to network, catch up, and meet other College of Media graduates. "The reunion is a longstanding College tradition that I always look forward to attending every year," said Bruce Miller '90 ADV. "You can catch up with former classmates and faculty and make new friends as well."

    Board member Kim Brun '93/'94 MS ADV described the annual event as "a great way to engage with fellow College of Media alumni and stay abreast of what's going on down on campus in a fun casual setting."

  • UI Alumni Association seeks alumni volunteers for 2010 iHelp

    Homecoming logoAs Homecoming 2010 approaches, the UI Alumni Association and Student Alumni Ambassadors look forward to another successful iHelp. Now in its fifth year, this campuswide tradition is a great way to build Illini spirit here in C-U and beyond.  Sign up online!

  • Daily Show's Jon Stewart visits ICR alumnus' NYU media studies class

    Thanks to Oprah, students in Victor Pickard's ('08 PhD COMM) media studies class at New York University got a surprise last week. The Daily Show's Jon Stewart stopped by to give an impromptu lecture and free books. While some students were visibly surprised, several asked questions of Stewart about his use of news in his show. Watch the video.

  • Book by ICR alumnus Craig Robertson on history of passport reviewed in New York Times

    Robertson book coverA recent publication by Craig Robertson '04 PhD COMM, assistant professor of communication studies at Northeastern University, was reviewed in the Travel section of Sunday's New York Times. "The Passport in America: The History of a Document," published by Oxford University Press, is a study of this special document in American history. In the first history of the passport in the United States, Craig Robertson offers an account of how this document, above all others, came to be considered a reliable answer to the question of identity. New York Times reviewer Richard Woodward calls the book provocative, specifically how Robertson "charts the history of the passport, from "general acceptance in tandem with the growth of the nation state and the various technologies—chiefly photography—that helped to shape modern notions of individual identity."

    "We are very proud of Craig who represents the stellar, ground-breaking, and world-renowned work that is done at the Institute of Communications Research," said Angharad Valdivia, interim director of ICR and professor and head of media and cinema studies. Robertsons' dissertation committee included ICR faculty Cameron McCarthy, John Nerone, and James Hay; Antoinette Burton, professor of history, and Toby Miller, professor of media and cultural studies at the University of California-Riverside.

  • MACS professor Christian Sandvig talks dark fiber with Marketplace

    "Marketplace" (American Public Media, Sept. 23) -- Christian Sandvig, associate professor of communications and media and cinema studies, talked with American Public Media's Marketplace about the FCC's pending decision about whether to approve a plan to make unused fiber optic cable, or dark fiber, available to schools and libraries. Listen to interview...

  • Communication doctoral candidate Owen Kulemeka honored with dissertation fellowship

    Owen Kulemeka photoOwen Kulemeka PhD COMM candidate has been awarded a PERISHIP Dissertation Fellowship in hazards, risks, and disasters by the Public Entity Risk Institute. The fellowship is administered by The Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado and with funding from Swiss Re and the National Science Foundation. This program awards top scholars with a grant of up to $10,000 to support completion of doctoral-level dissertation work in an interdisciplinary hazards field, including natural and physical sciences, social and behavioral sciences, engineering, and other interdisciplinary programs such as environmental studies.

  • Communications graduate student presents at transnational studies conference in Dominican Republic


    Ray Victor photoRaymundo Víctor PhD COMM candidate attended the June 2010 conference "Transnational Hispaniola," in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. Currently on leave from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra in the Dominican Republic, Victor presented his PhD research at the conference, "Deconstructing La Blancura in Eastern Hispaniola: The Role of Advertising in Misrepresenting La Raza Dominicana." His study interrogates the social and political intentions of the media's whitewashing of the population of the Dominican Republic since the 19th century. He investigated visual imagery in advertisements to determine how the identity of the Dominican nation-state is constructed and represented. More about PhD students and their research...

  • Christians book nominated for AEJMC Tankard book award

    The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) announced the 2010 Tankard Book Award finalists, a list that included a recent book edited by Cliff Christians, research professor emeritus for the Institute of Communications Research. The book, "Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies" (University of Illinois Press, 2009), was edited by Christians, Theodore Glasser, Denis McQuail, Kaarle Nordenstreng, and Robert A. White. The Tankard Book Award was conceived as a way to both honor Dr. James W. Tankard, Jr. for his journalism scholarship, creativity, and character, and celebrate books written by AEJMC members. The winner of the 2010 Tankard Book Award will be announced during the AEJMC Denver Conference August 4.

  • Media and cinema studies professor Angharad Valdivia lends expertise to study of television's Dora character

    Los Angeles Times (May 21) -- Angharad Valdivia, a professor of media and cinema studies at the U. of I., says the Nickelodeon cartoon character "Dora the Explorer" always has been "ambiguously constructed."

    "In the U.S. the way we understand race is about putting people in categories and we're uncomfortable with people we can't put into categories," Valdivia said. Read entire article...

  • ICR professor and former director Cliff Christians honored with retirement reception

    Cliff Christians photoOn April 30, the Institute of Communications Research and the Department of Media and Cinema Studies honored Professor Cliff Christians with a retirement dinner on for his many years as a faculty member, mentor, colleague, and friend. The dinner was attended by current faculty and students as well as many alumni, College, and University friends. Wayne Woodward '91 PhD COMM delivered remarks, and attendees were invited to make their own remarks as well.

    "There are really no words or gestures that can adequately convey our appreciation of Cliff," said Angharad Valdivia, ICR director and Department Head of Media and Cinema Studies. "He is a person who lives by the philosophy he teaches. He is a most principled, fair, and just colleague. ICR would not be what it is were it not for his long standing dedication. The whole field is indebted to him."



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  • Graduate students host communications research conference

    The Institute of Communications Research hosted the seventh annual University of Illinois Communication Collaboration Conference May 1. The daylong event, themed "That Noble Dream: A Celebration of the Illinois Communication Tradition," showcased cutting-edge communications research being carried out on the Springfield, Chicago, and Urbana campuses as well as at other universities in Illinois. Graduate students made presentations on topics such as how the media covers disasters, how immigrants use mobile phones, race relations in Illinois, online activism in China, and the politics of video games. The highlight of the conference was a keynote address by Dr. Nilanjana Bardhan, associate professor of public relations at Southern Illinois University. In her speech, she emphasized the need for communication scholars to make a difference through their research. Information on the 2011 conference…



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  • ICR students to host 7th Annual Communications Collaboration Conference on Urbana campus

    The 7th Annual University of Illinois Communication Collaboration Conference is an academic forum where graduate students present their planned, in-progress, and completed projects. This day-long event provides graduate students an opportunity to socialize with colleagues, faculty, and staff. We invite you submit work your to present or to simply watch the proceedings. More information...

  • ICR graduate student wins 2009-10 Tanaka grant in Asian American Studies

    Myra Washington, a graduate student in the Institute of Communications Research, has won the 2009-10 Jeffrey S. Tanaka Asian American Studies Grant, an academic student research grant. Sponsored by the Asian American Studies Program at the University of Illinois, the grant is designed to assist graduate students with their research in areas directly relating to Asian American studies.

    "Myra represents the excellence in diversity research that is a hallmark of ICR," said Angharad Valdivia, interim director of ICR. "Myra's work on mixed race and popular culture extends the overlap of communications and Asian American studies in a productive manner that will inform a range of disciplines."

    This research grant is named for Jeffrey S. Tanaka, a professor in Illinois' departments of psychology and educational psychology up until his untimely death in 1992. He was well known by his students for his generosity in mentoring graduate students.

  • ICR professor Cliff Christians and ICR alumna Linda Steiner release new book of essays on critical cultural studies

    Dr. Cliff Christians, Sandage Professor of Communications in the Institute of Communications Research, and Linda Steiner '79 PhD COMM, professor of journalism at the University of Maryland, have come together to edit a new book of essays, "Key Concepts in Critical Cultural Studies" from University of Illinois Press.

    An essential reassessment of the central themes of critical cultural studies, this volume includes 16 essays on key and intersecting topics in critical cultural studies from major scholars in the field. The essays give particular attention to how relevant ideas, themes, and terms were developed, elaborated, and deployed in the work of James W. Carey, the "founding father" of cultural studies in the United States.

    Contributors include several ICR alumni and faculty:

    • Stuart Allan
    • Jack Bratich '01 PhD COMM
    • Cliff Christians, Sandage Professor of Communications
    • Norman Denzin, professor of communications
    • Mark Fackler '82 PhD COMM
    • Robert Fortner '78 PhD COMM
    • Lawrence Grossberg '76 PhD COMM
    • Joli Jensen '84 PhD COMM
    • Steve Jones '87 PhD COMM
    • John Nerone, professor of communications
    • Lana Rakow '87 PhD COMM
    • Quentin Schultze '78 PhD COMM
    • Linda Steiner '79 PhD COMM
    • Angharad Valdivia, interim director of ICR
    • Catherine Warren '96 PhD COMM
    • Frederick Wasser '96 PhD COMM
    • Barbie Zelizer
  • Alumni scholars gather for Institute of Communications Research reunion and conference
    2/19/2010Photos by Carrie Marlett '10 JOURN writer Photos by Carrie Marlett '10 JOURN by Photos by Carrie Marlett '10 JOURN published by Photos by Carrie Marlett '10 JOURN

    The Institute of Communications Research held its first reunion since its founding in 1947, on Saturday, February 13. More than 100 alumni and current students participated in a one-day symposium held at Alice Campbell Alumni Center on the Urbana campus.  The reunion was kicked off by a keynote speech from Janet Wasko '86 PhD COMM, Knight Chair, School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon, in a campus-wide MillerComm lecture, co-sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study. Wasko's lecture, "The Death of Hollywood:  Exaggeration or Reality?," was delivered to a packed auditorium at the Spurlock Museum on campus. 

    "This reunion reiterated the fact that ICR produces leading scholars in the field of communications research," said Angharad Valdivia, head of media and cinema studies and interim director of the Institute of Communications Research. "Getting together across the generations reaffirmed our resolve to continue doing so.


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  • ICR alumni and scholars to host reunion and conference, February 12-13

    The Institute of Communications Research invites alumni to attend the 2010 Alumni and Friends Reunion Conference: Communication Research: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow, February 12-13, 2010, on the Urbana campus. Keynote Speaker Janet Wasko '80 PhD COMM, Knight Chair in Communications at University of Oregon, will speak on the topic "What is Film? Changes and Continuity in the 21st Century." This conference brings together alumni, faculty, friends, and current students to discuss, reflect, and celebrate ICR and its contributions to communications research. The conference will consist of short presentations, panels, and roundtable sessions. Possible topics include ICR and interdisciplinary research, current questions and trends in the field, the ICR tradition, and new directions for communication research. Register online...

  • Communications professor and former ICR director Cliff Christians to retire after 35 years

    Dr. Cliff Christians, Sandage Professor of Communications, has announced his retirement from 35 years on faculty at the University of Illinois. Former director of the Institute of Communications Research and chair of the doctoral program in communications—a position he also held from 1987 to 2001—Christians will retire at the end of this year. A reception was held for him by colleagues and students after his last class on December 7, 2009. Read entire article...  |  PHOTOS

  • The Institute of Communications Research continues its Alumni Lecture Series on October 12, with a collaboration with several units on campus, bringing Jonathan Sterne '99 PhD COMM, who will present The MP3 as Standard Object: Infrastructure, Software and the Politics of Media Culture. The lecture will take place on Oct 12 at 12:30pm at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Room B02 (Auditorium). It will be followed by a group discussion at 1:45pm in CSL 301.

    The Institute of Communications Research continues its Alumni Lecture Series on October 12, with a collaboration with several units on campus, bringing Jonathan Sterne '99 PhD COMM, who will present "The MP3 as Standard Object: Infrastructure, Software and the Politics of Media Culture." The lecture will take place on Oct 12 at 12:30pm at the Coordinated Science Laboratory, Room B02 (Auditorium). It will be followed by a group discussion at 1:45pm in CSL 301.

    Sterne teaches in the Department of Art History and Communication Studies and the History and Philosophy of Science Program at McGill University.  He is author of "The Audible Past: Cultural Origins of Sound Reproduction" (Duke, 2003), and numerous articles on media, technologies, and the politics of culture.

    The talk is jointly presented by "InfoStructure: Intersections Between Social and Technological Systems," a collaboration among doctoral students from the Institute of Communications Research, the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and Human and Community Development, sponsored by faculty members Christian Sandvig (ICR, Communications, Coordinated Science Laboratory) and Karrie Karahalios (Computer Science). Infostructure is an endeavor to examine and discuss the hidden complexities of information technology systems that can often be obscured by disciplinary boundaries. Invited speakers will address recent developments in information technology in order to create a broadly accessible debate whereby systems are viewed as simultaneously technological and social.

    The InfoStructure speaker series is sponsored by the Graduate College; Coordinated Science Laboratory; Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; Information in Society Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science; Institute of Communications Research; Department of Communication; and Human-Computer Interaction Colloquium Series.

  • Christians honored with panel at 2009 AEJMC conference

    Cliff Christians, professor of communications, was honored at the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference in Boston. A panel discussion hosted by the Media Ethics Division and Commission on the Status of Women Research honored Christians' legacy in the field of communications research. John Ferré, Louisville moderated, and in addition to Christians, the panelists included Linda Steiner '79 PhD COMM, University of Maryland; Kevin Healey, University of Illinois student; Tom Cooper, Emerson University.

  • ICR professor, Angharad Valdivia, named Head of Media and Cinema Studies and Interim Director of ICR

    Professor Angharad Valdivia has been named as Head of the new Department of Media and Cinema Studies (pending approval of the BOT) and as Interim Head of the Institute of Communications Research. Valdivia joined the College faculty in 1994 and has since developed a national and international reputation as a world-class scholar in Latina/o studies and as a leading scholar and teacher in the field of media studies. She is a Research Professor of Communications in the College of Media with appointments in Gender and Women's Studies, Latina/o Studies, and Media Studies. She has published single-authored and edited books, including "A Latina in the Land of Hollywood"; "Latina/o Communication Studies Today;" "A Companion to Media Studies; Latina/os and the Media;" and "Feminism, Multiculturalism and the Media." She is the editor of "Communication Theory" and of the forthcoming "Encyclopedia of Media Studies." She teaches and researches on topics of transnational popular culture with a focus on Latina/o Media Studies and children's TV. Valdivia earned her Ph.D. in Communications from the College in 1991.

  • ICR to launch Alumni Lecture Series on September 22 with inaugural talk by Kelly Gates '04 PhD COMM

    The Institute of Communications Research (ICR) is pleased to announce the inaugural ICR Alumni Lecture, "The Pursuit of Automated Facial Recognition," presented by Kelly Gates '04 PhD COMM, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of California, San Diego. The talk will take place September 22, at 4 p.m. in the Peterson Room, on the second floor of Gregory Hall.

    This talk examines the effort, underway since the 1960s, to teach computers to “see" the human face – to develop automated systems for identifying human faces and distinguishing them from one another, and for recognizing human facial expressions. While computer scientists are interested in automated face perception primarily as means of creating more intelligent machines and more sophisticated forms of human-computer interaction (HCI), these technologies are also viewed as uniquely suited to the development of “smart" surveillance – systems that automate the labor of surveillance and extend its reach in time and space. Whether these experimental technologies can or should be made to accomplish these goals remains open to debate.

    Gates is Assistant Professor of Communication and Science Studies at University of California, San Diego. Her research focuses on the social and political dimensions of new media and information technologies. Her book, "Our Biometric Future: The Pursuit of Automated Facial Recognition," is forthcoming from NYU Press.

  • Jackson and Ono named editors of media communication journal

    Ronald Jackson, research professor in communications and the chair of the university's African-American Studies department, and Kent Ono, professor of communications, were named co-editors of Critical Studies in Media Communication, a journal of the National Communication Association. They will serve as editors for three years, beginning in 2010.

  • Ono included in 2009 edition of communications reference handbook

    Kent Ono, professor of communications and Asian American Studies, published his recent article "Critical/Cultural Approaches to Communication," In 21st Century Communication: A Reference Handbook (Sage, 2009).

  • Christians co-edits contemporary analysis of mass media and modern democracy

    Cliff Christians, director of Institute of Communications Research and Sandage Professor of communications, co-edited a newly published book, "Normative Theories of the Media: Journalism in Democratic Societies." (University of Illinois Press: 2009). In this book, five leading scholars of media and communication take on the difficult but important task of explicating the role of journalism in democratic societies. Using Fred S. Siebert, Theodore Peterson, and Wilbur Schramm's classic Four Theories of the Press as their point of departure, the authors explore the philosophical underpinnings and the political realities that inform a normative approach to questions about the relationship between journalism and democracy, investigating not just what journalism is but what it ought to be.

  • Denzin honored by Aalborg University

    Norm Denzin, research professor of communications, has been given an honorary doctoral degree, Doctor Honoris Causa, from the Department of the Humanities Aalborg University in Denmark.

  • ICR and Advertising host Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry

    The College of Media, the International Center for Qualitative Inquiry, the Institute of Communications Research, and the Department of Advertising hosted the Fifth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. More than 1,300 persons, from more than 75 nations registered for the Congress. There were 29 pre-conference workshops. More than 1,000 papers were presented in over 250 sessions. Three all-day pre-Congress sessions -- A Day in Spanish and Portuguese, A Day in Turkish, and A Day in Qualitative Inquiry in Healthcare -- were held on May 20. The Congress also hosted the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI). Plans are underway for ICQI 2010.