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Communication Seminar

Communication Seminars

The Communication Seminar, an academic initiative in the Knight School of Communication furthers our vision to be "always current, always connected." Each seminar  is designed to be a specific learning experience for a small group of approximately 15 learners under the guidance of a faculty member. These seminars address current topics, skills, technologies, or movements in communication, broadly defined.

Each semester, several seminars focus on concepts selected by faculty based upon current trends, student interest, and faculty expertise. Below is a list of our past, current, and future seminar offerings:

Fall 2013

Creativity and Innovation
This course explores both traditional and cutting-edge approaches to innovation. Creativity, collaboration, and design are still essential, yet contemporary organizations are realizing the potential of new ways of thinking, such as right-brain approaches to organizing and open innovation using digital and mediated tools. By building an authentic, collaborative relationship among a community, organizations can tap into the creative potential of the crowd and harness the distributed knowledge of many. This course investigates how shifting communication practices have shaped knowledge, networks, and innovation. The course also explores how creativity and innovation can be fostered through curiosity, play, passion, connection, dialogue, experience, storytelling, and failure.

The Hollywood Renaissance: History, Industry, Artistry
This course investigates how films are shaped by the historical, industrial, and cultural contexts in which they are created. It locates the Hollywood Renaissance within a specific historical period (1968 - 1980) and explores how international cinema (such as the French New Wave) influenced young American filmmakers. It also foregrounds the complex relationship between the commercial industry and the individual artists (auteurs) who created it. Some of the films we may watch include Jules et Jim, Les Quatre Cents Coup, Blow Up, Bonnie and Clyde, The Graduate, American Graffiti, The Conversation, Easy Rider, Annie Hall, and Raging Bull.

Spring 2013

The Rhetoric of Singer-Songwriters
Communication researchers (e.g. Kizer 1983, Winebrenner 1983) have examined the persuasive strategies of protest songs and other popular songs as rhetorical acts by applying classical and contemporary rhetorical theory to their lyrics. In this course, students will examine series of songs by 1960s and 1970s singer-songwriters to tease out broad themes in the writer's work that emerge in both their words and their music.  As their final project, students will perform and share their own rhetorical analysis on the work of a contemporary sing-songwriter of their choice.

Multimedia Journalism
Teaches the skills and understanding necessary to produce news stories across media platforms-print, broadcast, online and mobile. As the technical boundaries among media become less distinct, students must be prepared to enter a convergent media environment.  The emphasis is on storytelling techniques developed for digital platforms. Students will learn how to compose with multiple elements, including text, hypertext, photo, video, audio and animation.

A practical and critical overview of photojournalism through exploratory photo essays, with an emphasis on multimedia applications. Training in still camera and digital media, with a consideration of the basic principles and ethics of visual journalism and its role in social and political change.

Attracting the Sharks: Advanced Public Speaking
Several authors have likened our culture to sharks swimming in a sea of information and competing communication messages. If that is the case, then how do we give speak so that what we present does not get lost like white noise in an information age swarming with messages trying to gain the attention of our audience?  More than simply learning to be comfortable speaking in front of people (a task in and of itself), this seminar is designed for those eager to learn how to make the most of their opportunities to present their ideas so that they gain a hearing and create a dynamic of change and impact. The class will focus on honing the skills necessary to craft messages for rhetorical impact that engage and move an audience. COMM 200 -Introduction to Public Speaking - is a prerequisite.

 Fall 2012

  • Communication & the Election
  • Children, Adolescents and the Media
  • Proxemics - Space & Communication

Spring 2012

  • Attracting the Sharks: Advanced Public Speaking.
  • The Art of Storytelling: Media, Messages, and Melodrama
  • Advanced Digital Media Production

Fall 2011

  • I Know What You Did Last Summer: Privacy in the Information Age
  • Bedside Manners that Matter: Communicating About Health, Illness, and Culture
  • Children, Adolescents, and the Media

Spring 2011

  • Advanced Digital Media Production
  • Middle East Media
  • Sport and National Identity

Fall 2010

  • Culture: Space & Place
  • Feminist Media Approaches
  • Family Communication

Spring 2010

  • Family Communication
  • Digital Video Production
  • Social Media
  • Facebook
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • LinkedIn
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