Fostering Media Production Curricula in a Liberal Arts Context – presented at the Media, Communication, and Film Studies Programs at Liberal Arts Colleges Symposium in Lake Forest, IL (June 2018)
Presented alongside colleague and former professor Dr. Beth Corzo-Duchardt to discuss our semester piloting a teaching assistantship in production courses through my work-study in the Digital Learning Office.
This production roundtable also included: Dr. Martin Lang (Department of Communication Studies at Gustavus Adolphus College), Dr. Andrew Miller (Director of Graduate Programs in the School of Communication and Media Arts at Sacred Heart University), and Joe Tarantowski (Professor and Program Coordinator of both Film Studies and Broadcasting & Mass Communication at Baldwin Wallace University).
Appeal of Satire and Social Commentary in Cartoons – presented at the Sigma Tau Delta International Honors Society Conference in Cincinnati, OH (March 2018)
Here, I used my knowledge of carnivalesque theory, developed through my Film Studies thesis “Performing Human(e): The Personhood of Animals in Animation through Bakhtin and Bojack Horseman“, to contribute to a panel focusing on how modern, animated cartoons are able to effectively represent topics, from depression to current politics, through a satirical lens. Visually unreal and satirical situations allow cartoons to disarm the viewer from anticipating serious moments, which create a greater impact than mediums that are grounded in reality.
Presented with undergraduate students Garrett Reed, John Meade, and Abigail Mechley from Miami University (OH).
This leadership workshop used the model of a Dungeon and Dragon’s stat sheet (Charisma, Dexterity, Strength, Wisdom, Intelligence, and Constitution) to offer challenges to be completed in groups to develop and enhance skills related to leadership. All workshop offerings provided tools to foster stronger facilitation methods for chapter involvement in the society both on home campuses and within the international organization.
The initial proposal to theme the workshop around D&D was my suggestion, and from there each region split off responsibilities for a “stat” to create activities.
Presented with the Student Leadership Board.