Events

Archive 2007

June Deery, "Interior Design: Making Over Television and the American Dream"Event Details
Liza Potts, “What Roland Barthes Would Have Found Online (Had He Not Been Run Over by a Laundry Truck in Paris)"

Jennifer King, “What Kenneth Burke Would Have Found Online: Amazon.com as a Site for Rhetorical Theory”

Gabriele Bechtel, “What Mikhail Bakhtin Would Have Found Online: Toward a Concept of the Polyphonic Web Forum”

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.Event Details
The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. All enrolled students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunities that competition affords.

Entries will be accepted in undergraduate and graduate divisions in each of the following categories:

- Fiction or Drama
- Poetry
- Essays
- Electronic Media

The deadline for receipt of entries is 4:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 13, 2007.

Visit the McKinney website (listed below) for an entry form and submission details.Event Details
Rudy McDaniel (Department of English, University of Central Florida, Orlando), "Wii Stories: Small tales of interactive narrative"

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.


Rudy McDaniel is Assistant Professor of Digital Media for the School of Film and Digital Media at the University of Central Florida. His research interests include narrative theory, video game technologies, knowledge management frameworks, and XML. He has recently published on topics such as serious gaming, experiential learning, and enhancing team-based performance using narrative tools. As a consultant, he has designed Web-based applications for clients such as the IEEE Society and the Library of Congress, and has written interactive video game scripts for the Federation of American Scientists. Rudy is currently directorEvent Details
Susan Jarratt (Department of English and Comparative Literature, University of California, Irvine), "Retrospective Writing Histories -- an interview-based study of pedagogical memory drawing on the accounts of upper-division writers about the relation between first-year composition and writing in the disciplines"

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.


Susan Jarratt is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California. Her research interests include histories of rhetoric, ancient Greek rhetoric, rhetorical theories, feminist theory and pedagogy, gender and writing, writing program administration and composition theory. Susan serves as Campus Writing Coordinator, and in that capacity has begun research on bilingual writers and undergraduate writing-across-the-curriculum. ForEvent Details
Katherine Isbister, “Enhancing Social Flow: New Perspectives in Game Design”

Shira Chess, “Thinking Beyond Pink: Navigating the Intersection of Gender, Play, and Technology”

Noah Schaffer, “Animation Quantity: One Potential Usability Parameter for Digital Games”

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.Event Details
LL&C faculty routinely travel to conferences and would be happy to talk with prospective graduate students who may be in the area. If you would like to set up a meeting, please contact Kathy Colman.


Popular Culture Association - Boston, MA
April 4-7, 2007

LL&C Faculty: June DeeryEvent Details
Annual McKinney Contest -- Edward P. Jones, Guest Speaker
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Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308)

Edward P. Jones, the speaker for this year's McKinney ceremony, will present prizes to McKinney winners, read from his work, and respond to questions beginning at 8 p.m. on April 18, 2007, in Darrin Communications Center (DCC 308). After the ceremony, he will sign books.

The McKinney Contest is Rensselaer's writing competition for undergraduate and graduate students. For more information about the contest and for directions to the event, please visit the website listed below.


Edward P. Jones is winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and National Book Critics Circle Award for the novel The Known World. His first book, a collection of short stories entitled Lost in the City, won the Pen/Hemingway Award. A third book, All Aunt Hagar's Children (also a collection of short stories), was published in 2006.Event Details
Jim Watt, Introduction

Barry Young, "Usability of Auditory Way-Finding Interfaces for the Blind and Visually Impaired in a Noisy Environment"

Sin-Hwa Kang / Sasi Kanth Ala, "Producing Social Presence while Preserving Anonymity in Mobile Video Telephone Communication"

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.Event Details
LL&C faculty routinely travel to conferences and would be happy to talk with prospective graduate students who may be in the area. If you would like to set up a meeting, please contact Kathy Colman.


Computer-Human Interaction - San Jose, CA
April 28-May 3, 2007

LL&C Faculty: Katherine IsbisterEvent Details
LL&C faculty routinely travel to conferences and would be happy to talk with prospective graduate students who may be in the area. If you would like to set up a meeting, please contact Kathy Colman.


Society for Technical Communication - Minneapolis, MN
May 13-16, 2007

LL&C Faculty: Bob KrullEvent Details
LL&C faculty routinely travel to conferences and would be happy to talk with prospective graduate students who may be in the area. If you would like to set up a meeting, please contact Kathy Colman.


International Communication Association - San Francisco, CA
May 24-28, 2007

LL&C Faculty: Jim WattEvent Details
Audrey Bennett Book Reception at Troy Night Out
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Market Block Books, 290 River Street, Troy, NY 12180

Market Block Books in downtown Troy and Rensselaer's School of Humanities and Social Sciences will co-host an author's reception and book discussion with Audrey Bennett, LL&C associate professor of graphic design, of her ground-breaking book, Design Studies, Theory and Research in Graphic Design, a collection edited by Bennett of 27 essays from an international cast of top design researchers. Prof. Bennett's reception takes place during the next Troy Night Out, Friday, June 29, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Bennett's book makes the argument that "designers who ignore research run the risk of becoming mere tools for communication rather than bold voices." In an age of globalization and connectivity, the idea of "mainstream culture" has become quaint. Websites, magazines, books, and television have all honed in on ever-diversifying subcultures, hoping to carve out niche audiences that grow savvier and more narrowly sliced by the day. Consequently, the discipline of graphic design has unEvent Details
Jan Fernheimer and Tom Kujala

Cheryl Geisler and Elia Nelson

Jim Zappen and David Watson

Roger Grice

The colloquium will be available online via a live video feed.Event Details
Hypermedia/Hypertext Regional Conference
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Radisson Hotel & Suites Kansas City-City Center

The Hypermedia/Hypertext area of the Midwest Popular Culture Association invites papers/panels on hypermedia art and fiction, hypertext theory, analysis of hypertext/hypermedia works, Internet studies, narrative studies within the area, and any other topics related to writing/publishing on the Internet. The conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel & Suites Kansas City in the center of Kansas City, MO, over the weekend of October 12-14, 2007.

Each individual paper/presentation should be designed to last approximately fifteen minutes. This will hopefully allow enough time for a productive discussion. More information about the conference can be found at www.mpcaaca.org. Please also note that presenters will be required to join either the Popular Culture Association or the American Culture Association prior to attending the conference, as well as pay a registration fee for the conference.

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Jodi Forlizzi (Carnegie Mellon), "The Product Ecology: Understanding Social Product Use and Supporting Design Culture"

The field of Human-Computer Interaction has broadened its focus from usability issues surrounding one person interacting with one system to how systems situate socially and culturally among groups of people. Researchers in HCI have turned to qualitative, ethnographic research methods to understand the situations surrounding technology use. However, stripped from underlying theory, these methods can be prescriptive at best.

This talk introduces the Product Ecology Framework to 1) describe social product use, 2) provide a roadmap for choosing appropriate research methods, and 3) extend design culture withing HCI, by allowing for flexible, design-centered research planning and opportunity seeking.


The colloquium will be available online via a Event Details
LL&C Colloquium Series -- Graphic Design
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Sage 2411 (VAST Lab)

Audrey Bennett, "The Heuristic Evaluation of a Culturally-Specific Graphic for Cross-Cultural Communication"

The colloquium will be held in Sage 2411 (VAST Lab). Lunch will be served earlier from 12:00 - 12:30 pm.

The colloquium will also be available online via a live video feed.Event Details