Intercession 2016

The Communications Department will be offering two classes over the Intercession period. Find the information about both classes below.

COM 465: Bearing Witness: Images of War Past and Present 

Mike Lyons 

The course runs from Jan. 2 through Jan. 14. The first half (or so) of the course will be online – Jan. 2-7. We will meet in the classroom beginning Jan. 8.

For most of us the visual experience and memory of war comes from images. We will likely never see war first-hand so photographs and films shape our collective understanding and memory of armed conflict. This course will investigate images of war, including photographs, film and even comics and video games. These include films and photographs that depict and document several conflicts, including Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.

We will discuss the dual purposes of photography and film – as art and as the documentation of an event (“bearing witness”). The course will also explore the ethical choices photojournalists and photo editors make and the impact of these photos on national and global politics.

This course is neither a film course nor a photography course. We will neither be taking pictures nor spending much time talking about trends in photography or analyzing the aesthetic qualities of films or photographs. This is a course on the “mediatization” of political events.

This is a compact, two-week course. That means that, theoretically, the idea here is to jam a semester’s worth of stuff into two weeks. That’s absurd. A two-week course is a unique beast and in a course like this it is impossible to get in a semester’s worth of discussion or material. So we will focus on a few key areas and explore them deeply.


COM 372 Web Design

Andy Famiglietti

This course is an introduction to the theory and practice of web design and development. Students will learn about web technologies and standards while building accessible and usable web sites. No previous experience is necessary, and the course will center on beginner/intermediate aspects of web design and markup languages–specifically, HyperText Markup Language (HTML5) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3). Readings will focus on the Web’s architecture and its history, the basics of site development, and current conversations about best practices (such as responsive design, grid systems, user experience, digital video, and mobile technologies). Students will study web technologies and apply best practices to their own goals or interests–creating, for example, a personal web portfolio or a basic client project–while developing a rhetorical and technological understanding of web-based communication.

Directed Drone Lab Video

Andy put together a video from the drone lab that occurred two weeks ago. Check it out! For more directed labs on different topics see our Lab Times page on the left sidebar or check our social media sites for more frequently posted updates!



Never Going Home

Dr. Mike Lyons is hosting a panel discussion about juvenile lifers, who are men and women who have been sentenced to life without parole for crimes they committed as juveniles. The discussion will be held Thursday, October 8th, during free period in the Doyle Banquet Hall North, which is in Campion. See the poster below for more information on this event. Never poster (2)

Intermediate WordPress Directed Lab

Intermediate WordPress Lab

Want to improve your WordPress skills? Come to Bronstein this Tuesday (9/21) during free period to learn more about how to tweak, modify, and customize your WordPress site. We’ll review some useful WordPress plugins, learn about adding custom widgets, and see how we can alter the visual appearance of our theme by writing our own CSS. Bring a laptop to follow along with some simple exercises.

For more directed labs check out our schedule here.

Drone Lab

Come see the Communications Department’s Phantom II drone take to the skies TOMORROW 8/9 during free period and learn more about the capabilities of this remotely piloted vehicle. 8725078749_b8baf91344_z

Communications Club

Some of our students have started a club specifically for communications majors. Their first meeting is next Thursday September 10th during free period in Bronstein Hall. See more details and contact information below.

Are you seeking opportunities to be more in touch with your field? Want to build
your portfolio? Want to meet more Comm. students and faculty and eat some food?

Let us know if you will be there.

Erin Cooper
Justin Russell
Noran Salah

New America Media Film Contest

American Media and the Ignation Solidarity Network are excited to announce a new social justice film fest for college undergrads: Voices From the Margins ’15.

They are inviting young filmmakers to create short films exploring a whole breadth of topics. Including, but not limited to: poverty, inequality, migrants, refugees, race, gender, human life and dignity issues, environmental/ecology and human rights.

Entries will be judged by a prestigious panel of judges from the realms of journalism/media and social justice work. Panelists include Emmy-winning jounralist Maria Shriver, HBO documentarian Alexandra Pelosi, Washington post columnist EJ Dionne, creator of the FOX hit series “Glee,” Ian Brennan, Pulitzer winning journalist and human rights advocate Sonia Nazario, and others.

More information about the contest as well as entry submission information can be found at

The first prize entry receives camera equipment BlackMagic Design plus a
trip to Washington, D.C., to premiere the winning film before an
audience of 1,500-plus at Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice
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social justice conference. Other finalists will be premiered at a new
film fest at the same event.

The deadline for submissions is October 2, 2015.

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Art History Courses That May Be of Interest to COM Studies Students

Fall 2015 Art History Courses

ART 101 History of Art Survey II (D1) – Joe Giuffre – T/H 8-9:15 am

ART 101 History of Art Survey II (D2) – Joe Giuffre – T/H 9:30-10:45 am

ART 104 Experience of Architecture – Dennis McNally – MWF 11:15 am -12:05 pm

ART 106 Art of Colonial Latin America – Mark Castro – W 6:30-9:00 pm

ART 204 Baroque Art & Architecture – Jeanne Brody– M 2:30-5 pm

ART 207 American Art & Architecture – Megan Straczewski – W 2:30-5 pm

ART 208 Modern Art & Architecture – Matthew Palczynski – T/H 12:30 pm

ART 212 History of Photography – Rebecca Butterfield– T 2-4:30 pm

ART 150 FYS D1 – Emily Hage – T/H 9:30-10:45 am

ART 150 FYS D2 – Emily Hage – T/H 12:30-1:45 pm

ART 150 FYS D3 – Emily Hage – T/H 2-3:15 pm

ENG 463 Literary Journalism COM Option Course Description

ENG 463—Literary Journalism  MWF 10:10 – 11 a.m.

In this course we will read seminal works in the field of literary journalism in the United States, starting with Nellie Bly, who, in 1887, feigned insanity to get herself committed to a mental institution in New York in order to explore conditions there.  We’ll continue our march toward the present, lingering in the middle of the 20th century with the infamous New Journalists: Truman Capote, Joan Didion, Hunter S. Thomson, and Tom Wolfe.   We’ll end in the present with writers like Ted Conover, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc, Raffi Khatchadourian, and Sarah Stillman.  Our reading explorations will help us to investigate the various craft elements that literary journalists employ as well as ponder the larger ethical questions that the genre of literary journalism prompts us to ask, questions that are linked to the author’s role in and access to the story, to immersion reporting practices, and to the pursuit of objectivity.  Additionally, and significantly, you will try your hand at immersion reporting and writing, completing a number of literary journalism outtakes based on individual and group reporting exercises. For your major project for the course, you may choose to write a scholarly essay or a longer work of literary journalism.  This course counts as a Writing Track course for the English Major/Minor, a Journalism course for the Journalism Minor, and a Communication Studies Elective for the Communication Studies Major/Minor

LIN 270 Social Media Discourse, ILC Option Course Description

LIN 270 Social Media Discourse, Jennifer Ewald, TR 2:00-3:15 

The focus of this course is on understanding and investigating linguistic aspects of electronic social media such as email, texting, Twitter, Facebook, etc. This course has two goals: (1) to analyze everyday social media discourse from a linguistic perspective and (2) to learn how to conduct linguistic research in the context of a student-designed investigation on some type of social media discourse. To that end, we will examine previous research in related areas and students will conduct an original research project based on a selected context of social media discourse. This course satisfies an ILC for COM majors.