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Communication Studies

Just another Day in Paradise

UNI Interpreters Theatre presents “Just another Day in Paradise” which focuses on Gypsy and Zig-Zag, two high school students who turn to violence as an answer to their grievances they have against some of their peers, parents, and authority figures. The play takes place in their English classroom, as they confront some of those they feel have wronged them. Gypsy and Zig-Zag take their hostages as they seek their own brand of justice and revenge. This production contains mature language, themes, and situations. It is recommended for mature audiences only.

Guest Lecture: Google Glass and Democracy: Sensation and Sociability after Wearable Computing

Damien Pfister, University of Nebraska-Lincoln and author of Networked Media, Networked Rhetorics: Attention and Deliberation in the Early Blogosphere, will present a lecture on Google Glass. Google Glass is an augmented reality technology that allows wearers to seamlessly access internetworked media through displays built into the lenses. This kind of "wearable computer," like activity trackers, miniature cameras and smart wristwatches, is on the cusp of ubiquity in intensively networked societies. However, public discussion about the cultural implications of these new technologies is lagging behind their development and diffusion. In the context of Glass, Pfister will pursue one of the most substantive critiques of communication in a networked society: that digital media technologies enable citizens to customize their environments, thus creating "echo chambers" or "filter bubbles" that may curtail the very possibilities for social justice.

Performance! Body! Self!

Internationally-acclaimed solo performer Tim Miller will perform excerpts from his work and speak about the role performance plays in constellating identity. Known for his charged performance work which takes up the most challenging social texts of our time, Miller will share fierce and funny performance material as well as speak about how performance can be used to embolden communities, challenge injustice, and connect people with one another. This event is ponsored by the UNI Interpreters Theatre, SAVE, the Department of Communication Studies, the Department of Art and the Department of Theatre.

Fast Forward Workshop

UNI will host “Fast Forward: Overtake the Competition,” an electronic media workshop that brings together academics and media professionals. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with workshops, lunch, discussion and speakers to follow. Interactive sessions will be offered in a variety of settings to help media students prepare for their first job. Industry experts will lead discussions on best practices in broadcast journalism and help attendees polish their broadcast and production skills.

Josh Bodnar: The Secrets of a Hollywood Editor

Emmy Award winning editor Josh Bodnar will walk the audience through the creative process of one of the most talked about main title sequences in recent history, "Dexter" on Showtime. From concept to completion learn how the Dexter main title was green lite with one single image; to watching never before seen edits rejected by the client. Connecting the common threads of his creative process through different mediums, art, advertising and entertainment, Bodnar will also speak about his experience working with John Malkovich on his short film "Butterflies." Step by step see how storyboards, visual effects, type design, picture editing, sound design and client relations all play a part in how an idea is visualized. Some ideas never see the light of day; some ideas become viral sensations. 

Interpreters Theatre: "Leftovers" and "Station to Station"

The UNI Interpreters Theatre presents two solo performances by guest artists Brianne Waychoff and Ben Powell. In Leftovers, Waychoff stitches together gleaned remnants from diverse sources: Jean François Millet’s painting, The Gleaners; her grandmother’s needlepoint rendering of the same work; and Agnès Varda’s 2000  film, The  Gleaners and I. In Station to Station, Powell performs a unique collage of texts, including a collection of letters between Powell’s grandfather and great-grandfather sent between 1935 and 1936, assembled histories of the U.S. Interstate System, an old mapping guidebook, and fragments of memories and music. 


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