The Expanding Media Symposium Presents: Question Bridge

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SIU’s Global Media Research Center will host a new symposium in collaboration with the Big Muddy Film Festival titled Expanding Media: Identities. The inaugural symposium has been established to create a forum to examine current and expanding trends in media making. This year’s symposium considers issues of identity and will have a unique focus on issues of representation from the perspectives of black men in the United States.
Expanding Media: Identities will feature the work of photographer Chris Johnson and the development of Question Bridge, a film, interactive web site, and mobile app that is “…a platform for Black men of all ages and backgrounds to ask and respond to questions about life in America”.

The Expanding Media: Identities symposium will begin with a screening of Question Bridge: Black Males on Friday, February 20th at 4:00 pm in the John Guyon Auditorium of Morris Library. The screening is free and open to the public. A brief reception will follow the screening and the event will continue with a panel session including: Chris Johnson of The Question Bridge, Dr. Gerald Butters, Professor of History at Aurora University, Dr. Novotny Lawrence, Chair of SIUC’s Radio, Television and Digital Media Department, Dr. Angela Aguayo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at SIUC and Hassan Pitts, Artist in Residence with the Big Muddy Film Festival.

A companion/ hands- on workshop titled Question This?: Workshopping the Tools of Cultural Dialog will take place on Saturday, February 21st from 1:00pm -3:00pm on the Cinema Soundstage in Communications 1116. Workshop leaders Chris Johnson and Hassan Pitts will guide participants on a practical and critical tour of today’s mobile technologies that will include concepts of ethnography and image-based representation. The event is free and open to the public. For workshop reservations, please contact Zach Sapienza at zsapienza@siu.edu.

For further information, please contact Jay Needham, Interim Director of the Global Media Research Center and Associate Professor for Radio, Television and Digital Media by email at jayn@siu.edu