Monday, September 17, 2012

Lunch with a guest on Friday (for students interested in political voice, media, performance and the responsibilities of citizenship)


Students who are interested in political voice, media, performance and the responsibilities of citizenship (or any of those!): you are invited to have lunch with Debra Vidali this Friday, Sept. 21, at 11:00 AM in Room 272 at 800 E. Third St. [See the description of her public talk after that lunch, below.]


We will talk about her Re-Generation project,, and the possibility of staging a public reading and discussion here on campus. Lunch refreshments will be provided.


If you are interested in attending, it would be helpful if you could reply to, but you are welcome to attend without notifying us. There is a limit to the number who can fit into the room, however, so the lunch will be closed if that fills up.


Joelene Bergonzi, Associate Director

Political and Civic Engagement Program -- PACE

Ballantine Hall 132; 812-856-1747

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September 21st


From Media Ethnography to Theatrical Production: Voices, Transformations, and Instigations with Re-Generation



Debra Spitulnik Vidali (Emory University)


held at 1:15  -- Myers Hall room 130



Communication and Culture Colloquium Series


sponsored by Anthropology, Communication and Culture, Cultural Studies,

International Studies and PACE


Abstract: This talk discusses two dimensions of my ongoing research into

young adults' relations to news media and politics.  The first dimension

concerns the nature of ethnography and the epistemological challenges in

attempting to document and theorize from a person-centered,

phenomenological perspective what it means to connect with the (or a)

public sphere.  The second dimension reflects on an ongoing experiment

in public scholarship, which includes bringing the social science

research to the theatrical stage.  In 2009-2010, I wrote and produced a

documentary theatrical work based on ethnographic and interview research

into young adults' engagements with media and politics in the United

States. The play entitled "Re-Generation: A Play about Political

Stances, Media Insanity, and Adult Responsibilities" had three showings

in Atlanta, with a total audience attendance of 150 people.  Additional

audiences have subsequently been reached with the screening of a 60

minute DVD of the performance. My hope was, and continues to be, that

this ongoing experiment in scholar-activism contributes to new insights

and breakthroughs both within and across generations, particularly in

what are increasingly complex times for public sphere engagement in the




associate professor

Department of Communication and Culture