Representation and Social Change Symposium
February 23-24, 2012
The 2010/2011 Faculty Fellows Program at the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities will host a symposium titled "Representation and Social Change" on February 23 and 24, 2012. The symposium serves as the culminating project of the Fellows' year-long seminar. The symposium will take place in the auditorium of the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center. The schedule follows.
Thursday, February 23
6:30 p.m. Carl Deal and Tia Lessin
Screening of Trouble the Water documentary and discussion
Deal and Lessin directed and produced this 2009 Academy Award®-nominated documentary about Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The film is the winner of the Gotham Independent Film Award and the Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize. They were also producers of Michael Moore's films Fahrenheit 9/11, Bowling for Columbine, and, more recently, Capitalism: A Love Story.
Introduction: Edward Wright-Rios, Associate Professor of History, Vanderbilt University,
2010/2011 Warren Center Fellow.
Friday, February 24
8:45-9:00 a.m. WELCOMING COMMENTS, ARTS AND SCIENCE DEAN'S OFFICE
9:00-10:30 a.m. Sarah Sobieraj
"Covered: Activists, Journalists, and News in a Shifting Media Landscape"
Sobieraj is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Tufts University. She is a specialist in media, politics, and
culture, and is the author of Soundbitten: The Perils of Media-Centered Political Activism. Sobieraj's current
project examines the remarkable expansion of political opinion media, focusing on political blogs, talk
radio, and cable news programming.
Introduction: Laura Carpenter, Associate Professor of Sociology, Vanderbilt University, 2010/2011
Jacque Voegeli Fellow, and co-director of the Warren Center Fellows Program.
10:30-10:45 a.m. COFFEE BREAK
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m Camilo José Vergara
"Detroit: The Eternal City of the Industrial Age"
Vergara is a photographer, writer, and documentarian. He is a 2002 MacArthur Fellow whose books
include American Ruins and How the Other Half Worships. Vergara has been called the "Archivist of
Decline," having documented the American inner city for the past 41 years in his collection, the New
American Ghetto Archive.
Introduction: Anne Morey, Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M University, 2010/2011
William S. Vaughn Visiting Fellow.
12:15-1:30 p.m. LUNCH BREAK
1:30-3:00 p.m. J. Robert Cox
"Climate Change, Media Convergence, and Public Uncertainty"
Cox is Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies and the Curriculum in the Environment and
Ecology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Environmental
Communication and the Public Sphere. Cox has also served three times as the President of the Sierra Club.
Introduction: Bonnie Dow, Associate Professor and Chair of Communication Studies, Vanderbilt University,
2010/2011 Spence and Rebecca Webb Wilson Fellow, and co-director of the Warren Center Fellows Program.
3:00-3:15 p.m. COFFEE BREAK
3:15-4:45 p.m. Farhad Manjoo
"True Enough: Learning to Live in a Post-Fact Society"
Manjoo is the technology columnist at Slate and Fast Company, and he is a regular contributor to the New
York Times and National Public Radio where he discusses technology, new media, politics, and journalism.
Introduction: Terence McDonnell, Kellogg Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame,
2010/2011 Warren Center Fellow.
4:45-5:30 p.m. RECEPTION