Join us in welcoming our new scholars Lisa Henderson and Isabel Molina-Guzmán!
Lisa Henderson is Professor of Communication, recent past Chair of the Department of Communication, and Faculty in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studies cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media, class discourse and ethnographic method. In most projects, these categories combine and re-define each other while addressing questions of personal, community and institutional power and autonomy. Henderson also writes about feeling, identification and everyday life, in the spirit—when it makes sense—of optimism and social solidarity. New work on artist/scholar collaboration and on friendship as a political form speaks to those possibilities. In 2011, Henderson received the Roy F. Aarons Award for Outstanding Contribution to GLBT Education and Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Henderson’s recent monograph, Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production, was a 2014 finalist in LGBT Studies for a Lambda Literary Award and is available from NYU Press.
Professor Henderson will be teaching Cultural Production Research on Mondays, 4-6pm.
Isabel Molina-Guzmán is an Associate Dean of the Graduate College and Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Media and Cinema Studies at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign. She also holds faculty affiliations in Gender & Women Studies and the Center for Caribbean and Latin America Studies. Her research centers on issues of social justice, inequality and the representational politics of identity with a special emphasis on US Latinas/Latinos and the mainstream media. Professor Molina-Guzmán is author of Dangerous Curves: Latina bodies in the media (2010, NYU) which examines discourses about iconic Latinas such as America Ferrera, Marisleysis González, Salma Hayek and others circulated online and in film, television, newspapers and tabloid texts. Her interdisciplinary research on race, ethnicity and gender in the media has appeared in blogs and numerous journals and edited collections, such as Critical Studies in Media Communication, Popular Communication, Journalism and Latino Studies.
Professor Molina-Guzmán will be teaching Social Justice, Inequality and the Media on Thursdays, 3-5pm.
Catered afternoon snacks will be available to those who attend.
RSVP to Emily Plowman by Monday, January 9th, 2017.
The Scholars Program in Culture and Communication was established as a venue for thinking about issues related to culture and communication. Each semester we host two visiting scholars whose presence serves as a valuable extension on the areas of expertise our faculty offer our students. Some of past scholars have included Kevin Robins, Daniel Dayan, Ien Ang, Nick Couldry, Slavko Splichal, and James Curran. Our visiting scholars present public lectures and seminars, teach a semester-long graduate class of their choice and become involved in a series of activities planned to increase interest in issues of culture and communication at the Annenberg School, at Penn, in the Philadelphia area, and in the region in the broadest sense.