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Communications Media lecture series continues Jan. 30

Posted 01/17/14

"Cancer, hidden disease" will be among the posters discussed Jan. 30.Fitchburg State University’s Communications Media Lecture Series continues in January with a presentation by Liz Resnick, chair of the Graphic Design Department at the Massachusetts College of Art, on “Propaganda and Protest Posters: A Select History of Civic Engagement by Artists.” Resnick’s lecture will be given Thursday, Jan. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in Ellis White Lecture Hall in Hammond Hall, 160 Pearl St. Admission is free.

As a medium for social change, posters record our struggles for peace, social justice, environmental defense, and liberation from oppression. From the confrontational and political, to the promotional, persuasive and educational, the poster in all its forms has persisted as a vehicle for the public dissemination of ideas, information and opinion. Posters are dissent made visible—they communicate, advocate, instruct, celebrate, and warn, while jarring us to action with their bold messages and striking iconography. Posters also serve as a potent visual manifestation of a designer’s commitment to society when non-commissioned posters are created as vehicles to raise money to support political and humanitarian causes.

Ready access to broadband and mobile communications and to digital production technologies has expanded the poster’s role well beyond the limitations of the printed surface, and in its wake has created a modern tool for support and protest. These new technologies promote truly global conversations coupled with unprecedented opportunities for changing attitudes or showing defiance or solidarity. With its mix of both low-tech and high-tech, of old and new, the poster, in all its forms, is still a core component of 21st century advocacy. “Propaganda and Protest Posters” showcases 122 empathetic and visually compelling images for our time.

In February, acclaimed New England filmmaker Jay Craven (whose credits include Where the Rivers Flow North, A Stranger in the Kingdom and the 2004 Emmy-winning public television comedy series Windy Acres) who will discuss “Turning Celluloid Dreams into (Digital) Reality.” Craven’s presentation will be given Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 3:30 p.m. in Percival Auditorium in Percival Hall, 254 Highland Ave.

The series concludes in April, when photographer Lou Jones presents “Designing Your Creative Life.” The profession of photography can be embraced for commercial or aesthetic reasons. A person can take pictures for art or money. But what if you could use photography as a vehicle on which to build your creative life? This talk will tackle the task of giving your life political, social, economic, and personal directions, i.e. how to overcome your fears & initiate diverse and provocative creative projects with photography as the core. Jones’ presentation will be given at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 9 at Ellis White Lecture Hall.

The series, now in its third year, launched in November with a presentation by cyber artist George Fifield, who discussed “The Past and Future of Interactive New Media.”

The Communications Media Lecture Series, organized by Professor Stephen Goldstein, is presented with support from Fitchburg State’s Ruth Butler Grant.

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