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Speaker’s Series: “Images are Disappointingly Concrete” Presented by Professor Sharrona Pearl

Professor Sharrona Pearl, Assistant Professor of Communication at the prestigious Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.

On January 17, she will be giving a talk to our department entitled “Images are Disappointingly Complete”.

Location: Carleton University, River Building Room 4301

Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

In recent years, there have been a number of high profile cases of professors using controversial images and displays in their classrooms, cases which have caused such a stir for their supposed salaciousness that Times magazine was prompted to ask “with classwork like this, who needs to play?” (Cullen 2006). In this talk, I ask not why but how professors go about presenting potentially controversial images in the context of their course. To what extent do they frame these images to their students? What are their selection criteria? Are students required to view the images, and are they even presented with a choice? Through these larger framing questions, I then analyze the why outside the constraints of debates around free choice and gratuitousness, seeking to understand the stakes for the use of these images as essential components of learning, debate, provocation, and knowledge acquisition in the university context.

Read Professor Sharrona Pearl’s faculty biography at The Annenberg School for Communication at University of Pennsylvania website.

If you would like to attend this event please confirm your attendance on the Facebook event page.


2 thoughts on “Speaker’s Series: “Images are Disappointingly Concrete” Presented by Professor Sharrona Pearl

  1. Pingback: Speaker’s Series: “The Digital Divide: Inside and Outside Chabad’s Use of Media” Presented by Professor Sharrona Pearl |

  2. What type of images were controversial, I would love to know. I would also be interested to know if they ran it past parents before hand and if there is a leagl requirement to. Without sounding like a nanny state I am sure that there are some images/subjects that we don’t want our children to be confroted with. There are a few more good points above.

    This is a subject that has caught my attention recently!

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