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Conference Presentations

Spring 2014

Jenna Hoge '14 and Lauren Meintsma '14 had their senior paper research chosen for presentation at the National Undergraduate Honors Conference.

Dr. Johnson presented "Deconstructing Minneapolis and Target Center/Field as Spaces of Cultural Production and Consumption" at the IACS Summit on Communication and Sport in New York City in March 2014.

Dr. Powell presented, "Understanding Generation C through a VidCon Lens: An Ethnographic Study of the YouTube Community. Central States Communication Association Convention, April, Minneapolis, 2014.

November 2013

Dr. Sweet presented, "Occupy Coruscant: The Clone Wars, Affluence, and the Absent Middle Class," at the 2013 Film & History Conference in Madison, WI. 

Spring 2013

Dr. Wilder presented Case study of personal group interaction. Assignment presented at the annual meeting of the Central States Communication Association, Kansas City, KS.  

Fall 2013

"Hours with Novian," a five-minute documentary film profiling Luther faculty member Novian Whitsitt has been chosen as an official selection for Louisville’s International Festival of Film. Dr. Johnson and Michael Crowe ‘13 produced the film.  Seth Duin '12 composed the score.

Dr. Johnson presented Hours with Amanda/ Hours with Novian/Hours with Ben at the Luther College Faculty Research Symposium, November 2013. 

Dr. Wilder presented An Engaged Study of Communication Practices Surrounding Later-Life Widowhood: "We Just Talked About What It Is Like to Not Have Your Buddy" at the Luther College Faculty Research Symposium, November 2013.

September 2013

Kelsey Engbrecht '14, Meghan Kaufenberg '14, and Isaac Skelton '14 had their Research Methods papers competitively selected for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association Conference. Kaufenberg's paper was selected as a top three paper of the conference.

Dr. Powell presented on two panels at the Iowa Communication Association Conference regarding professionalism in academia and the workplace.

July 2013

Dr. Johnson presented "NFL Films’ They Call It Pro Football (1966): Examining the Construction of Masculinity in Early Televised Sports Programming" at Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media and Feminism at Du Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom.

March 2013

Jena Schwake's '13 senior project "Star-Spangled Consumption," was selected for presentation at the National Council on Undergraduate Education at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse.

January 2013

Three five-minute documentary films produced by Dr. Johnson and Michael Crowe ’13 were screened at the Oneota Film Festival at on January 18. The films, "Hours with Amanda," "Hours with Ben" and "Hours with Novian," profile Luther faculty members Amanda Hamp '01, Ben Moore ’02 and Novian Whitsitt.

Four films, "Garden Guardians," "Volare," "From Crop to Co-op" and "Saving Creativity," produced by Luther students in video production courses taught by Dr. Johnson were also screened.

November 2012

Dr. Wilder presented a paper, "Life-Span Perspectives on Families Communicating During Times of Crises or Stress," and served as panelist and chair of the discussion panel for the Interpersonal Communication Division of the National Communication Association, Orlando, FL.

October 2012

Dr. Johns presented a revised version of the paper, "Two screen viewing and social relationships" at the Thirteenth International Conference of the Association of Internet Researchers at MediaCity: UK, the University of Salford, Greater Manchester, England.

September 2012

Rachel Woolsey ('14), Jena Schwake ('13), Cassandra Chalhoub ('13), and Samantha Shimak ('13) had research papers competitively selected for presentation at the 2012 Iowa Communication Association Convention. Woolsey won the top student paper award at the conference.

Communication Studies faculty attended the Iowa Communication Association Conference Sept. 20 & 21. Dr. Sweet, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Wilder presented a panel on "New Media & Popular Culture Pedagogy." Dr.  Powell presented on a panel titled, "Is technology replacing good teaching."

July 2012

Dr. Johnson presented "NFL Films and the Pairing of Pro Football and Television" at the Third Annual Conference on Sport & Society held July 23-25, 2012 at Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

June 2012

Dr. Johns presented a paper, "Two screen viewing and social relationships: Exploring the invisible backchannel of TV viewing" at the 2012 Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication (CATaC’12) conference at the University of Aarhus, Denmark

March 2012

Mikaela Belland ('12), Ashley Matthys ('12), Mandi Mikkelson ('12), and Anne Proescholdt ('12) had their panel presentation "How prominent women use media to effect social change" competitively chosen for the Women as Global Leaders conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Dr. Powell and Ashley Matthys ('12): Effects of Suicide on Siblings: Uncertainty and the Grief Process. Competitively accepted for presentation at the Central States Communication Association Convention.

November 2011

Dr. Sweet: Inaugural Voices of Barack Obama: Dialogic Rhetoric and the Presidential Self. Paper presented at the National Communication Association annual convention, New Orleans, LA, November 2011.

September 2011

Mikaela Belland, Mandie Mikkelson and Anne Proescholdt ('12) had research papers competitively selected for presentation at the 2011 Iowa Communication Association Convention. 

April 2011

Dr. Sweet: “Constituting The Clone Wars: Engaging Ethical Community in the Dialogic Moment.” Paper presented at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual convention, San Antonio, TX, April 2011.

Dr. Powell: Framing Islam: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of Terrorism Since 9/11. Presented at the 2011 Central States Communication Association Conference. Top paper panel.           

Dr. Powell: Culture, Race, Ethnicity & Sexuality: Using Film to Teach Difference. Presented at the Iowa Communication Association Conference in September 2010. Selected as spotlight panel for the Central States Communication Association Conference, April, 2011. 

Dr. Powell: Got Privilege?  Strategies for Teaching Normative Privilege. Presented at the Iowa Communication Association Conference in September 2010. Selected as spotlight panel for the Central States Communication Association Conference, April, 2011. 

February 2011

Dr. Sweet: “Reprinting Martin Luther King Jr.: Barack Obama and the Homogenization of Injustice.” Paper presented at the Western States Communication Association annual convention, Monterey, CA, February 2011. Top Four Paper in Rhetoric and Public Address.

November 2010

Dr. Sweet: “Constituting ‘the People’ as Rhetorical Interruption: Barack Obama and the unfinished hopes of an imperfect people.”  Paper presented at the National Communication Association annual convention, San Francisco, CA, November 2011.

October 2010

Dr. Johns presented a paper, "Facebook as a tool for religious fund-raising and support by religious organizations" at the Association of Internet Researchers international conference, Gothenburg, Sweden, Oct. 21-23, 2010.

September 2010

Students Ashley Matthys, Kate Patterson and Caitlin Showalter had their Research Methods papers competitively accepted for presentation at the Iowa Communication Association conference, held in Ankeny in September 2010. Ashley's paper was chosen for recognition as one of the top papers at the conference. In addition, a panel of students, Eric Boyken, Sean Parvi, Katie Patterson, and Kacey Wyttenhove also presented papers.

April 2010

Dr. Powell presented on a panel titled: "How to turn those revise and resubmits into published manuscripts" at the Central States Communication Association Conference, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Lerstrom  presented a paper, "Positive Family Communication" at the Southern States Communication association convention, April 9, 2010, Memphis, Tenn.

March 2010

Dr. Sweet presented a paper, “Top Chef and the Taste of Public Discernment” at the Popular Culture/American Culture Association annual convention, St. Louis, Mo.

January 2010

Dr. Johns presented a revised version of the paper, "Voting ‘present’: Religious organizational groups on facebook.com" via internet teleconference link at the Church and Mission in a Multireligious Third Millennium international conference held at Aarhus University, Denmark.