2016 Schedule

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 – Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Shuttles from Holiday Inn depart at 7:45 am and 8:15 am

Breakfast/Introductions, 8:00 – 9:20

Welcome by Muhlenberg President, John Williams, 8:30 – 8:40

Introduction by Beth Corzo-Duchardt, 8:40 – 8:50

Session A, 9:30 – 10:30: Teaching Theory Panel

Moderator: Amy Corbin, Muhlenberg College

Film Theory and the Liberal Arts: Exploring the Changing Role and Place of Theory in Screen Studies Courses

  • Matthew Holtmeier, Ithaca College
  • Andrew Utterson, Ithaca College
  • Chelsea Wessels, Cornell University

Theory Without Tears: Teaching Film and Critical Theory

  • Shannon McRae, State University of New York at Fredonia

10:40 – 12:10: Teaching Theory Workshop

Ah, The Dreaded Theory Course: Considering the Essential Elements

  • Workshop Leader: Pam Wilson, Reinhardt University


1:20 – 2:50: Beyond the Classroom

Moderator: Aggie Ebrahimi Bazaz, Muhlenberg College

Critical Media Studies and Civic Engagement: Theory in Practice

  • Sarah Wolter, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Martin Lang, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • McKayla Murphy, Gustavus Adolphus College

Documentary on the Edges: Innovation through Collaboration

  • Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Muhlenberg College
  • Andy Smith, Lafayette College
  • Nandini Sikand, Lafayette College

Doing Interdisciplinary Digital Projects

  • Nicole Maurantonio, University of Richmond

Tea Time

3:30 – 4:50: In the Classroom

Moderator: Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Muhlenberg College

The Inquiry Approach for Media and Communication Courses

  • Aayah Amer, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Miranda Bennett, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Sean Gilmore, Baldwin Wallace University

Integrating Film History, Theory, and Production in Teaching Documentary and Experimental Film

  • Stu Minnis, Virginia Wesleyan College

5:00 – 5:45: Integrating Production Workshop

Integrating Production Assignments into Traditional Liberal Arts Courses

  • Workshop Leader: Jennifer Fleeger, Ursinus College
  • Workshop Leader: Anthony Nadler, Ursinus College


Shuttle to Holiday Inn departs at 7:45 pm. It will make a second stop at the Hamilton.

Drinks at the Hamilton, 8pm (no host)

Shuttles from Holiday Inn depart at 7:45 am and 8:15 am

Breakfast, 8:00 – 8:50

Session F, 9:00 – 10:30: Histories

Moderator: John L. Sullivan, Muhlenberg College

Media, Communication and Film Programs at Selective Liberal Arts Colleges

  • Anne Kitz, Muhlenberg College
  • Jeff Pooley, Muhlenberg College

Survival Strategies for Small Student Newspapers

  • Sara Vigneri, Muhlenberg College

(Re) Envisioning Media Studies: A Field Without A Fence?

  • William Sonnega, St. Olaf College

10:40 – 12:10: Workshop: Teaching Introductory Media, Communication, and Film Studies Courses?

  • Workshop Leader: Lisa Patti, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
  • Workshop Leader: Leah Shafer, Hobart and William Smith Colleges


1:20 – 2:50: Virtual Roundtable on Mentorship

Moderator: Rebecca Gordon, Northern Arizona University

Participants (via Skype):

  • Tarik Elseewi, Whitman College
  • Rashna Richards, Rhodes College
  • Traci Reeves, University of Chicago

3:00 – 4:30: Pre-Professional Training and the Liberal Arts

Moderator: Jeff Pooley, Muhlenberg College

So ā€¦ what kind of job can I get with a COMM major? Bridging the Practical and the Critical in Communication Studies

  • Jennifer Gauthier, Randolph College

Communication Theory, Practice, and the Liberal Arts

  • Molly Swiger, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Joe Tarantowski, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Sean Gilmore, Baldwin Wallace University
  • Andy Dohanos, Baldwin Wallace University

Capital-C, No ā€œsā€: Opportunities & Challenges in Building a Communication Major at a Liberal Arts College

  • Jonathan Lupo, Saint Anselm College
  • Carmen McClish, Saint Anselm College

Closing Session, 4:40 – 6:00

What Now: An Inclusive Discussion Concerning the Future of a MCFLAC Association

Coffee, tea, and light snacks will be served

  • David Park, Lake Forest College
  • Beth Corzo-Duchardt, Muhlenberg College
  • Louise Woodstook, Ursinus College

Shuttles to Holiday Inn depart at 6:10 pm and 6:40 pm