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Presentations Spring 2016:

The GMRC is excited to present the Africana Film Series. The film series features the work of contemporary African directors and kicks off with an opening on February 11th!  Join us for food and refreshments from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on February 11th at the University Museum.  

Film series curators John McCall, Chair, Department of Anthropology; Novotny Lawrence, Chair, Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media; and Leonard Gadzekpo, Interim Chair, Africana Studies, will introduce the series and a screening of “The Mirror Boy” by Obi Emelonye will follow. 

All of the films are free, and open to the public. Each of the screenings, which also will feature free soda and popcorn, will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursdays in the University Museum Auditorium. Special thanks to Rachel Gordon Fischoff for her generous and continued support.  

The film schedule is:

Feb. 11 -- “The Mirror Boy” by Obi Emelonye.

Feb. 18 – “Keita: Heritage of the Griot,” by Dani Kouyate.

March 10 – “The Figurine (Araromire),” by Kunle Afolayan.

April 14 – “Karmen Gei,” by Joesph Gai Ramaka.

May 12 – “”Yeelen,” by Souleymane Cissé.

For further information, contact Jay Needham, Professor and interim director of the Global Media Research Center in the Department of Radio, Television and Digital Media at

Presentations Fall 2015:

Perform:  Babel (shadows in the rearview mirror).  Lecture:  Approaching Machine Aesthetics.

Robert Spahr will present his live art work and discuss his work in the Communications Building room 1032 (Dean's Conference room) on Friday, November 6th at 4:00 P.M.

Migrant Workers and State Identity: Chinese Television News and the Representation of Agricultural Labor 

Dr. Hongyan  Li will present her latest research on how rural migrant workers are represented on Chinese television. She argues that official news agencies in China use images and stories of migrants to support state approved messages of social transformation. 
4:00pm, Friday Sept. 18- Communications room 1032 (Dean's Conference room)

Presentations Spring 2015:

Student-Faculty Research Groups:  Building and Mentoring for Communication Scholarship. 

Please join us in the Dean's conference room on April 17 at 2 pm for a presentation by Dr. Aaron Veenstra, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism. Dr. Veenstra will be discussing the establishment of the New Media Research Group, a dynamic group of graduates and faculty who are based on the college of Mass Communication and Media Arts. Both he and the students he works with are excited to share their methods and experiences with us.

Question Bridge Hosted by GMRC and The Big Muddy Film Festival

SIU’s Global Media Research Center will host a new symposium in collaboration with the Big Muddy Film Festival titled Expanding Media: Identities. The inaugural symposium has been established to create a forum to examine current and expanding trends in media making. This year’s symposium considers issues of identity and will have a unique focus on issues of representation from the perspectives of black men in the United States.

Expanding Media: Identities will feature the work of photographer Chris Johnson and the development of Question Bridge, a film, interactive web site, and mobile app that is “…a platform for Black men of all ages and backgrounds to ask and respond to questions about life in America”.

The Expanding Media: Identities symposium will begin with a screening of Question Bridge: Black Males on Friday, February 20th at 4:00 pm in the John Guyon Auditorium of Morris Library. The screening is free and open to the public. A brief reception will follow the screening and the event will continue with a panel session including: Chris Johnson of The Question Bridge, Dr. Gerald Butters, Professor of History at Aurora University, Dr. Novotny Lawrence, Chair of SIUC’s Radio, Television and Digital Media Department, Dr. Angela Aguayo, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cinema and Photography at SIUC and Hassan Pitts, Artist in Residence with the Big Muddy Film Festival.

A companion/ hands- on workshop titled Question This?: Workshopping the Tools of Cultural Dialog will take place on Saturday, February 21st from 1:00pm -3:00pm on the Cinema Soundstage in Communications 1116. Workshop leaders Chris Johnson and Hassan Pitts will guide participants on a practical and critical tour of today’s mobile technologies that will include concepts of ethnography and image-based representation. The event is free and open to the public. For workshop reservations, please contact Zach Sapienza at

For further information, please contact Jay Needham, Interim Director of the Global Media Research Center and Associate Professor for Radio, Television and Digital Media by email at

Presentations Fall 2014:

The Global Media Research Center & WSIU Present A Tour of Children’s Transmedia:  Press Play

Strip of images from PBS Kids animated television shows.

Do new technologies combine with storytelling to create learning opportunities? Find out for yourself and join us for an interactive tour of new digital content from PBS KIDS Ready To Learn and WSIU. We would like your input on how these public media tools are being developed. Bring your own devices or use the technology and game apps provided in the play space!   Need more information?  Please contact Jay Needham at  
Thursday December 4 • 2-3:30pm , Communications Building, Dean’s Conference Room 1032

The Global Media Research Center presents Argentina: Dreaming of a Sovereign River: Political Ecology of Place

 Sarah Lewison \ Brian Holmes Compass group Midwest

Image of hands on a map of South America. 

Compass goes to Argentina to think about alternatives to the modes of extraction that dominate our society.  As the Parana, South America's second biggest river is being converted to a superhighway for export of GMO soybeans, the argentive artists Ala Plastica asks, Who designs the territory?  Through collective research, artiists and activists begin to imagine the river itself and its basin as a laboratory and basis of governance.  Thursday, Nov 6 at 4:30 P.M. in Communications room 1032 (Deans Conference Room).

Go Lala Go!

Cast of Go Lala GoPhoto of the cast from the motion picture Go Lala Go!

The Global Media Research Center presents a lecture by Dr. Caiyun Wen.  The Research of Movie Product Placement from the Perspective of the Audience Psychology in the movie Go Lala Go!  Join School of Journalism faculty members, Wenjing Xie and Dong Han in a conversation with Dr. Wen after the lecture, 4:30- 5:30 pm.  Thursday, October 9 in Communications 1032 (Dean’s Conference Room).

The 78 ProjectImage of 78 Project Recorder Machine

The GMRC will host film director and 1981 SIUC graduate (Cinema and Photography) Alex Steyermark for a movie screening, record cutting session, and panel discussion on his new documentary entitled The 78 Project Movie. The screening will take place on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:00 pm in the John Guyon Auditorium of Morris Library and is free to the public. The screening will be followed by a live record cutting session.


The 78 Project Movie tells the story of two people on an ongoing journey to record today’s musicians as they perform the songs that inspired a century of music exactly as they were originally recorded, instantaneously onto 78rpm lacquer discs. With just one microphone, one 1930s Presto direct-to-disk recorder, and one blank disc, musicians are given one 3-minute take to cut a 78rpm record anywhere, finding in that adventure a new connection to our cultural legacy. For more information on the film, please visit The 78 Project Movie.

A panel session titled Cutting Records, Documenting Culture will take place on Thursday, October 2 at 10:30 am in the Dean’s Conference Room of the Communications Building (Room 1032) and is open to the public. Featured panelists include Alex Steyermark, Director of The 78 Project; Lavinia Jones Wright, Producer of The 78 Project; John McCall, Chair of SIU’s Anthropology Department; Pam Hackbart-Dean, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at SIUC; Novotny Lawrence, Chair of SIU’s Radio, Television and Digital Media Department; and Alex Kirt, MFA student in the College of Mass Communication and Media Arts.


For further information, please contact Jay Needham, Interim Director of the Global Media Research Center, at



Presentations Spring 2014:

Anna Friz presents "Radio Is Not a Container" this Thursday, April 10, from 3:30-4:30 in Communications 1032.  A celebrated sound artist, Friz's work spans experimental transmissions, live radio theater, and performed installations.  Her presentation focuses on how micro-radio functions in a media environment where creativity, technology, and research combine.  Doors open at 3 p.m.  Snacks will be available.  This presentation is sponsored by the Global Media Research Center and is free and open to the public.

SIU's Global Media Research Center is proud to present Jay Needham discussing and playing his soundscape "The Late Tropics" on February 27 from 3:30-4:30 in Communications Room 1032.  The work documents the sounds of neo-tropical rainforests in Panama and explores the possibility that an eco era is ending.  This work is on permanent display in Panama's BioMuseo, designed by Frank Gehry.  A question and answer session will follow.  

Professor Lana Rakow will address the question "What Do We Make of White Women?:  The Transnational Feminist Challenge to Feminist Communication Theory" in her presentation on March 18, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Communications 1032.  She is the Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Professor of Communication and Women's Studies at University of North Dakota.

Past Speaker Highlights

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Calabrese spoke on October 11, 2012

Professor Andrew Calabrese presented "Means and Ends:  Should We Care More about the Process or the Outcome of Democratic Communication?"  Thursday, October 11, from 3-5 p.m. in Communication 1032. Calabrese's question is particularly relevant at this point in the 2012 Presidential campaign given controversies over the first presidential debate as well as court decisions against restricting voters' access to the polls. Drawing on his research on traditional and new media, Calabrese explored the tension between democratic ideals and democratic pragmatism. Calabrese teaches in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at University of Colorado at Boulder.  He is a professor of media studies and was an associate dean.

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Dr.Herlander Elias Discussed His Research During a GMRC Event, Spring 2013

Dr. Herlander Elias explores how we are being reshaped by our relations with media from traditional television to the world wide web.  But what happens next in our post-web world?  Do we become a networker species -- not homo sapiens but homo cypiens?  Check out the podcast on SIU MCMA GMRC.