MDA 599 - Getting the Picture: The History and Visual Culture of The News

MDA 599 - Getting the Picture: The History and Visual Culture of The News

VSRI Seminar Series
  • Dates:
    Thursday, January 30, 2014
    Thursday, February 6, 2014
    Thursday, February 13, 2014
    Thursday, February 20, 2014
    Thursday, February 27, 2014
    Thursday, March 6, 2014
    Thursday, March 13, 2014
    Thursday, March 20, 2014
    Thursday, March 27, 2014
    Thursday, April 3, 2014
    Thursday, April 10, 2014
    Thursday, April 17, 2014
  • Time:
    2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Campus:
    University Park Campus
  • Venue:
    Social Sciences Building (SOS)
  • Room:
    250
  • Cost:
    Free
  • Email:

Summary:

This course offers a point of entry into the surprisingly difficult question: What is a news picture and how does it work? The news picture is an image that operates across the boundaries that have traditionally divided the fields of art history, history, communications and media studies. An interdisciplinary team will teach this seminar. USC and area faculty are invited to join any seminar and will be provided with readings.

Description:

This is a weekly seminar series that any interested scholars can attend weekly or occasionally or once. To participate, rsvp: vsri@usc.edu and you will receive the syllabus, readings and updates.  If you attend for credit, it fulfills a requirement for the Visual Studies Graduate Certificate.
 
News pictures are created to be forms of communication, despite the fact that they are often no less expressive and interpretive than artworks. They share with art that they are visual expressions but they also self-consciously seek to inform about the present – the world currently accessible outside the picture – in a truthful way.  They are examples of Visual Evidence, the topic of research of USC’s Visual Studies Research Institute. This course offers a point of entry into the surprisingly difficult question: What is a news picture and how does it work? The news picture is an image that operates across the boundaries that have traditionally divided the fields of art history, history, communications and media studies. An interdisciplinary team will teach this seminar. USC and area faculty are invited to join any seminar and will be provided with readings.

This seminar will culminate in a conference, “Getting the Picture,” on May 4-5, 2014 at USC.  

1/29: Joshua Brown, CUNY: “On Sketch Reporting and the New York Draft Riots”
2/5: Matthew Amato, VSRI Postdoc: “Photography and the Civil War”
2/12: No Meeting
2/19: Ryan Linkof, LACMA: “The Tabloid”
2/26: Joe Clark, Franklin and Marshall: “Newsreels”
3/5: Kate Flint, USC: “On Flash”
3/12: Jason Hill, UNLV: “The Luce Empire”
3/26: Larry Gross, USC: “On the Ethics of Photojournalism”
4/2: Robert Hariman, Northwestern and John Lucaites, Indiana U: “Icons”
4/9: Vanessa Schwartz, “The News in Black and White – and Color”
4/16: Diane Winston, USC: “Picturing the Middle East”
4/23: Sarah Banet-Weiser, USC: “About to Die”
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • University of Southern California
  • College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Taper Hall 255
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-4353