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Take advantage of automatic enrollment in your regional chapter. While each of the eight regions is unique, they all provide local conferences, networking opportunites, and other benefits to serve the special needs of their constituency. You can also volunteer to serve as a regional leader. 

Upcoming Regional Events

Spheres of Influence

University of Oklahoma - Univeristy of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art   |   September 24 - September 26, 2015

Oklahoma City rests at the intersection of many highways that cross the continental US. OKC is known for Boomers and Sooners, sunsets, beauty queens, red dirt, tornado alley, and a capital with an oil derrick on site. The variety contained promotes why the locality of Oklahoma City is the perfect place to explore how we identify and reflect on the many guiding "forces" impacting our creative lives. All of us are affected by a variety of influences from history, culture, identity, geography, politics, scientific discovery, mentors, and experience to name some. This conference hopes to address how these spheres of influence impact us as artists, educators, and students and how this manifests in our photography as discovery, investigations, and recording in our worlds. For questions, please contact Conference Chair - Alex Emmons

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Throwing Light, Catching Shadows

The Seelbach Hilton - Louisville, KY   |   October 01 - October 04, 2015

The University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute is pleased to host "Throwing Light, Catching Shadows," the 2015 Society for Photographic Education's Midwest Regional Conference. Celebrating innovation, this conference will explore the intersections among various historic and contemporary photographic methods. Diverse approaches including alternative processes and digital projections will be addressed to examine the spectrum of photographic experiences that connect public and private spaces. The featured speakers would not be possible without the collaborative partnerships of Bellarmine University, Indiana University Southeast, The Kentucky College of Art and Design at Spalding University with the University of Louisville.

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About A Place

Pittsburgh Filmmakers - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania   |   October 23 - October 24, 2015

"About a Place" addresses social, natural, political, psychological, and personal geographies, broadly. We invite members to submit work that explores the intersections of these and other ways of understanding the worlds in which we live, and through which we move. Our understanding of what constitutes "place" is rapidly changing, influenced by current events that ask how localities transform (gentrification), what national borders mean (ISIS, Russia/Ukraine) and to whom the United States "belongs" (Occupy); by geologic transformations (climate change, resource extraction); by new technologies (social media, surveillance and "big data," virtual realities, and global positioning); and more. What distinguishes a place? How can photographic practice articulate the relationships between experience and memory, or between history and landscape? How can photographic processes transform knowledge about place-based subjects? What are the stories that we tell about places, and why? We look forward to seeing responses that engage with these themes, using photography to both address and raise questions "About a Place."

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Choreographing the Image

Process & Practice in Contemporary Photography

Portland Community College - Southeast Campus - Portland, OR   |   November 05 - November 08, 2015

This year's conference focuses on the process and practice of making the photograph serve a purpose as we explore the varying ways photographers evolve their images. From concept through material and process to the end result, we explore the new ways of how traditional and historical technologies come together.

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Photography’s Role in Affecting Change

Photographic Resource Center - Boston, MA   |   November 06 - November 07, 2015

SAVE THE DATE!!! Advocacy: Photography’s Role in Affecting ChangeFriday, November 6 & 7 The SPE Northeast 2015 Regional Conference will be hosted by our friends the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University More details very soon...

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