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Grad Night: Jesse Egner, Ranran Fan, and Trent Bozeman


An evening of presentations by three graduate students exploring personal, sexual, and racial identity. Trent Bozeman uses his practice as a tool to aid in the act of remembering his past, both ancestral and temporal. His current work explores Gullah sea island communities and the memories that continue to prolong their cultural significance. Ranran Fan works primarily in photography, installation and performance to create images and devices as manifestos about issues such as authoritarian surveillance and control of mass media, and sexual assaults and violence against women (especially women of color) in the patriarchal white-supremacy society. Jesse Egner's playful and performative photographs reflect on experiences of allientation within the LGBTQ community. Using a visual language of "body neutrality," Egner photographs queer bodies that are meant to be neither grotesque nor beautiful, as well as particular interactions between queer bodies, reflections, and environments.

Panel Discussion: Other Archives

Runtime: 1:29:25

SPE's Multicultural Caucus is pleased to present "Other Archives," a panel discussion on the ways artists have created and used archives to interrogate and dismantle existing narratives.

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A Yellow Rose Project- How Far Have We Come in 100 Years?

Runtime: 1:10:41

The SPE Women's Caucus is proud to present Meg Griffiths and Frances Jakubek's project, A Yellow Rose, brings together over 100 women all across the country making photographic work in response, reflection, or reaction to the ratification of the 19th Amendment.

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FotoFika - February 3, 2021


On February 3rd, Annu Palakunnathu Matthew and Max Kandhola shared their thoughts on shifting and expanding the canon of photography in our classrooms and institutions. They asked our audience bring examples to share of sites, publications, and resources you might already be using toward this initiative so that we might all benefit from the wealth of knowledge that's already out there. They shared strategies and observations from both the perspective of faculty and students. Read more about Annu's accomplishments and view her work on her website: Read more about Max's accomplishments on his academic site:

FotoFika - January 20, 2021


On Jan 20, 2021, Geoff Delanoy, Lindsay Metivier, B. Proud, E. Brady Robinson, and Elena Volkova shared their strategies for teaching studio lighting photography in our virtual classrooms. Similar to last week, we used the meeting more as an open forum/workshop. Each of our guests shared their thoughts on teaching studio lighting virtually.

FotoFika - January 06, 2021


We Hosted a FotoFika Workshop on January 6 at 4PM EST and talked to Tom Leininger talk about teaching darkroom photography with reduced, distanced or non-existent class darkroom time.

FotoFika - December 15, 2020


For our final FotoFika of 2020, Assistant Professor, Jonathan Molina-Garcia from VCUarts joined us. Molina-Garcia was already using hybrid teaching/critique strategies in his classroom even before COVID 19 and has since incorporated innovative remote teaching and student focused engagement at both the grad and undergraduate level.

FotoFika - November 18, 2020

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FotoFika - October 28, 2020

Runtime: 59:14

FotoFika - September 30, 2020

Runtime: 26:27

On September 30th FotoFika hosted Edgar Cardenas. Cardenas' work operates in the space between art and science combining sustainability, social justice and photography. He discussed his class at Michigan State and how he and his students are dealing with teaching this semester and how the art/science dichotomy can perhaps present some solutions for the Covid moment. Edgar has a Phd in Sustainability from ASU and is currently a post-doc fellow at Michigan State University. His book, Between Two Pines addresses artists' responsibility to participate in sustainability.

FotoFika - September 16, 2020

Runtime: 23:14

MUTE IS ON: IN A PEDAGOGICAL CRISIS, THE ANSWER IS SHARING - by Marni Shindleman - Marni leads the photography, Art X and AB in Interdisciplinary studies programs at the University of Georgia. She joined FotoFika on September 16, 2020.

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FotoFika - May 20, 2020

Runtime: 58:19

SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, May 20th at 4:00 pm EDT. We were joined by Mike Mandel who created the iconic series of 'Baseball-Photographer Trading Cards'.

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FotoFika - May 13, 2020

Runtime: 32:51

This week on FotoFika, Stephanie DeMer joined us to talk about strategies for establishing healthy work/live/creativity balance during COVID 19. DeMer is the Iowa Idea Visiting Assistant Professor in Photography at The University of Iowa, she holds an MFA in Photo + Film from Virginia Commonwealth University and as part of sustaining her artistic research, she is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher.

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FotoFika - May 6, 2020

Runtime: 33:20

SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 22nd. This week we invited David Tinapple to talk about CritViz.

FotoFika - April 29, 2020

Runtime: 40:12

SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 29th. This week Cheryle St. Onge and Logan Bellew joined us.

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FotoFika - April 22, 2020

Runtime: 35:07

SPE hosted the weekly FotoFika on Wednesday, April 22nd. This week Rebecca Barret-Fox who wrote the article 'Please do a bad job of putting your courses online', joined us.

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FotoFika - April 15, 2020

Runtime: 30:04

SPE hosted the 5th weekly FotoFika. This week, we announced a new project and Alison Nordström joined us this week!

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FotoFika - April 8, 2020

Runtime: 30:52

SPE hosted the 4th weekly FotoFika. This weeks discussion was part two in a series on transitioning thesis exhibitions online.

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FotoFika - April 1, 2020

Runtime: 28:03

SPE hosted the 3rd weekly FotoFika. This weeks disucssion was a two part series on transitioning thesis exhibitions online.

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FotoFika - March 25, 2020

Runtime: 30:00

We invited Rebekah Modrak – artist, author of Reframing Photography and a professor at the University of Michigan to talk about her assignment Windows Serenade among other things. We also went over the FotoFika site and some of the questions posted last week specifically in relation to teaching darkroom classes.

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FotoFika - March 18, 2020

Runtime: 1:08:57

SPE members, Betsy Schneider from ASU and John Freyer from VCU, will be hosting a weekly Fotofika ("fika" being a good Swedish concept of coffee and talk) on Zoom hosted by SPE to talk about some ideas for distance teaching. We will also provide a space for conversation and questions as we progress through this unprecedented time with hope of doing more than just getting by. The plan now is to have the first 20 minutes be somewhat formal and the remaining 40 minutes for questions and comments. Afterwards we'll post the first 20 minutes for those who can't make it synchronously. SPE Members will be able to view the full 40 minutes by logging into their account on the SPE website.

Jeff Curto, "A Life in Photography, Teaching & Learning"

Runtime: 39 minutes

SPE Midwest Region - 2013 Honored Educator Presentation by Jeff Curto.

SPE NOLA Juried Caucus Exhibition

Runtime: 3:00

Check out this video that was created to recap SPE's multi-caucus exhibition at the 2015 national conference.

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John Upton, "The Golden Decade: The Students of Ansel Adams, Minor...

Runtime: 49 minutes

This is a recording from the SPE 2013 National Conference in Chicago, IL. The presentation examines the unique history of the photography program at the California School of Fine Arts (now the San Francisco Art Institute) from 1945 to 1955. The significance of the program in the postwar era of photographic education will be discussed in addition to the presentation of student and faculty photographs from the period.

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Adam Ekberg, "Creating Temporal Environments"

Runtime: 42 minutes

Ekberg's work over the last 10 years has involved creating environments and intervening in landscapes exclusively for the purpose of making photographs. In these images he uses a vast array of objects, materials, lights, and techniques to transform the setting and thereby influence what is captured within the photographic frame. Ekberg's images add up to a world of objects misplaced, misused, or inexplicably activated. He hope that an illogical moment of disbelief allows for a potential reality, just slightly off, to present itself in these photographs.

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Takashi Arai, Exposed in a Hundred Suns: US-Japan Nuclear Legacies...

Runtime: 18 minutes

If art is something that we cannot stop demanding to overpower us, or to transcend human knowledge and death, perhaps the new suns unveiled by thermonuclear bombs are some extreme realization of this demand-even if this is something that leaves an unremovable curse on the earth. There is a heavenly image of a nuclear cloud captured from way up in the sky. There is another image of deformed bodies piled on the ground of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. This is my impossible journey in search of new monuments to connect two images separated by an unbridgeable divide between extreme beauty and extreme ugliness.

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The Herstory of the Female Filmmaker - '16 SPE Film Festiva...

Runtime: 14:30

An animated history of female filmmakers. Directed by Kelly Gallagher | Distribution: | 2009 | Contact:

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Echo - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:51

In echo the filmmaker addresses the sense of mirroring and finding her location in the system in where she lives and was brought up, to understand where and who she comes from. Echo is an imperfect return of sound. The film investigates the process of establishing identity through echos

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The Trial of Spring/Syria: Brides of Peace - '16 SPE Film F...

Runtime: 9:14

The sisters Kinda and Lubna Zaour walked through the main souk in Damascus dressed as brides, a symbol of love and peace. They were arrested almost immediately. Directed by Lauren Feeney | Distribution: | 2015

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Dying Bee - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:31

This short experimental film reflects transcendental personal experiences associated with time and death and questions the condition of evident environmental deterioration caused directly from humanities interactions with the natural world. Directed by Patricia Lois Nuss | Distribution: | 2015

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A Story of Three Girls - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 4:04

Rebika Bhandari, Topala Pun Magar and Sabita Chising are three Nepali women who graduated from college on scholarships from the Bo M. Karlsson Foundation. In Nepal, one of the world’s poorest countries, only 3% of women attain advanced degrees and attending college often requires challenging long held views about the role of women in society. This short animation is a window into their difficult past, promising future and the power of education to transform a country.

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Encounter - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 1:08

Directed by Tulu Bayar | Distribution: | 2008 In Encounter, artist Tulu Bayar deals with the constructed identity and investigates how outside appearance affects one’s perception of another person. This experimental short video explores in four different scenarios the strange but familiar momentary dynamics that exist between two strangers who walk by each other. Contact:

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Inspector Xugha - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:27

Xugha, a woman from a distant time and place, walks around her environment collecting data while struggling with an armful of objects. She uses obsolete technology to mediate her surroundings, which are quickly becoming exhausted. Directed by Amanda Le Kline | Distribution: | 2014

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Six Letter Word - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 16:33

An unlikely mother is forced to confront her young son’s autism after an unexpected encounter with one of her johns. Directed by Lisanne Sartor | Distribution: | 2013

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Strange Fruit - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:29

This work, set to Nina Simone’s Strange Fruit, examines a place, space, and time that is familiar and yet unknown. My interpretive dance is a response to the tragedy of black men lynched in the South. Through ritual and dance, I embody the loss and mourning of these men. Director: Alexis McGrigg | Distributor: | 2015

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The Ballad of Holland Island House - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 4:19

The Ballad of Holland Island House is a short animation made with an innovative clay-painting technique in which a thin layer of oil-based clay comes to vibrant life frame by frame. Animator Lynn Tomlinson tells the true story of the last house on a sinking island in the Chesapeake Bay. Told from the house's point of view, this film is a soulful and haunting view of the impact of sea-level rise. Directed by Lynn Tomlinson | Distribution: | 2014

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

Liberation - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:15

It’s about time. From the moment the Racing Homers are brought to the release location to the moment they are liberated; a year’s worth of work boils down to seconds. Directed by Annie Donovan | Distribution: | 2015

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Susan - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 11:31

This film is my first experience creating a vignette about a personal subject

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Boys Are Back In Town - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:46

A gang of turkeys chases away a lone peacock, asserting their dominance as the kings of the coop. The fowl are all ultimately dominated by their confinements. Directed by Amanda Le Kline | Distribution: | 2015

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Twice Fried Plantains - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

In Twice-Fried Plantains I work in the backyard of my maternal grandparents' home in Miami. Here I set the stage for the body of work Remembrances, establishing two significant components: food and performance. In the video, I perform two tasks that are a part of my Cuban family’s fading vernacular: harvesting bananas and preparing twice-fried plantains. Directed by Ania Moussawel | Distribution: | 2012

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

ImBalancing - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 2:11

A homage to Marcel Duchamp and his alter-ego Rrose Selavy. Starring Adam Wesley George & Colette Copeland. Imbalancing is the sixth performance video collaboration between Copeland and George. Directed by Colette Copeland | Distribution: | 2015

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Morning Coffee - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 1:00

A meditation on morning coffee. Peering into the cup, a journey of half dream/half daydream as one gains consciousness. Directed by Tracy Miller-Robbins | Distribution: | 2015

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Our Pale Blue Dot - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 7:41

A story of discovering our Earth from the vantage point of space. From the point of view of an astronaut, a fledgling weather satellite, or an orbiting fleet of high-tech robots, we now have a perspective of our planet of which our ancestors could only have dreamed. Directed by Victoria Weeks | | 2014

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Pen Up The Pigs - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 12:01

The historical connections between the violence of slavery and modern day racist policing and mass incarceration are explored through cut-out animation. In moments of struggle, as people fight back against racism and their oppression, the natural world responds as animated cut-out flowers grow frantically, pollinated by the militant resistance of the oppressed, as gardens of new life are born out of struggles to destroy white supremacy. Directed by Kelly Gallagher | Distribution: | 2014 | Contact:

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The Sun Prints of Meg Madison - Schatzie - '16 SPE Film Fes...

Runtime: 6:08

Photographer Meg Madison created a series of cyanotypes entitled, Thirst, featuring women over the age of sixty and 95- year-old Fran Hoffman, aka Schatzie, agreed to be one of the participants. Meg selected the L.A. River as the site for the print, and the water, dirty though it was, flowed as cleansing and mighty. Schatzie’s daughter, Kim Abeles, created this video about the process. Directed by Kim Abeles | Distribution: | 2015

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Women In War - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:05

This work began with research on the tag “women” on YouTube, where I found stereotypical women's images with titles like “Most Beautiful, Famous or Sexy.” By re-editing the found footage and adding sound from reports on women in war and violence against women, the subversion of women's media images and the woman as a commoditized object becomes obvious. The video breaks with a world of male illusions and exposes a world of male transgression. Directed by Evelin Stermitz | Distribution: | 2010

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Vignettes (Enatic) - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

Part of the video series Vignettes, Fetal explores intimate experiences captured and shared in fragments. Fetal references a feminine relationship to fertility and mortality; questioning the opposing forces of potentiality and fear, beauty and grotesque, nature and culture. Directed by Ashley Czajkowski | Distribution: | 2015

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Vignettes (Fetal) - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 3:44

Part of the video series Vignettes, Fetal explores intimate experiences captured and shared in fragments. Fetal references a feminine relationship to fertility and mortality; questioning the opposing forces of potentiality and fear, beauty and grotesque, nature and culture. Directed by Ashley Czajkowski | Distribution: | 2015

Tags: women's caucus, 2016 Film Festival,

Wobble Shoes - '16 SPE Film Festival

Runtime: 0:38

This short experimental film was made in conjunction with a photographic series titled “Rituals” which focuses on the role of nightclubs and sexualized dance play in human mating rituals. Directed by Patricia Lois Nuss | Distribution: | 2012

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SPE Exhibition: "Off the Web, On the Wall 2" - Winter 2014/15

Runtime: 10 minutes

A brief tour of SPE's member exhibition - installed in SPE's national headquarters in Cleveland.

2015 SPE National Conference Highlights Video

Runtime: 3:58

Highlights video from SPE's 2015 National Conference in New Orleans by Walker Pickering.

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My Shadow is a Word Writing Itself Across Time - '18 Media Festiva...

Runtime: 6:05

Prompted by the fear of internment of Muslim Americans, this film reflects upon Manzanar, CA, the site of the largest WWII era Japanese internment camp in the US. Directed by Gazelle Samizay | Distribution: | 2017

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Yangtze Drift - '18 Media Festival


Directed by John Rash | Distribution: | 2014 | This graceful and looping path along the Yangtze River allows reality to give way to kinetic abstractions in a contemporary city symphony film focused on Asia's longest river as an individual place. In beautiful black and white, this quiet and meditative river tour often confounds preconceptions while at the same time disputing the authenticity of the journey on which we have embarked.

Tags: Media Festival, Multicultural,

This is All You Need to Know - '18 Media Festival

Runtime: 8:49

Directed by Coral Pereda Serras | Distribution: | 2017 | This is All You Need to Know is an exploration of interfamilial relationships and dynamics by emphasizing culturally specific politics in Spain and the notion of divided identities. This film is a challenge to absolute positions and a search for the in-between spaces that construct one's identity.

Tags: Media Festival, Multicultural,

Olympic Favela - '18 Media Festival


Directed by Marc Ohrem-Leclef | Distribution: | 2016 | As urban development projects for 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro pressed ahead, the city government removed thousands of families from their homes in Rio's slums (favelas). The last chapter of the Olympic Favela project (2012-2016), this film portrays the favela residents' relationship with their communities.

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The Four Hijabs - '18 Media Festival

Runtime: 12:06

Directed by Elizabeth Wuerffel | Distribution by | 2016 | The Four Hijabs is an entertaining and accessible opportunity to engage with the complex ideas surrounding the hijab.

Tags: Media Festival, Multicultural,

The Exhale - '18 Media Festival

Runtime: 23:38

Directed by Mohammad Hormozi | Distribution: | A father returns to his boyhood village along with his son to bury the remains of his own father under his favorite tree.

Tags: Media Festival, Multicultural,

Genesis - '18 Media Festival

Runtime: 10:00

Directed by Abtin Mozafari | Distribution: | 2017 A fantasy short film with a critical point of view about the horrible situation in Syria.

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Blows With The Wind - '18 Media Festival

Runtime: 6:30

Directed by Hazhir As'adi | Distribution: | 2017 A scarecrow journeys from his field under duress, only to find respite in the most likely of places.

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SPE National Conference 2013

Runtime: 1 minute 13 seconds

Come by our table at the SPE National Conference 2012 (Society for Photographic Education). RayKo Photo Center -

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Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman, "Geolocation: Tribute to the Dat...

Runtime: 23 minutes

Nate Larson and Marni Shindelman's collaborative practice focuses on the cultural understanding of distance as perceived in modern life and network culture. In this video lecture, Nate explores the collaborative Geolocation project, which uses publicly available embedded GPS information in Twitter updates to track the locations of user posts. The collaborators then make photographs on the site of the update and pair the images with the originating text. The act of making a photograph anchors and memorializes the ephemeral online data in the real world and also probes the expectations of privacy surrounding social networks.

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Tahoe CoLab Exhibition

Runtime: 16:13

In conjunction with the 2017 Society for Photographic Education West and Southwest Joint Chapter Retreat, "Tahoe CoLab: Creativity, Community, and Collaboration."

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SPE Exhibition: "Off the Web, On the Wall 1" - Summer 2014

Runtime: 19 minutes

A brief tour of SPE's member exhibition - the first in a series - installed in SPE's national headquarters in Cleveland.

Patrick Nagatani: LIVING IN THE STORY

Runtime: 3 min 37 sec

This film documents thirty-five years of artmaking by distinguished SPE member Patrick Ryoichi Nagatani, pioneer of the Contemporary Constructed Photographic Movement. Patrick's innovative, prolific work deals with anxiety in the nuclear age and methods of healing and transcendence. Scott Nagatani's hauntingly beautiful music score provides the film's soundtrack. The screening of the film will take place at SPE's 2018 Annual Conference in Philadelphia, PA on Thursday, March 1, from 10:30 - 11:30 am.

Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe, Twenty Years of Collaboration

Runtime: 55 minutes

SPE 2014 National Conference Presentation "Twenty Years of Collaboration" by Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe.

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SPE Contingent Faculty Webinar Series Part 2

Runtime: 1:13:35

Part II: September 3, 2020 - How is COVID-19 changing the state of higher education? This second part of our series on the state of higher education will present research to date on how COVID is changing higher-ed and what faculty and students might anticipate going forward. Presenters will address trends in higher ed escalated by COVID, efficacy of COVID protocols, the impact of COVID on tenure track and contingent faculty, unanticipated outcomes of the pandemic and the bio-politics of COVID-19 in the paradigm of contemporary higher education. Presented by Former Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Coriana Close and Contingent Faculty Caucus Co-chair Erin Jennings. Q&A Moderated by Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Michael Darough

SPE Contingent Faculty Webinar Series Part 3

Runtime: 1:16:09

Part III: November 19, 2020 - Join us for the third part of our series as we discuss diversity in higher-education as it exists in our contemporary socio-political landscape. This webinar will address evolving trends in representation, the role of faculty of color in their departments and institutions, and the intricacies of diversity and inclusion as they manifest for faculty and students. Presenters will unpack the intersectionality between COVID-19, the Black Lives Matter Movement and the bio-politics of race and diversity in higher education. Presented by Former Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Coriana Close, Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Michael Darough, and Contingent Faculty Caucus Co-chair Erin Jennings.

SPE Contingent Faculty Webinar Series Part 1

Runtime: 1:08:29

Part I: August 13, 2020 – Join SPE for a presentation on the state of higher education as it exists within the contemporary American political landscape. This webinar will address the corporatization of higher-ed, hiring practices and the crisis of contingency, diversity and equity, labor rights issues and mobilization of faculty and students in effort to reclaim higher education. Speakers will in addition address how these aspects of higher-ed are impacted by COVID-19 in preparation for the second part of our series. Presented by Contingent Faculty Caucus Co-chair Erin Jennings. Q&A Moderated by Multicultural Caucus Co-chair Michael Darough

Carol Golemboski, "That Old Black and White Magic"

Runtime: 34 min

Carol Golemboski's manipulated, metaphorical images of classic illusions relate photography to the golden age of magic. Here the photographer is the conjurer, a performer who creates photographic tricks behind the curtain of the darkroom. For anyone who has ever marveled at an image "magically" appearing in the developer, these photographs express nostalgia or a way of making pictures that has quickly (and perhaps hastily) been overshadowed by digital technology. This project represents more than wistfulness for a past era and disappearing photographic techniques. It suggests that the magic of the darkroom has a place in photography's future.

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Steven Skopik, "Significant Insignificance-Banality in Contemporar...

Runtime: 47 minutes

Over the last few decades banality has emerged as a dominant conceptual position and aesthetic sensibility. In contrast to reigning traditions of the early and mid 20th-century approaches that valorized technical flourish, formal virtuosity, and a relatively earnest expressive register much contemporary photographic practice has gravitated towards intentionally crude pictorial styles, quotidian subject matter and a general temper of ambivalence and irony. Contradictorily, this version of banality alludes to a lurking and often fraught significance. Such work acknowledges the photographic medium's many contradictions and communicative limitations, while embracing its nonetheless considerable-and enduring-representational allure.

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2014 National Conference Highlights Video

Runtime: 7 minutes

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