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Media Advisory: Southern Miss Art Kaul Journalism Symposium Panelists Scheduled PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Contact David Tisdale - 601.266.4499   

TO: News editors, directors

WHAT: The Art Kaul Symposium in Journalism, “Subverting the Dominant Paradigm: Celebrating the Legacy of Arthur J. Kaul,” hosted by the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism

WHERE: R.C. Cook University Union, Southern Miss Hattiesburg campus

WHEN: Friday, Feb. 27 

SPECIFICS: A group of scholars and veteran journalists will serve as panelists for the first Arthur J. Kaul Symposium. The event, honoring the late Southern Miss journalism professor Dr. Arthur J. Kaul, will be held at the university’s R.C. Cook University Union. Admission to panel sessions is free. Admission for the luncheon is $30.

Panels and presenters include:

Registration: Hall of Honors, R.C. Cook University Union, 8:15 – 8:45 a.m.

History Panel: 8:45 – 10 a.m.

- Pete Smith (moderator), assistant professor, Mississippi State University Department of Communication; 

- Debra Blakely, assistant professor of communication, University of Houston-Clear Lake School of Human Sciences and Humanities, "Mentoring the Fresh Researcher: Art Kaul's Approach to History and a Publishable Product";  

David R. Davies, professor and dean, Southern Miss Honors College, "Black, White, and Gray: Arthur Kaul's Interpretation of the Intersection Between the Media and Civil Rights."

Nancy DuPont, assistant professor, University of Mississippi Department of Journalism, "Words of Wisdom: Thoughts About Journalism History from the Blackboard of Art Kaul."

Sue Weill, associate professor, Texas State University – San Marcos School of Journalism and Mass Communication, "Nothing through the Cracks: How Art Kaul's Concern that Systematic Random Sampling of Newspaper Articles Can Produce an Oversimplification of Historical Generalizations Altered a Dissertation."

Media Ethics Panel: 10:05 – 11:20 a.m.

Gene Wiggins (moderator), Professor Emeritus, School of Mass Communication and Journalism, The University of Southern Mississippi, "Professors Got Ethics!!!: Art Kaul's Love of Teaching (and Practicing) Ethics"

Patrick Magee, Southern Miss beat writer, Hattiesburg American. "Keeping a clear mind: Objectivity as it pertains to today's beat writer, following Art Kaul's principles."

Joe Mirando, professor of communication, Southeastern Louisiana University, Department of Communication, "Reframing the Question of Whether a Journalist Is a Professional: Art Kaul's Ideas on the Fundamentals of Journalism."

James Stewart, associate professor of Mass Communication and Chair, Department of Mass Communication, Nicholls State University, "Coverage of Camp Sister Spirit: A Case Study in Ethical Press Performance"

Luncheon: 11:30 – 1 p.m., Union room B

- Keynote speakers: Jed Horne, former Times-Picayune editor and Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson

- Hall of Fame induction and Dr. Art Kaul Fellowship award

Literary Journalism Panel: 1 – 2:15 p.m.  

Ginger R. Carter Miller (moderator), professor of mass communication, Georgia College and State University. "The Value of Voice: Arthur Kaul's Influence on the Literature of Literary Journalism Research."  

David Bennett, adjunct professor, Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism: "The Beauty and Power of Language: Arthur Kaul's Interpretation of Literary Journalism as Art." 

Beth Christian, assistant professor, Louisiana Tech University Department of Journalism: "Literary Journalism as Subversion: Willie Morris and Art Kaul."   

Jason Peterson, instructor, Berry College Evans School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences: "When the Going Gets Weird, the Weird Turn Pro: Arthur Kaul's Interpretation of Gonzo Journalism and the Work of Hunter S. Thompson." 

"Art and Me":  2:20 – 3:35 p.m.

Hazel Cole (moderator), assistant professor, McNeese State University Department of Mass Communication: "How Would You Like to be in the Classroom?: How Art Kaul Shaped My Future as a Classroom Instructor."

Stuart Babington, assistant professor, Spring Hill College Department of Communication Arts, Spring Hill College. "Art over Time: Lessons Learned from a Passionate Journalism Educator."

Pete Smith, assistant professor, Mississippi State University Department of Communication. "The Art of the 'Sexy' Topic: Practical Lessons Learned From My Mentor."

Laura Walton, assistant professor, Mississippi State University Department of Communication."Teaching with Zest and Zeal: Art Kaul's Influence on My Classroom Conduct."

CONTACT: Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism at 601.266.4258.


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