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Words and pictures that matter

by Robert Stewart, Director

This year’s Schuneman Symposium is about what matters most to us: Making an impact. The central question we will examine is, how are social movements changed by the coverage they receive, through pictures and words?

It all starts with the 3:10 p.m. (Baker Center Theater) showing of “One Thousand Pictures: RFK’s Last Journey,” a film featuring the images of photographer Paul Fusco, a 1957 graduate of Ohio University. Fusco’s photographs document the New York-to-Washington train that carried the body of Robert Kennedy from funeral to burial. More important, Fusco captured the respect and sadness of thousands of Americans who stood vigil as the train somberly crept to its destination.

Listen to a preview of this year’s symposium on WOUB’s Conversations from Studio B, featuring Smitty Schuneman. Read speaker bios at symposium schedule.
Wednesday morning, Fusco’s pictures will be discussed beginning at 9:30 (Baker Center Theater) in a format that will feature a conversation between the photographer and long-time magazine designer Will Hopkins.

At 2:10 p.m., two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and JSchool alumnus Clarence Page will deliver his remarks, “Believing is Seeing: How News Images Change Politics” (Baker Center Theater). GritTV founder and host Laura Flanders will follow Page with her talk, “Seeing is Sharing: Breaking News via New Media,” focusing on the role of social media in shaping coverage of social movements.”

The final event of the symposium (5:15 p.m., Baker Center Ballroom) flips the conversation on its head, with Rev. Jesse Jackson discussing being on the receiving end of media coverage, as well as how social media are being used by communities to tell their own story.

The Schuneman Symposium is made possible by the generous support of Pat and Smitty Schuneman, alumni of Ohio University. We are very grateful to them for being engaged, connected, and intellectually curious. They are a model for all of us.

All events are free and open to the public.

April 10, 2012

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