The Teaching Professor Conference 2017
Jun
2
Jun 4

The Teaching Professor Conference 2017

  • Marriott St Louis Grand

Representing KPU, I will be presenting the following session at this year's Teaching Professor Conference in St Louis:

Web Visibility Matters: A Social Media Primer for Academics

While some embrace social media as an extension of their professional practice, others remain unsure about how it can or should play a role. Welcome to your primer for web visibility: an interactive demonstration that will create meaningful connections between your teaching, research, and service activities and your “followers.” You will learn to take a controlling interest in your web real estate to prevent random sites and aggregators from constructing your professional identity for you, and how to use privacy settings to protect yourself and your students. Please bring a laptop to this session.

Learning goals:

  • Identify the social media options best suited to your research and service

  • Separate your professional profile(s) from your personal one(s) or unify them with a clear intention

  • Populate professional profiles on a targeted selection of social media sites

  • Create a customized strategy for SEO (search engine optimization)

TALK Film Study -- Black Comedy
Mar
6
Mar 13

TALK Film Study -- Black Comedy

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University

My film study TALK will focus on the black comedy,notorious for pushing the boundaries of decency, good taste, and moral certainty. As a film genre, it encourages the viewer to find
humor in its twisted outlook on otherwise taboo subjects. In what other medium can you vicariously have your wife kidnapped so that you can extort a ransom from your wealthy father-in-law (Fargo) or swap murders with your two best friends to collectively get rid of your bosses (Horrible Bosses)? This two-part course will look at several cinematic variations on the black comedy, with a main focus on Damian Szifron’s Wild Tales (2014), an anthology film comprised of six shorts united by a common theme: revenge. Delve into the cathartic, visceral power of the black comedy in this film study. Isn’t it better to choose laughing over crying?
 

NEPCA 2016 conference
Oct
21
Oct 22

NEPCA 2016 conference

  • Keene State College

Join me, as the Alfred Hitchcock/Film Noir panel moderator, for the Northeast/Popular American Culture Association's 2016 conference at Keene State College. NEPCA is a community of scholars interested in advancing research and promoting interest in the disciplines of popular and/or American culture, with a membership of university and college faculty members, emeriti faculty, secondary school teachers, museum specialists, graduate students, independent scholars, and interested members of the general public. NEPCA is an independently funded affiliate of the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association. I also will be in attendance to promote KPU's forthcoming film studies journal, Mise-en-scene.

KDocs Outreach Screening for Pride Week
Jul
28
5:30 pm17:30

KDocs Outreach Screening for Pride Week

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University

In partnership with the KDocs Community Outreach program, practicum students in my ENGL 4300: Writing and Persuasion Beyond the Classroom class are hosting a special double bill for LGBTQ2S Pride Week: a screening of the CBC documentaries Transforming Gender and How We Got Gay. The event features a keynote address from Gerald Walton (Educational Studies) anda post-screening panel discussion with Ryot Jey (Kwantlen Pride), Tara Lyons (Criminology), and Kari Michaels (KSA/WOOW). Brandy Svendson (Be the Change) is the moderator for this free community event. Many thanks to the official sponsor, KPIRG.

DHSI 2016 Colloquium Presentation
Jun
9
5:00 pm17:00

DHSI 2016 Colloquium Presentation

  • University of Victoria

This poster presentation showcases the works-in-progress of students enrolled in KPU’s English 4300 - Writing and Persuasion Beyond the Classroom: Apprenticeship in the Digital Humanities, a service learning course where the digital (physical computing) meets the humanistic (rhetorical theory). As part of this summer’s DH iteration of the course, each student is in the process of completing a 12-hour, community-based practicum in which he or she is authoring content and assisting in the development of a digital object using open-source software. These DH projects include the design of a website and social media presence for the KPU Criminology department’s Social Justice Centre; the editorial support of Mise-en-scène: The Journal of Film and Visual Narration, an open-access film studies journal sponsored by KPU’s English department premiering this fall; the production of a promotional video for KDocs, Kwantlen’s official documentary film festival; and the management and marketing of the KDocs Outreach Program in its visits this summer to the Pathways Aboriginal Centre and Vancouver’s City Hall. Each practicum is coordinated by English 4300 instructor Greg Chan, in partnership with project supervisors Janice Morris (KDocs Outreach), Manon Boivin (KDocs video), and Michael Ma (Social Justice Centre).

With a cohort of my ENGL 4300 students, I will be presenting this poster on DH practica for the DHSI Colloquium.




 

BCTLC Festival of Learning
Jun
8
9:00 am09:00

BCTLC Festival of Learning

  • Delta Villa Hotel

I will be presenting a full-day educational technology workshop on social media profiles for the BCTLC community. This two-part workshop, in which participants will learn about SEO practices and web visibility, will include the creation and population of several social media profiles and an individual web page/landing site. The workshop is open to post-secondary staff, faculty, and administrators who want to take control of their digital footprints. Learn more: "Web Visibility Matters" (morning session) and "Web Authorship Incubator" (afternoon workshop).

KDocs Community Outreach at the Pathways Aboriginal Centre
Jun
3
4:00 pm16:00

KDocs Community Outreach at the Pathways Aboriginal Centre

  • Pathways Aboriginal Centre

I will be coordinating a screening and discussion session on Jennifer Siebel Newsom's documentary, The Mask You Live In (2015), which critiques the narrow definition of masculinity for boys and young men in America. This customized workshop will be presented to the youth at the Pathways Aboriginal Centre in Richmond. This event will serve as an ENGL 4300: Writing and Persuasion Beyond the Classroom practicum assignment for my students, who will develop the exercises, marketing, and social media narrative for this outreach workshop.

The Jade Peony Walking Tour of Vancouver's Chinatown
May
26
10:00 am10:00

The Jade Peony Walking Tour of Vancouver's Chinatown

  • Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden

In partnership with the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden's Education program and historian John Atkin, I will be taking my ENGL 2301: Canadian Literature in English students into the field to study Vancouver's Chinatown. This literary and historic walking tour will guide students through the sites featured in Wayson Choy's novel, The Jade Peony (1995). They will be blogging and creating GIS maps in response.

TALK Film Study -- Assembling Narrative Continuity: Editing Techniques in Alfred Hitchcock’s Experimental Films
Apr
6
Apr 13

TALK Film Study -- Assembling Narrative Continuity: Editing Techniques in Alfred Hitchcock’s Experimental Films

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University

I will be facilitating a TALK (Third Age Learning at Kwantlen) film study on how narrative continuity is created through editing techniques. With the advent of DVD extras, home viewers now know that a feature film involves hours of footage that do not make it into the finished product. The process of determining the outtakes, deleting unnecessary scenes, reconfiguring censored material, streamlining the sequences, and creating overall narrative continuity is known as editing. As visual storytellers, filmmakers face space/time limitations that demand the average 2-hour feature film be created from, on average, 4 times that amount of footage. Editing, in the words of famed director Alfred Hitchcock, “means the assembly of pieces of film which, when moved in rapid succession before the eye, create an idea.” This three-day film study will look at how filmmakers create such ideas through editing techniques by screening and closely analyzing two of Hitchcock’s editing triumphs: Strangers on a Train (1951) and Rear Window (1954), along with Rope (1948, select scenes only). These three films are a master class in the creative possibilities of film editing.

PCA/ACA National Conference
Mar
22
Mar 25

PCA/ACA National Conference

  • Sheraton Seattle Hotel

In my role as editor-in-chief of Mise-en-scene, I will be attending the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association's 2016 national conference in Seattle, Washington, where I will be promoting KPU's forthcoming film studies journal and recruiting potential authors and reviewers. I will also be there to support two members of the Mise-en-scene editorial team, Paul Tyndall and Heather Cyr, who will be presenting their research papers at the conference.

Social Media Presence Workshop for KPU Arts
Feb
22
Feb 24

Social Media Presence Workshop for KPU Arts

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University

I will be leading a three-part series on establishing your social media presence as an academic. Why leave your web presence to chance, when you have the power to coordinate your online persona, redirect traffic, and achieve SEO (Search Engine Optimization)? Discoverability can play a pivotal role in your research, citations, networks, and reach as a professional, provided you are SEO-savvy. This digital humanities workshop will guide you through the process of taking control of your digital footprint by populating your e-profile(s) and creating a personal website/landing page.

KDocs Film Festival 2016
Feb
19
Feb 20

KDocs Film Festival 2016

  • Vancity Theatre

Over 500 people are expected to attend KDocs 2016, a community-based documentary film festival spanning two days. With an audience of KPU students, faculty, staff, alumni, community partners, and the general public, KDocs will provoke engagement, dialogue, and creativity, stimulating a critical examination of our complex world. Six exciting documentaries will be screened, followed by keynote speakers (Brandon Bryant, star of Drone and Founder, Project Red Hand; Caleb Behn, star of Fractured Land and Executive Director, Keepers of the Water; Kathy Corrigan, MLA, Official Opposition Deputy Chair and spokesperson for Advanced Education, Ivory Tower; Pablo Godoy, National Representative, UFCW Canada; National Coordinator, Students Against Migrant Exploitation (S.A.M.E.); Vice President, Ontario Federation of Labour, Food Chain$; David Hatfield, Leadership Consultant and Facilitator, The Mask You Live In; and William "Dub" Lawrence, star of Peace Officer) and panel discussions. As a representative of the KDocs board, I will be there to take care of our keynote speakers and to film the festival proceedings.