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Images and Texts Series

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This spring the Department of English and Journalism and WIU Libraries are sponsoring a series of talks on the long, complex, fruitful, problematic, and timely topic of the relationship between texts and images. "Timely?" you say. We live in a time when images and texts are in constant engagement—one we are all caught up in. Indeed, some consider this the age of the image-text, a time when we no longer engage images and texts separately, but simultaneously. Consider the smartphone, a technology that serves as a platform for texts and images and is itself with its icons, images, alerts, both textual and aural, an image-text. The ability to use a smartphone requires the ability to navigate images and texts and to engage them separately and in tandem. Likewise, Facebook is a semiotic stew of texts and images.  Our series will look at the relationship between texts and images as it plays out in the news media (Bill Knight and Lisa Kernek discussing "Graphics Journalism"); via Google Earth (Christine Jach examining the "Poetics and Politics in Google Earth); in the 19th  century (Sarah Horowitz opining on "19th Century Illustrated Books"); video games (Melissa Wangall and Eric Hoffman illuminating "Video Games as Narrative"); in DIY culture (Rebekah Buchanan revealing to us "Caught Looking: Zines and Images," ;and Shakespeare himself (Nataliya's Kosheleva's  apostrophizing upon "Shakespeare Under Covers."  All talks are at noon and in Malpass Library 180 except for Sarah Horowitz's, which is in the Sandburg Lounge.

Talk Schedule

Poetics and Politics in Google Earth
Christine Jach
January 25
Malpass Library 180
12:00pm
Graphics Journalism
Bill Knight & Lisa Kernek
January 27
Malpass Library 180
12:00pm
19th Century Illustrated Books
Sarah Horowitz
February 23
Malpass Library 180
12:00pm
Video Games as Narrative
Melissa Wangall & Eric Hoffman
March 3rd
Malpass Library 180
12:00pm
Caught Looking: Zines and Images
Rebekah Buchanan
March 30
Malpass Library 180
12:00pm
Shakespeare Under Covers
Nataliya Kosheleva
April 14
Malpass Library 180
12:00pm

For more information about the Images and Texts series, please contact Tammy Sayles at TJ-Sayles@wiu.edu or by calling 309-298-3298.