In the last few years, crowdfunding has exploded in popularity. Sites like Kickstarter.com and Indiegogo.com provide easy-to-use platforms for people to create campaigns to fund creative projects. Such projects range from new inventions, to video games, to films, and more. Each campaign sets a fundraising goal that must be met in order for the campaign to receive the money at all.
Last year, Milwaukee freelance journalist Martin Hintz contacted the Department of Communication Arts for research assistance. A prolific author, Hintz plans to write a biography on the pioneering war photojournalist Dickey Chapelle. The nearby Wisconsin Historical Society hosts the Dickey Chapelle archive, so he sought out Communication Arts and its graduate students.
On Sunday, Communication Arts alumna Jill Soloway won her first Golden Globe. Soloway walked away from the ceremony with the Golden Globe for Best TV Comedy or Musical for her show Transparent.
One of the Communication Arts courses Assistant Professor Sara McKinnon teaches is CA 671 - Communication and Social Conflict. Throughout the semester, her students put on mock conflicts in class and take turns mediating the conflicting parties. To find out more about mediation, I visited one such session and asked Professor McKinnon a few questions.
Can you talk a bit about what mediation is?
On the evening of December 10, the top 21 persuasive speakers enrolled in the fall semester of Communication Arts 100 competed in the CA 100 Speech Contest.
Communication Arts student Meredith Smith has received a Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant. After the application process, the grant was awarded to Smith for her excellent senior thesis, which explores Hollywood costume designer Dorothy Jeakins’ career in the 1960s. While her thesis is still in progress, the grant will provide Smith with $1,500 to cover the expendable supplies, travel expenses, and related costs needed to complete her research.