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Release: April 11, 2002

Black To Speak On Culture Of Computer Collecting April 15

David Black, assistant professor of communication studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, will speak about "Romanticism and Technoculture: A Case Study in Vintage Computer Collecting," on Tuesday, April 15 at 4 p.m. in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building.

Black, who is currently a fellow at the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, conducts research on the history and critical significance of "nuisance" media, such as stealth marketing, spam, direct mail, and telemarketing. He is also interested in media "etiquettes," and the ways in which society has over time provided moral and behavioral codes that regulate how we use and live with media technologies. He teaches courses in communication, media, and cultural theory, global communication, history of communication, and technology criticism.

He is the author of "The Politics of Enchantment: Romanticism, Media, and Cultural Studies," (WLU Press, 2002), and of articles on Canadian communication history and technoculture. He has an interdisciplinary academic background, with degrees in English, cultural anthropology, and social and political thought.

Black's lecture is sponsored by the UI communication studies department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

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CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Kristine Fitch, communication studies, 319-353-2264