Sunday, October 10, 2010

SPE-NE conference @ RISD - Nov. 5-7 - Speakers announced & early reg. due Oct. 16th

I wish to take the opportunity to share the finalized schedule and registration information for the SPE-Northeast Regional conference -- November 5-7 at RISD -- "The Experiential in Photography." As conference chair, Bruce has been working very hard on making this an amazing event. I was delighted to be on the abstract selection committee and am helping to publicize what promises to be a fascinating experience in its own right!

The conference speakers are listed below. In addition to the eight talks highlighting the work of regional scholars, curators, educators, and photographers, the conference will feature a keynote lecture by artist Spencer Finch and a presentation to honored educator Deborah Bright.

Hurry, early registration ends October 16th (after that you pay a slightly higher fee; registrations are accepted up until and at the conference itself). You can download the Conference Registration Form here. If paying by credit card, you can email the form to

November 5 - 7, 2010
Chace Center, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI (directions here)
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown, Providence, RI
Conference website:


Keynote Speaker: Spencer Finch
Honored Educator: Deborah Bright

Speakers and Presentations:
- Sharon Harper (Harvard University), "Photographing the Invisible"
- Meggan Gould (Bowdoin College), "Site-seeing"
- Angela Kelly (RIT), "Catharsis: Images of Post-Troubles Belfast"
- Janet Pritchard (University of Connecticut), "Seeing Yellowstone with New Eyes"
- Jan Howard (RISD Museum)," Joe Deal's West & West: Re-imagining the Great Plains"
- Monica McTighe (Tufts University), "Embodiment, Experience, and Photographic Images"
- Michelle Sheppard (Algonquin Regional High School), "Breaking the Bubbles and Rebuilding the Boxes: Re-Thinking Creativity After Standardization"
- Panel: "The Image, Written: Using Photography to Teach Writing" (academic practicum) - Rachel Somerstein and Lorraine Doran (New York University), Elizabeth Cornell (Fordham University), and Alden Jones (Emerson College)

Conference hotel:
Hampton Inn & Suites Providence Downtown
58 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI, 401-608-3500

We have reserved a block of rooms at a special rate for conference attendees. Rooms will be $99 a night with breakfast and complimentary high-speed internet. To reserve a room call the Hampton Inn and tell them that you are attending the SPE-NE conference. Reservations must be made by October 15, 2010 to receive this special rate.

Conference Chair and Regional Chair: Bruce Myren


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