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Visual Literacy webinar is Sept. 23

White House photographer Pete Souza is keynote speaker

Have you ever been captivated by a picture, film, video or any other visuals?
If so, a free webinar to explore the ideas and techniques of visual literacy will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23.

The webinar will feature an array of experienced professionals speaking in panels about different topics in visual literacy.

The most notable of these speakers is Pete Souza, an assistant professor of photojournalism at Ohio University who is on an extended leave of absence.

Souza is currently the Chief official White House photographer for President Obama and the director of the White House photo office. He was also an official White House photographer for President Reagan, a photographer for the Chicago Tribune and a freelancer for National Geographic. His 2008 book, "The Rise of Barack Obama," documenting Obama’s rise in political power was a New York Times bestseller.

Below are the presenters and the topics they will be covering:

Keynote Address

Pete Souza: White House photographer

Visual Resources and Visual Thinking

Carl Fleischhauer: photographer, film and video producer; and former coordinator of the American Memory Project at the Library of Congress

Merry Foresta: former director of the Smithsonian Photography Initiative; and scholar in residence, Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public AffairsVASA Project

Roberto Mofelleto: editor, VASA Transmedia Project Journal of Visual Literacy Authors

James Erekson: assistant professor, reading education, University of Northern Colorado

Chareen Snelson: associate professor, educational technology, Boise State University

Ross Perkins: assistant professor, educational technology, Boise State University

Visual Literacy in the Community

Nate Thomson: project director, Athens Photo Project; Athens, Ohio

Patty Mitchell: founder, Passion Works Studio; Athens, Ohio

"This is a unique opportunity to allow people to consider the way they look at, and use images to communicate, be it in the classroom, in research, or their day-to-day lives. Images and the use of those images can be a powerful tool," said Amista Lipot,
special assistant to the director at the Voinovich School.

This webinar is an 1804 funded project by Ohio University intended to spread visual literacy to Appalachian schools and "broaden the scope" on visual literacy education.

The event is co-sponsored by Ohio University's School of Visual Communication, the Patton College of Education and Human Services, the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs and the Journal of Visual Literacy. 

Educators, students, visual communications experts and librarians are all noted as people that will benefit the most from the webinar, but the event is open to anyone.

If you are interested in attending the webinar, you can register here.