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Obama’s official photographer Pete Souza to present during CommWeek17

Claire Berlin | Mar 20, 2017

Obama’s official photographer Pete Souza to present during CommWeek17

Full slate of activities planned March 27-31

By Claire Berlin

ATHENS, Ohio (March 20, 2017)—American photojournalist Pete Souza, formerly chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House photography office, will give a public lecture on Tuesday, March 28 during Ohio University’s Communication Week.

Previously Souza worked as an assistant professor of photojournalism in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, the national photographer for the Chicago Tribune based in their Washington bureau, a freelancer for National Geographic, and as official White House photographer for President Ronald Reagan. His talk is part of the Schuneman Symposium held during Communication Week.

A selection of his photography will be displayed in the School of Visual Communication Gallery in Schoonover Center 140 through Friday, March 31. Open hours of the gallery are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

“The entire college is thrilled to welcome Souza to campus for Communication Week,” said Dean Scott Titsworth. “His photojournalism work is timely, important and will provide an excellent topic for student dialogue. Throughout the week, we will welcome both alumni and industry professionals to campus to discuss and demonstrate current communication topics.”

Souza’s lecture and gallery exhibit are just a few of the many events planned during Communication Week. On Monday, the Scripps Innovation Challenge Pitch Day event will take place from 3-4:30 p.m. in Walter Hall Rotunda. Four student teams will compete for a $13,000 in prizes. A Mock Interview Day for upperclassmen is also slated for Monday. That same evening, the Scripps College Celebration in Baker University Center will honor Distinguished Professor Judith Lee, named University scholars who study in Scripps and the winners of this year’s annual faculty and employee awards.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Schuneman Symposium on Challenging Landscapes, co-hosted by the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and the School of Visual Communication, will take place. The School of Communication Studies will also host a NCASC panel on Tuesday morning.

On Thursday, ITS Day will bring a number of alumni and industry professionals to talk about such topics as cloud computing, IT risk management, and living in a connected world. The Central Region Humanities Center in collaboration with the School of Communication Studies and the School of Media Arts & Studies will present a free screening of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask documentary.

On Friday, the School of Media Arts & Studies will host visiting professionals to discuss women in the media industry, today’s music industry, and media and social change. That evening there will be a screening of work from the 48-hour Film and Animation Showcase at 7 p.m. in Schoonover Center 450.

The roots of Communication Week in the Scripps College of Communication date back to 1968, when the School of Journalism held its first Journalism Week in early May and awarded the first Carr Van Anda Awards "for enduring contributions to journalism" to Turner Catledge, Edward W. Barrett and Walter Cronkite.

In 1970, Journalism Week was changed to Communication Week to incorporate the entire college. The annual event included events, speakers and panel discussions designed to encourage student interaction with prominent leaders in the communication field and draw alumni to campus.

Over the years, the Scripps College has hosted such notable professionals as Rev. Jesse Jackson (1998), Peter Arnett (1992), Roger Ailes (1989), Ted Turner and Hugh Downs (1982). After 37 years of annual Communication Week activities, in 2006, events were no longer held during a concentrated five-day period, but spread throughout Ohio University's ten-week spring quarter. In 2013, Communication Week was reinstated to celebrate the college and its alumni.

For more information on each of the events planned for Communication Week 2017, please visit Follow along on social media using #COMMWeek17.