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CCOM Symposium

The Conference on Ethics and Public Argumentation (CEPA) presents the fourth annual CCOM Symposium on Feb. 20 - March 2, 2017, hosted by the College of Communication at Butler University. Individual sessions will feature local community leaders, visiting scholars, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, and communication alumni, all addressing the theme of "Communicating Difference." CEPA promotes dialogue between scholars of argumentation and significant thought leaders in the public and professional contexts where it is imperative to resolve major conflicts and challenges. The spring symposium is one of CEPA's major yearly events.

All events are in the Johnson Board Room and atrium, Robertson Hall, the Schrott Center for the Arts, and the Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. Admission to all events is free, but seating is limited.

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Monday, February 20

Andrew Cohn Presents Night School

Monday, February 20  |  7:00–9:30 PM  |  Schrott Center  |  BCR Credit

Co-sponsored by the Heartland Film Festival in collaboration with the Butler University College of Education

BCR Credit IconAndrew Cohn is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and screenwriter living in New York. His most recent film, Night School, premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival and was supported by a MacArthur Grant. He is the Director of the documentary Kid Danny for ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series. His first film, Medora, went on to win an Emmy for PBS’ Independent Lens series. He is currently directing a concert documentary about famed-Detroit rapper Danny Brown, entitled Danny Brown: Live at the Majestic. LEARN MORE...

Tuesday, February 21

An Evening with Filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr.

Tuesday, February 21  |  7:00–9:30 PM  |  Schrott Center  |  BCR Credit

Co-sponsored by the Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series

BCR Credit IconStanley Nelson received the 2013 National Medal in the Humanities from President Barack Obama this past July, and is also a MacArthur “Genius” Fellow. Nelson’s latest film, Freedom Summer, premiered at Sundance in 2014 and was broadcast to rave reviews in June, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Summer of 1964. His previous film, Freedom Riders, premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and aired nationally in May 2011 on PBS to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides, and received 4 Primetime Emmys. LEARN MORE...

Thursday, February 23

Women in Sports

Thursday, February 23  |  NOON–2:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

Co-presented in partnership with Butler Athletics 

BCR Credit IconVal Ackerman is the Commissioner of the BIG EAST Conference, a U.S. Division I intercollegiate athletics conference featuring 10 nationally prominent colleges and universities—including Butler University. LEARN MORE...

A Visit with Alumnus Brandon Gaudin: Voice of Madden NFL, Play-by-Play Broadcaster for Fox Sports/Big Ten Network

Thursday, February 23  |  6:00–8:00 PM  |  Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall  |  BCR Credit

Co-presented in partnership with Butler Athletics 

BCR Credit IconBrandon Gaudin ’06 is the Play-by-Play Voice of Madden NFL for EA Sports, beginning with the video game’s “Madden 17” rendition. On television, he broadcasts college basketball, football, and baseball for Fox Sports 1 and the Big Ten Network. On radio, he is the lead national college football announcer for Westwood One Sports. He also broadcasts select NFL games and the Men’s NCAA Tournament for the network. LEARN MORE...

Monday, February 27

Not Gay: The Homosexual Ingredient in the Making of Straight White Men

Monday, February 27  |  5:00–7:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

Sponsored in part by the NEH/Frederic M. Ayers Fund and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Program

BCR Credit IconJane Ward is Associate Professor of Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of California, Riverside (UCR), where she teaches courses in feminist, queer, and heterosexuality studies. She is the author of Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men (NYU Press, 2015) and Respectably Queer: Diversity Culture in LGBT Activist Organizations (Vanderbilt University Press, 2008). LEARN MORE...

Blues Concert by Jason Ricci and the Bad Kind

Monday, February 27  |  7:00–9:30 PM  |  Duckwall Recital Hall  |  BCR Credit

BCR Credit IconJason Ricci has become known for his highly technical and progressive style of harmonica playing and for his activism on behalf of L.G.B.T. communities as well as those facing mental health and addiction issues. Whether on stage at the Rock and Roll hall of Fame for an audience of 12 million people or at Junior Kimbrough's juke joint in Holly Springs Mississippi for 30 locals, Ricci communicates a wide breadth of experience through his music and activism. LEARN MORE...

Tuesday, February 28

Diversity In the Media is Important But It Is Not Enough

Tuesday, February 28  |  5:00–7:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

BCR Credit IconAs a producer and editor for CNN’s health, medical, and wellness unit and a writer/producer for CNN.com Jen Christensen ’94 writes and produces stories and interactives for the web and helps manage the page and develop strategy for social media. As an editor she also helps shape the editorial direction of the unit vetting medical studies, doing in-depth data analysis and creating futures planning documents. She also works as a television producer creating segments and has worked on documentaries for Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Elizabeth Cohen. LEARN MORE...

Do I Sound Gay? A Film Exploring Identity

Tuesday, February 28  |  7:00–9:30 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

BCR Credit IconDavid Thorpe is a Brooklyn-based filmmaker. His feature documentary, Do I Sound Gay? premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 (Runner-up, Audience Choice Award). In 2015, IFC Films/Sundance Selects released Do I Sound Gay? to widespread critical acclaim. LEARN MORE...

Wednesday, March 1

Finding a Place for Justice in Journalism

Wednesday, March 1  |  6:00–8:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

BCR Credit IconWendi C. Thomas ’93 is an award-winning independent journalist based in Memphis. Her work focuses on economic and racial justice. Thomas writes for The Christian Science Monitor, The Undefeated, and is a senior writing fellow with the Center for Community Change. LEARN MORE...

Thursday, March 2

Keeping Hinkle, Hinkle

Thursday, March 2  |  5:00–7:00 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

Sponsored in part by Indiana Landmarks and Storytelling Arts of Indiana 

BCR Credit IconSally Perkins performs stories of all sorts—historical, personal, folk, wisdom, and ghoulish—to audiences of all ages. She has received several commissions to create and perform historical stories on Hoosier characters like John Dillinger and May Wright Sewall, as well as Hoosier locations like the historic Indiana Landmarks Center. LEARN MORE...

Do You Hear What I Hear? Workplace Diversity and the English Language

Thursday, March 2  |  7:00–9:30 PM  |  Johnson Room  |  BCR Credit

Co-presented in collaboration with WFYI

BCR Credit IconMartha Barnette is co-host of the public-radio show A Way with Words, heard each week by listeners in 300 cities across North America, and worldwide by podcast. Locally, Barnette can be heard on WFYI. The show is about words and how we use them—word and phrase origins, slang, regional dialects, writing well, books and reading, and that weird thing Grandma used to say. LEARN MORE...