At noon Friday, October 4th, in the Kusch Auditorium (FN 2.102), Dr. Bobby C. Alexander, associate professor of sociology, will present the first of four lectures in the Diversity Lecture Series. The series will close with a presentation from Emerging Media and Communications Professor Dr. Kimberly Knight on Friday, October 25. Registration is free for the lectures.
“These lectures will help our students, staff and faculty to become more culturally competent and to better prepare them as leaders in our multicultural and global society,” said Dr. Magaly Spector, vice president for diversity and community engagement. “Diversity encompasses much more than race and ethnicity. This series allows us to broach a range of topics like religion, disabilities, communication and generational differences.”
Dr. Kimberly Knight, assistant professor of emerging media and communication at UT Dallas, presents “Emerging Media and Diversity: Fashion and the Threads of Digital Literacy.”
Knight received her doctorate degree in English literature from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her teaching and research utilize a hybrid approach of theory and application of practice. Knight teaches classes in digital media theory, the shift from analog to digital textuality, viral media, wearable media, and race, class, gender and sexuality in digital environments.
Her research broadly centers on technology and social media in relation to art, identity, politics and education. She is researching how viral media empowers or oppresses subjects in a network society, in addition to gender identity and digital media. Knight is active in university and public service and is regularly invited to give talks on women and technology, social and wearable media and digital humanities.
More information about the Diversity Lecture Series is available via the UT Dallas News Center