By Ethan Kibbe, ’18
St. Bonaventure University will host a presentation about digital rhetoric and communicating through media at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 16, in the University Club, located on the second floor of Hickey Dining Hall.
The event is free and open to the public.
Dr. Alexander Reid, an associate professor and director of composition and teaching fellows at the University at Buffalo, will deliver the presentation, which is titled “Reading with a Joystick: 21st Century Literacy."
Dr. Matt King, an English professor at St. Bonaventure and the event’s organizer, said Reid has experience in the field of communication.
“Dr. Reid is well established in the field of digital rhetoric,” King said. “He is very interested in the ways digital technologies are shaping the future of education, and he’s a very forward-thinking scholar.”
According to King, Reid’s presentation will cover a variety of topics related to technology and communication, and although St. Bonaventure is hosting the event, the presentation is not designed for college students alone.
“What he has to say will appeal to faculty, students and the general public,” King said. “He’s presenting about things – digital media and video games – that will appeal to different people because these are things that are a part of many of our lives. His approach is such that somebody that is casually interested in these things can still get something out of the presentation.”
King said the presentation provides all audience members a chance to learn about changes in technology and the ways that communication is being shaped by digital media.
“I think this is a great opportunity that has relevance for people outside of the world of composition and digital rhetoric,” King said. “Anybody who is interested in the digital world, whether it has to do with video games and digital media or whether it has to do with the future of education and the application of technology will find this to be a rewarding talk.”
“In addition to teaching, Reid is an avid writer, and his weblog, Digital Digs, was awarded the John Lovas Memorial Academic Weblog Award in 2008. He has also published a book, "The Two Virtuals: New Media and Composition," which was named as honorable mention for the W. Ross Winterowd Award for the best book in composition theory in 2008.
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