Twice each year, Park scholars participate in daylong seminars (comprised of discussions and screenings) that explore and debate issues critical to the field of communications.
Past discussions have focused on topics such as:
visual culture and the representation of trauma;
women's rights in Iran;
structural violence and the inequities of global healthcare;
children's marketing and the infantilization of consumers; and
the role of technology in the contemporary formation of organizations, grassroots activism, and political change
(A full list of previous topics and readings may be found here.)
For the 2014 – 2015 academic year, Park Scholars focused on visual culture, specifically the role that images play in how we gain knowledge, communicate ideas, (dis)engage ethically, and ultimately understand "reality." They read and discussed Susan Sontag's Regarding the Pain of Others, and Stefan Sagmeister's Things I have Learned in My Life So Far.
In the fall of 2015, scholars will read and discuss Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.