September 28 - 29, 2012

@ The University of Colorado at Boulder


Keynote Speakers


Kate Brown, PhD History
Associate Professor of History

University of Maryland Baltimore County


Kate Brown is an Associate Professor of History at UMBC.  She is the author of A Biography of No Place:  From Ethnic Borderland to Soviet Heartland (Harvard 2004) which won the American Historical Association’s George Louis Beer Prize for the Best Book in International European History, the Heldt Prize from the Association of Women in Slavic Studies and Honorary Mention for the American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies’ Wayne C. Vucinich Prize for 2005. Brown will publish Plutopia, A History of the World’s First Plutonium Disasters in March 2013 with Oxford University Press. Among articles, Brown has published in the American Historical Review, Chronicle of Higher Education, Harper’s on-line edition, and the TLS.   Brown is a 2009 Guggenheim Fellow and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Social Science Research Council, the National Council for East European and Eurasian Research, the International Research and Exchange Board, the Eurasia Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, Harvard’s Davis Center and the Kennan Institute. 


Janice Peck, PhD Communications
Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication

University of Colorado Boulder


Associate Professor Janice Peck conducts research and teaches in the areas of Critical Theory, communication history, television studies, the social meanings and political implications of popular culture, the sociology of news, media representations of class, race and gender, and U.S. political and cultural history. Peck is the author of The Age of Oprah: Cultural Icon for the Neoliberal Era (Paradigm, 2008) and The Gods of Televangelism: The Crisis of Meaning and the Appeal of Religious Television (Hampton, 1993), co-editor of A Moment of Danger: Critical Studies in the History of U.S. Communication Since World War II (Marquette University Press, 2011), and a co-editor of Handbook of Communication History (Routledge, forthcoming). She has published articles and chapters on media theory, television and the family, cultural studies, TV talk shows, Oprah’s Book Club, mediated religion, representations of race in media, and global celebrity icons. Her current research focuses on the cultural and political significance of celebrity philanthropy, including social entrepreneurship, cause marketing, and “charity TV,” with a special interest in the place of media in the politics of education reform. Peck has worked as a journalist, editor and freelance writer for newspapers, magazines and radio and has also published short fiction. She holds a BA in communication from the University of Utah, an MA in communications from the University of Washington, and a PhD in communications from Simon Fraser University in Canada.