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Fall Update from Chair Dr. Sara Stone

Nov. 25, 2013

Sara Stone

This semester has been packed full of exciting opportunities for our students. On Nov. 8-9, we hosted the Pruit Symposium, a celebration of Black Sacred Music together with the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Music, Campus Diversity, the Libraries and Truett Seminary.

One of the featured guests was Dr. Dwandalyn Reece, curator of music and performing arts at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of African American History and Culture. The new museum now under construction at the National Mall will include an exhibit featuring collections from Baylor's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, an effort led by Associate Professor Robert Darden.

Other highlights from this semester: alumnus Charles Poe of the Smithsonian Channel offered a special showing of the network's new documentary "The Day Kennedy Died" on campus on Nov. 14; and our department hosted the American Studies Conference on Nov. 14-16 when several of our faculty and graduate students gave research presentations.

Among the major developments in our department, Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez was promoted to associate professor and is now overseeing our graduate program. She recently published a new book, "The Obamas and Mass Media: Race, Gender, Religion and Politics," with Jannette Dates, Dean Emerita of the School of Communications and professor in the department of Radio, Television, and Film at Howard University in Washington, D.C.

Staff members published a special edition of The Lariat commemorating the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago. The special edition recognized the extraordinary work of Lariat staffers Ed DeLong and Ray Hubener, who covered the events in Dallas 50 years ago. The Lariat published a special section that fatal day that won a national Mark of Excellence Award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Looking forward to the spring semester, we will be adding new courses in advertising as part of our New Media sequence. Courses will include advertising copy writing, advertising research and advertising management.

Finally, I would like to invite all our alumni to complete a brief and anonymous survey to provide us guidance as to how to better communicate and engage with you.

We continue to be grateful for our alumni support. We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and happy New Year!