Selected Presentations

(see also: Selected Articles)

Selected Presentations, 1991-present

“Distance Education Triage for the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences: Fundamentals for the Pandemic Era and Beyond,” virtual workshop, Maryland Communication Association, October 2020; Fulton School of Liberal Arts (via Zoom), Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, July 22, 2020

“Code-Switching: Communication for an Inclusive Classroom,” Stevenson University, Owings Mills, Maryland, August 26, 2020; January 22, 2020

“‘Did This Really Happen?’: How the Methods of Historians, Genealogists, and Scriptural Scholars Can Inform Each Other—and Why It Matters,” Paul D. Lack Scholars Showcase, Stevenson University, Owings Mills, Maryland, February 28, 2020

“Rochester, New York: The Latter-day Saints and the Reshaping of American Theatre History in the Crucible of the ‘Burned-over District’,” Annual Conference of the John Whitmer Historical Society, Rochester, New York, September 23, 2019

“‘Eyes to See the Things Thou Dost Not’: The Boots of Maryland’s Promethian Actor Junius Brutus Booth (1796-1852) as Historiographical Relics of Interpersonal Communication,” Maryland Communication Association, Howard University, Washington, DC, September 15, 2018

“The Florida ‘Theatrical Troupe Massacre’ of 1840: New Insights from Theatre History and Religious Studies,” address to the St. Augustine Historical Society, November 10, 2017

 “Shamans, Super-beings, and Charlatans: Leadership and Entertainment in Western Culture from Homer to Trump,” Randall L. Tobias Leadership Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 21, 2017

“Creative Leadership and Rites of Passage: Liminality, Communitas, and Flow,” Randall L. Tobias Leadership Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 9, 2016

“Unfolding into Spring: Leadership and Creativity,” address to the Center for Leadership Development, Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana, April 7, 2015

“Research in the Humanities: Faith-based Theatre in Early America,” Research, Assessment, and Best Practices Conference, Mercy College of Ohio, May 7, 2014

“Leadership, Artistry, Creativity & Collaboration,” Center for Leadership Development, Indiana University East, Richmond, Indiana, October 3, 2013

Viewing The Year of Magical Thinking as a Caregiving Professional: Narrative, Plot, Character, and Time,” Community Health Education Onstage, Mercy College of Ohio, March 2013

“Facebook, ‘Fakebook,’ or ‘Hatebook’?:  Mediated Persona Management in the Formation and Expression of Millennial Student Values,” The John C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Tallahassee, Florida, February 1, 2013

 “Creativity and Collaboration,” Randall L. Tobias Leadership Conference, Colorado Springs, Colorado, February 24, 2012

“(Re)Collecting Vocational Awareness: Formative Experiences in Life Narratives of Health Care Professionals,” Ohio Communication Association (OCA), October 1, 2011

“‘We Live by Stories’: Listening to the Voices of Purposeful Lives,” in “Cultivating Professional Lives of Purpose: Collegiate Experiences and Vocational Awareness,” The John C. Dalton Institute on College Student Values, Tallahassee, Florida, February 5, 2011

“Ecstasy, Entertainment, or Expendable? The Arts and Humanities in Today’s Multitasking Culture,” Fall Humanities Event Presentation, Mercy College of Ohio, October 18, 2010

“Toledo’s Arts and Language in Public: From the Great Black Swamp to the Glass City,” English Speaking Union of Toledo, March 26, 2010

“CHEO (Community Health Education Onstage): Theatre as Health Communication,” Health Communication, Performance Studies and Theatre Interest Groups, Annual Conference of the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), April 4, 2009

“Engaging Online Students: The Challenges of a Mediated Communication Course,” Instructional Technology Interest Group, CSCA , April 12, 2008

“The Humanities as Cultural Memory: Song, Story, Spirit,” Spring Humanities Event Presentation, Mercy College of Northwest Ohio, March 31, 2008

 “Unplugged from the Matrix: Toward a Spirituality of Sustaining the Passion to Teach the Multitasking Generation,” Fort Wayne Teaching Conference, Indiana University / Purdue University Fort Wayne, Indiana, February 9, 2005

 “With an Audience in Mind: The Place of Joseph Smith and the Latter-day Saints Movement in Jacksonian Public Relations and Popular Culture,” CSCA, Omaha, April 11, 2003

“‘A Citizen of Milwaukee,’ or How Philadelphia Tragedian Thomas A. Lyne Re-Invented Himself: A Story of Antebellum Frontier Theatre; A Legacy of Public Relations,” CSCA, Milwaukee, April 5, 2002

 “Joseph Smith (1805-1844): The Prophet as Performer,” Nineteenth-Century Religion and the Fragmentation of Culture in Europe and America, conference of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies (INCS), Lancaster University, UK, July 18, 1997

“A Theatre Before the World: Performance History at the Intersection of Hebrew, Greek, and Roman Religious Processional,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, August 1995

“‘God in Three Personæ, Blessed Trinity’: Theatre Education to Subvert the Puritan Antitheatrical Prejudice,” Festschrift for Wayne Rood, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, San Francisco, August 1995

“The Actor, the Prophet, and the City: Religion as Theatre / Theatre as Religion in the Early Mormon Metropolis, 1830-1870,” annual conference of Interdisciplinary Nineteenth-Century Studies, University of Santa Cruz, California, April 9, 1995

“Priest, Performer, Stage, Altar: Ritual Space as Theatral Space in Pre- and Post-Cortesian Mesoamerica,” Mid-America Theatre Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota, March 11, 1994

“The Masonic Hall at Nauvoo, Illinois: The Earliest Mormon Playhouse in Its Community and in Theatre History,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, American Theatre and Drama Society, Chicago, August 7, 1993

“Heinrich Böll’s Theatre of ‘Christian Anarchy’,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Chicago, August 6, 1993

“‘To Free the Oppressed’: A Theatre of Social Action,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Atlanta, August 4, 1992

“‘Sure It Were Pity’: Is Christianity Antitheatrical?”, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Seattle, August 10, 1991

“‘Are you Now, or Have You Ever Been, Influenced by the New Age Movement?’: The New McCarthyism in the American Evangelical College Theatre,” Association for Theatre in Higher Education, Seattle, August 7, 1991

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