Distinguished Faculty Lecture 2022–2023
Jerry Hartman, M.F.A. Professor of Communication:
Media Literacy: When the Unreal is so Real
Sunday, November 6, 2022, 7 p.m. Melvin K. West Fine Arts Center.
Media Literacy: When the unreal is so real
New filmmaking technology is impacting the way films and TV series are being created. In virtual production, game engine design software generates locations and special effects—allowing filmmakers to interact with virtual landscapes in real time. Does it matter if it’s becoming impossible to tell what’s real when you see the finished film? What is the impact of AI supported tools in the media creation process? How can media literacy be developed in this changing landscape?
Jerry Hartman, professor of communication, has a passion for staying current with the latest visual technology trends and its influence on storytelling. In his most recent sabbatical research, he demonstrated the utility and feasibility of incorporating virtual production at the undergraduate level. He is excited to be integrating this technology into his work with students at Walla Walla University.
In this lecture, Hartman will explore the real versus the unreal in visual content creation tools. He will present media literacy as a good practice to evaluate visual content. Along the way he will share some powerful examples of how films can change us and change the world.
Joseph G. Galusha Jr., Professor of Biology
Pamela Keele Cress, Professor of Social Work and Sociology
Thomas M. Thompson, Professor of Mathematics
Gregory D. Dodds, Associate Professor of History
Bruce C. Johanson. Professor of Biblical Studies
Jon A. Cole, Professor of Engineering
Beverly G. Beem, Professor of English
James R. Nestler, Professor of Biology
Alden L. Thompson, Professor of Biblical Studies
Kraig S. M. Scott, Associate Professor of Music
Douglas R. Clark, Professor of OT and Archaeology
Rodney Heisler, Professor of Engineering
C. Loren Dickinson, Professor of Communication
Roland R. Blaich, Professor of History
Verlie Y. F. Ward, Professor of Education
Thomas J. Emmerson, Professor of Art
Claude C. Barnett, Professor of Physics
Terrie Dopp Aamodt, Professor of English and History
Ernie J. Bursey, Professor of Biblical Studies