Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Down in the Valley

Greetings from Grand Rapids, Michigan, where just a few hours ago I gave my talk on the binding biases of time at Grand Valley State University.  Special thanks go out to my hosts, Corey Anton and Valerie Peterson, and Danielle Wiese Leek, and Peter Zhang.  I'm looking forward to visiting Danielle and Peter's classes tomorrow.

So, anyway, it's after the fact, but here's another item that appeared online about my talk on the university's website:  Communications leader to give lecture.  And there's a picture of me, with the caption, "Lance Strate will speak on Media Ecology," and here it is:

And here's the text to go with it:

Lance Strate, professor of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University and one of the founders of the Media Ecology Association, will give a lecture Wednesday, September 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Loosemore Auditorium, DeVos Center, 401 W Fulton, Pew Grand Rapids Campus. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Strate is internationally recognized for his intellectual leadership in the field of communication. He has served as executive director of the Institute of General Semantics (2008-2001), editor of the
Speech Communication Annual, and Explorations in Media Ecology, and is supervisory editor of the media ecology book series published by Hampton Press. Translations of his writings have appeared in French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Hebrew, Chinese and Quenya.

His lecture will draw from his recent book,
On the Binding Biases of Time and Other Essays on General Semantics and Media Ecology (2011). It consists of a series of explorations into our use of symbols, language, and media to relate to our environment, and how our different modes of perception and communication influence human consciousness, culture, and social organization. Strate grapples with the question of what it means to be human, and what the prospects may be for humanity’s continued survival. He maintains a blog about media at

The lecture is being presented by The School of Communications. For more information, contact Associate Professor Valerie Peterson, at, or x12981.

So, you can still contact Val if you like, even though the talk's all done, I'm sure she'll be glad to hear from you.  And once again, thanks to all of the fine folks out here, the audience was gracious, there were some really great questions asked, and lots of bright and friendly faces.  And the lecture was taped, so I may be able to put it up on YouTube and share it with you here.  Stay tuned, and we'll see!

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