2023 Faith, Reason, and World Affairs Symposium: “Creating the Visual Record“

Schedule | Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday, Sept. 19

7 p.m.

Opening Plenary Session — Memorial Auditorium

Whitney Latorre, former director of visuals and immersive experiences at National Geographic

"New Voices, New Visions"

Host Organization: ENG 317: News Writing Students

Wednesday, Sept. 20

All Day

“The Immediate Record” — Students and others document the day with live, real-time posting to a website with campus monitors displaying the uploads.

Instructions for sharing images


8:45 a.m. 


Plenary Session — Memorial Auditorium

Lauren Walsh, director of the Gallatin Photojournalism Lab at New York University and director of Lost Rolls America, a national archive of photography and memory

"Photojournalism in a World of Crisis"

Host Organization: Students from the First-Year Seminar: Shades of Truth

10 a.m.

Refreshment Break — Memorial Auditorium


10:15-11 a.m.


Concurrent Sessions — Various Locations

Dave Samson, photo editor, Forum Communications — "Sports Photography: A View From the Sidelines"

Dr. Gregory Carlson, professor of communication studies, Concordia — "Ethical Practice for Documentary Filmmakers"

Jon Solinger, local photographer — "Deep Roots: Sustaining a Living Community"

Dr. Ross Collins, professor of communication, North Dakota State University — "From Codfish Eggs to Grains of Sand: The Rise of Vernacular Photography"

Allison Bundy, archivist, Concordia — "The Visual History of Concordia"

Joseph Kennedy, instructional designer; Laura Probst, library director; Dr. Teri Langley, professor of education; Dr. Darin Ulness, professor of chemistry — Concordia — "Dall-Eing, That's Not a Real Photo!"

Donald Clark, professor of art/photography, Minnesota State University Moorhead — "The Nature Writers Project"

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Plenary Session — Memorial Auditorium

Ami Vitale, National Geographic photographer and founder of Vital Impacts

"Using Photography to Make an Impact"


12:15-1:15 p.m.



1:15-2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions — Various Locations

Christian Mortenson, associate professor of photography, Concordia — "Coke may be 'The Real Thing,' but Photography has Lied to You Since 1839"

John Wheeler, meteorologist, WDAY-TV — "A Weather Picture is Worth a Thousand Words"

Dr. Gregory Tanner, assistant professor of mathematics and computer science; Dr. Julia Walk, associate professor of mathematics — "Data Visualization — Telling a Story With Data!"

Kary Janosek, local photographer — "Making the Past Present" 

Chris Flynn, video journalist, Forum Communications — "The Use of Video at a Newspaper: Experiments, Practices, and Possibilities"

Lowell Wolff, local photographer — "Images and Observations on Manzanillo, Colima, Mexico"

C.S. Hagen, journalist, Forum Communications — "Documenting a Local Riot" 


2:15-3:15 p.m.


Panel Discussion — Memorial Auditorium

President Colin Irvine will moderate a panel discussion with Whitney Latorre, Lauren Walsh, and Ami Vitale, who will respond to each other's comments and the visual posts by students.