The GCUA College Colloquia Series presents "Life and Death Aesthetics: The Visual Construction of Roadside Crosses,” a talk by Dr. Larry Mullen, professor, director, Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies, UNLV.
Evoking a poignancy; a mark of tragedy; a vision of bravery in the midst of sadness and 80-mile-an-hour machines; a striking reminder of human folly, fragility, and finiteness, Dr. Mullen's research explores the meaning of a particular form of visual media: the roadside cross. The study of memorials and their cultural, social, political, and rhetorical significance fill an important niche in the social and communicative sciences. He will break out the visual elements of this peculiar medium in order to begin a classification method. The goal is to understand the complex visual dynamics of this multicultural aesthetic form.