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Dr. Michele Hilmes gives Danielson Award lecture and presentation

November 9: “Soundwork: Re-sounding American Media Studies”

2015 Danielson Award Lecture & Presentation
Dr. Michele Hilmes
“Soundwork: Re-sounding American Media Studies”
Monday, November 9, 2015
BMC 5.208 • 3pm-4pm

This year’s recipient of the Wayne A. Danielson Award for Distinguished Contributions to Communication is Professor Emerita Michele Hilmes. Dr. Hilmes taught media and cultural studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison for twenty-two years.  Her research areas include media history, television, radio, and sound studies.  She is co-editor of The Radio Journal and a Standing Editorial Board member of Oxford Bibliographies Online: Cinema and Media Studies.  Her books include Radio Voices: American Broadcasting 1922-1952 (1997), Network Nations: A Transnational History of British and American Broadcasting (2011), Only Connect: A Cultural History of Broadcasting in the United States (4th edition, 2013), and most recently Radio’s New Wave: Global Sound in the Digital Era, co-edited with Jason Loviglio (2013).  She was a 2013-14 Fulbright Research Scholar at the University of Nottingham, England, working on the subject of British/American television co-production.  She is currently co-editing a book on this topic, as well as researching a history of the American radio feature.
The title of her upcoming lecture, “Soundwork: Re-sounding American Media Studies,” explore that idea that the field of media studies has grown enormously over the last thirty years, but attention to media's visual aspects still outpaces our understanding of its sonic side.  This begins with the lost critical history of American radio and continues with a lack of attention to sound aesthetics, genre, and style, even as more sound-based media is produced and consumed -- thanks to digital platforms -- than ever before.  Imagine the field of literature without access to the vast majority of books; imagine a contemporary cinema that cannot clearly recall what film was like before Star Wars or Gone With the Wind.  This is more or less the state of soundwork today.  What is at stake, and what can be done?

About the Wayne A. Danielson Award
Recognizing scholars who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of communication, the Wayne A. Danielson Award was created in 1991.  It honors Dean and Professor Emeritus Wayne Danielson for his contributions to the Moody College of Communication, The University of Texas at Austin and the field of communication.

Danielson joined The University of Texas at Austin faculty in 1969 and served as dean of the Moody College of Communication (formerly School of Communication).  Previously, he taught at Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds a Ph.D. in mass communications from Stanford University.

His research has led to the development of more than 30 operating programs for tools such as readability indexes, automatic news indexes and stylistic advice to authors.  He also served as founding editor of Journalism Abstracts (now Journalism & Mass Communications Abstracts), a publication of the Association for Education and Journalism and Mass Communication.