Department of Communication Arts

Faculty

Professor Peter B. Seely, M.A.

Professor, Department Chair

Communication Arts

Phone: (630) 829-6253  |  Send Professor Seely an Email  |  Office: KN 217

Education

M.A. University of Illinois-Chicago | 1979

 

B.A. University of Illinois-Chicago | 1978

 

A.A. College of DuPage | 1976

 


Selected Publications and Presentations

"Transgenderism in Prime Time Situation Comedy: An Analysis of The Golden Girls and The Drew Carey Show." Presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA (April 2012).

 

"Their Own Kick Going: Placing the Right Wing Humor of Jackie Mason and Brother Dave Gardner within the Context of Standup Political Comedy." Presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, San Antonio, TX (April 2011).

 

Stoogeology: Essays on the Three Stooges. Eds. Peter Seely and Gail Pieper. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. Wrote the introduction plus nine of the book's nineteen essays.

 

"Beaver Noir: the Darker Side of Family Values in Leave it to Beaver." Presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans, LA (April 2009).

 

"The Seven Faces of Moe: Seven Different Versions of the Three Stooges." Presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, San Francisco, CA (March 2008).

 

"Jazzin' for Blue Jean: The Jazz Music of David Bowie." Presented at the Popular Culture Association Conference, Boston, MA (April 2007).

Professor Christopher Birks, M.A.

Assistant Professor

Communication Arts

Phone: (630) 829-6252  |  Send Professor Birks an Email  |  Office: KN 222

Education

M.A. (Communication), Northern Illinois University | 2008

B.S. (Economics), Central Michigan University | 1990

 


Selected Presentations and Publications

"Utopian images and gender in web-based advertisements: A view from the starting line." In Dreams for Sale: Utopian Images and Narratives in Advertising. Eds. Luigi Manca, Alessandra Manca, and Gail Pieper. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012. 103-114.

 

"Advocating change." U.S. State Department-sponsored Philippine Minorities Program (The Past Is Always Ahead of Us: Empowering Indigenous and Minority Leaders in the Southern Philippines): Davao, Philippines (January 2011).

 

"Challenges of leading a photo department." Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisors annual convention: Louisville, KY (October 2010).

 

"Anatta-net. Comparing the Buddhist concept of no-self to the structure of the Internet." Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication midwinter conference (Media and Religion group): Norman, OK (March 2009).

 

"That's the one! An examination of spot news photography choices." Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference (Visual Communication division): Chicago, IL (August 2008).

Professor Luigi Manca, Ph.D.

Professor

Communication Arts

Phone: (630) 829-6254  |  Send Professor Manca an Email  |  Office: KN 216

Education

Ph.D., University of Iowa | 1981

 

Laurea di dottore in filosofia, Universita' degli Studidi Roma | 1972

 

Diploma di maturitá classica, Liceo Classico Alberto Azuni | 1968



Selected Publications and Presentations

Utopian Images and Narratives in Advertising: Dreams for Sale. Eds. Luigi Manca, Alessandra Manca, and Gail W. Pieper. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2012.


Gender & Utopia in Advertising: A Critical Reader. Eds. Luigi Manca and Alessandra Manca. Lisle, IL: Procopian Press (dist. by Syracuse University Press), 1994.

 

"Images of Yuppies in Popular Advertisements of the 1980s" in Advertising and Popular Culture. Ed. S. R. Danna. Bowling Green, OH: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1992. 47-55.

 

"The Siren's Song: A Theory of Subliminal Seduction" (with Alessandra Manca). Guest essay in E. J. Whetmore, Mediamerica: Form, Content and Consequences of Mass Communication. Updated 4th edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 1991. 286-288.

 

"Men, Women and Individualism in American Advertising" (with Eric Reinhardt). Platte Valley Review 18:1 (January 1990): 25-39.