Guest speaker explores topic of closed captioned media

Zdenek Take a look into the complex world of closed captioning at this semester’s Arts Lecture Series, presented by the communication studies department.

Guest speaker Sean Zdenek will give a talk titled “Reading Sounds: Accessing Popular Culture Through the Lens of Closed Captioned Media” on Wednesday, March 26.

Zdenek, associate professor of technical communication and rhetoric at Texas Tech University, will explore the captioning process as rhetorically complex based on his upcoming book Reading Sounds.

He’ll describe a number of transformations that captions enable through interpretations of the captioner.  See how the captioned text is not so much a copy or transcript of the original, but a new text.

Zdenek’s research interests include disability and web accessibility studies, the rhetoric of closed captioning, deaf studies, sound studies, methods of rhetorical criticism, and animated software interfaces. He’s published articles in Disability Studies Quarterly, Discourse and Society, AI and Society, and The Review of Communication.

The event will start at 7:30 pm at Wednesday, March 26, in the Lecture Hall of the Education and Arts Building, room 1001. 

Tickets for the Arts Lecture Series are available in advance to adults for $7 and to senior citizens, 55 or older, for $5. Tickets at the door are $2 more. Students and children receive tickets free of charge with a school ID.

Arts Lecture Series by Sean Zdenek
“Reading Sounds: Accessing Popular Culture Through the Lens of Closed Captioned Media”
7:30 pm Wednesday, March 26
Lecture Hall, Education and Arts Building, room 1011
Tickets $5-$9 // Free to students/children // 574.520.4203