Cooper to Discuss Photojournalism at LINC Luncheon

February 12, 2012

Dr. Len Cooper, assistant professor of communication at the University of Mount Union, will present Is a Picture Worth a Thousand Words? on Tuesday, February 28 at the LINC Luncheon. The luncheon will be held in the Hoover-Price Campus Center at noon, which is located on the University’s campus. 
Cooper’s presentation is about the role photography plays in the social construction of reality. He argues history is often defined by the images chosen to represent a specific event or time, and that this holds true for personal histories and memories as well. Through the exploration of historically significant images, Cooper will discuss the relationship between impressions of reality and a shared reality created through photojournalism, or what Washington Post President and Publisher Philip Graham calls “the first rough draft of history.” Cooper integrates these concepts into his photojournalism, multimedia and visual literacy courses at the University.
A member of the Mount Union faculty since 2007, Cooper earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication and a master’s degree in media from the University of Akron and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in journalism and communication from The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at Mount Union, he taught at Bellarmine University in Louisville, KY and Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, OH.
Cooper is interested in all forms of visual communication and explores methods of using multiple media for story telling. He has recently produced work for The North Canton Chamber of Commerce, Portage Collaborative Montessori School, Human Ohio and the Mount Union Multicultural Retreat as well as several narrative short films. His work has been featured on and North Canton’s He is currently researching and shooting a documentary film about the volunteers who work to save shelter animals through a national rescue-animal transport.
The community luncheon series known as LINC (lunch, information, networking and conversation) was conceived to take advantage of the local expertise from Mount Union’s faculty and staff that exists in Alliance, in light of the University’s exceptional academic reputation. This is an opportunity to gain practical knowledge on current topics from local experts and a chance to interact with members of the University and greater Alliance community.
The sessions are open to the public and will run from noon until 1 p.m. during the fourth Tuesday of the months of September, October, November, January, February and March. The cost of each lunch is $10, but a discounted season ticket is available for $50. Payment will be accepted at the door, but space is limited.
An additional session will be held on Tuesday, March 27 featuring Dr. Kevin Meyer, assistant professor of psychology, who will present Face Your Fears.
For more information or to make a reservation, contact Chris Pontius at Mount Union at (330) 823-5993 or

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