SAINT AUGUSTINE — Dr. James Pickett, associate professor of Communication at Flagler College, will present the college’s final Community Lectures Series. “The Hidden Curriculum: The Decorum of Space, Time and Consumption in the Digital Age” begins at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 11 in the historic Solarium in Ponce Hall.
His presentation will explore how new sensibilities about space — the end of traditional public space, and privacy — time and consumption as the central activity are cultivated by digital media, specifically social media.
“Digital media,” Pickett said, “means the end of self-restraint.” He will further elaborate the impact of the modern age phenomenon during his talk.
The Flagler professor, also chair of the Communication Department, earned his doctoral degree in Rhetoric and Communication from the University of Pittsburgh, where his thesis focused on rhetorical movements in recombinant DNA debates. He also earned a master’s degree in Rhetoric and Communication and a bachelor’s in Speech and English from the University of Pittsburgh. He has presented numerous papers at Southern States Communication Association, National Communication Association and Florida Communication Association conferences.
At Flagler, he currently teaches Speech Communication, Media Ethics, Propaganda in a “Free” Society, PR/Strategic Communication Case Analysis and Portfolio Review for PR/Strategic Communication.
During the 2016-17 season, Flagler celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Community Lecture Series, which was founded in 2007 to offer the local community an opportunity to explore topics covering arts, religion, politics, culture, history, economics and more with experts on the college faculty. The theme of the series this year was “Challenges at the Crossroads: Finding Solutions to Local Issues.”
Tickets are $5 per person for a single lecture, or $15 for four lectures. Active military personnel may attend at no charge. Lectures begin at 10 a.m. in the Ponce Hall Solarium at Flagler College, 74 King St. Reservations are not required. The lecture will last approximately one hour and will be followed by a coffee and pastry reception.
Call 904- 826-8617 for more information, or visit http://www.flagler.edu/communitylectures.