Chair, “Reaching Audiences: Exhibition, Distribution, and Reception,” Globalism and Film History Conference, University of Illinois at Chicago, April 2006.
Workshop presentation, “Should Scholarship Be Free?” Society of Cinema and Media Studies, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, March 2006.
Respondent, Paper by Patrice Parvis, Considering Calamity Conference, Theatre and Drama Conference, Northwestern, Sept/Oct 2005
Panel co-chair, “Listen Up! The Sound of Documentary,” Visible Evidence Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, August 2005
“Audio Documentary: A Polemical Introduction for the Visual Studies Crowd,” , Visible Evidence Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, August 2005
“Catfight Aesthetics in Kill Bill,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, London UK, April 2005.
Workshop presentation, “Screen Decades: The Nineties,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, London UK, April 2005.
Respondent, Merging Methodologies 2, Northwestern, Feb 2005.
*”Hollywood’s Politicians,” Presenter and discussion leader, Reeltime screening, Evanston Public Library, Oct 2004
Presenter and discussion leader, program of experimental silent films for Cinema of the Deaf Festival, Oct. 2004.
“Professor Picks” introduction and post discussion leader of Ganja and Hess (Bill Gunn), Block Cinema, Northwestern University, May 2004.
*Presenter and discussion leader, Reeltime (documentary film) screening, Evanston Public Library at the Block Cinema, Feb 2004
“Pornography And Documentary: Narrating the Alibi,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies, Atlanta, March 2004.
*“Going Global with JUMP CUT: Theory and Pragmatics of Radical Media
Executive Committee and participant, Visible Evidence XI Conference, Bristol, U.K., December 2003.
participant, “From the Book to the Internet: Communication Technologies, Human Motions, and Cultural Formations of Eastern Asia,” U of Oregon, Oct 2003.
Panel chair, “Transnational Television: Industry and Culture,” Electronic Elsewheres Symposium, Northwestern University, May 2003.
*Presenter and discussion leader, Reeltime (documentary film) screenings, Evanston Public Library, May 2003.
* Introduction and discussion leader, screening of Deseret (James Benning) Block gallery, Northwestern, April 2003
“Documentary as Alibi,” Visible Evidence conference, Marseille, France, Dec. 2002
“Integrating Economic and Aesthetic Analysis in Teaching Hollywood: Lessons from Experience,” Union for Democratic Communication, State College PA, Oct 2002
“Virtual Child Porn: The Law and the Semiotics of the Image.” Society for Cinema Studies, Denver, May 2002.
“Producing the Field of Experimental Film/Video,” Culture and Society Workshop, Northwestern, Nov. 2001.
panel chair, “Catch the Next Wave,” Graduate Colloquium, Performance Studies, RTF, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre/Drama, Northwestern Univ. October 2001.
respondent to Jon Erickson, Theories of Theatricality symposium, Northwestern Univ. October 2001.
“Producing the Field of Experimental Film/Video,” Chicago Film Seminar, May 2001.
*“Pamela Anderson on the Slippery Slope,” Communications Dept. Graduate/Faculty seminar, Northern Illinois University, Nov. 2000.
*“Hong Kong Action Films in Transition,” Communications Dept. public lecture, Northern Illinois University, Nov. 2000.
participant, “Gender, Race, and Reproduction: Bodies, Ideas, Cultures,” Kreeger Wolf Conference, Gender Studies Program, Northwestern University, Nov. 2000.
panel chair, ”Graduate Colloquium,” Performance Studies, RTF, Interdisciplinary PhD in Theatre/Drama, Northwestern Univ. October 2000.
“Sex and Documentary: The Pamela Anderson/Tommy Lee Tape,” Visible Evidence Conference, Utrecht, August 2000.
participant, “The Prospects and Problems of Globalization,” symposium, U. of Oregon, June 2000.
participant, Console-ing Passions Television Conference. Notre Dame, May 2000.
*”Becoming Hollywood? Hong Kong Cinema in the New Century,” Year 2000 and Beyond: History, Technology, and the Future of Transnational Chinese Film and TV. Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong International Film Festival, April 2000
Panel Chair, “Women and Queer,” Year 2000 and Beyond: History, Technology, and the Future of Transnational Chinese Film and TV. Hong Kong Baptist University and Hong Kong International Film Festival, April 2000
participant, Society for Cinema Studies, Chicago, March 2000.
*with Julia Lesage, “Making Films on a Shoestring: The Ins and Outs of Independent Short Film Production,” RTVF Forum, University of North Texas, Denton TX, Nov. 1999.
“Standing at the Crossroad,” response to Dwight Conquergood, Cultural Intersections Conference, Northwestern University, October 1999
“Radical Media on the Media,” Union for Democratic Communication, Eugene OR, 1999.
Workshop chair, Visible Evidence conference, UCLA, August 1999.
*“The Cry of Jazz,” lecture/screening for Chicago Filmmakers series, Talking Pictures: Investigations in the Avant-garde. Columbia College, Chicago, Feb. 1999.
*Presenter, Discussant, EVEL KNIEVEL, screening series for the Art of the Motorcycle exhibition, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, February, 1999.
*“The Motorcycle as Cultural Icon,” participant, Art of the Motorcycle Symposium, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, January, 1999.
Respondent to Yvonne Rainer, discussing her dance and film work, Chicago Film Seminar, Dec. 1998.
*“Terms of Transition: The Action Film in East-West Perspective,” Asian Cultures at the Crossroads: An East-West Dialogue in the New World Order Conference, David C. Lam Institute for East-West Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, November 1998.
“Marketing Desire: Differentiation and Segmentation in Video Porn,” Sex on the Edge Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Oct. 1998.
Workshop on New Research/New Theory, for Visible Evidence Conference, San Francisco, August 1998. Workshop Organizer.
"Class Politics, Identity Politics and (Post)Modern Film and Television Studies, " Panel Chair, Society for Cinema Studies, San Diego, April 1998
“Writing Workshop: Turning your Dissertation into a Book,” workshop panelist, Society for Cinema Studies, San Diego, April 1998
*“SELENA and Latino identity,” lecture for “Hispanic Film: Contemporary Analysis,” Chicago Latino Film Festival, April 1998.
Chair, “Emile de Antonio Reconsidered,” Visible Evidence Conference, Northwestern University, September 1977.
“Political Economy and Cultural Studies: Long Term Marriage, Tempestuous Affair, Romantic Interlude, Anonymous Encounter, or Phone Sex?” International Association for Media and Communications Research, Oaxaca Mexico, July 1997.
“U.S. Independent Feature Films: Hopes and Dreams,” Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Theatre and Drama, Northwestern University. May 1997
“Gender and the Creation of a Critical Discourse on Video Art,” Console-ing Passions Conference, Montréal, May, 1997.
*“The Social Semiotics of High Heel Shoe Images,” Colloquium on “Love and Beauty,” DePaul University, February 1997.
“How Cultural Studies Became the Chief Obstacle to World Wide Proletarian Revolution and Other Amusing Myths,” workshop leader, Union for Democratic Communications conference, Chicago, October 1996.
“Independent Features: Hopes and Dreams,” Society for Cinema Studies, Houston, March 1996.
“The Unities of Experimental Film and Video,” Ohio University Film Conference, Nov. 1995
“The Contemporary Working Class in Documentary: In Sight and Out of Sight,” Visible Evidence III, Harvard , August 1995
“Women’s Diary Videos,” Console-ing Passions Conference, Seattle, April 1995.
Workshop presenter, “Pedagogy and Porn,” Society for Cinema Studies, New York, March, 1995.
Workshop presenter, “Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure in the Current Academic Environment,” Society for Cinema Studies, New York, March, 1995.
“Cultural Appropriation and Subcultural Expression: The Dialectics of Cooptation and Resistance,” Northwestern University Center for the Humanities Faculty/Graduate Student Workshop, November 1994
with Rick Morris, “Juridical Visual Forms: The Evolution of Court TV,” Visible Evidence Conference, USC, August 1994, and panel chair: “The Logic and Entertainment of Reality TV.”
“Expository Strategies in Experimental Video Essays by Women,” Console-ing Passions Conference, U of Arizona, April 1994
Organizer and presenter of short documentary films from the 1930s in conjunction with the Block Gallery exhibition of Depression era prints, April 1994
*“Fantasies of Masculinity and Class in Action Films,” U of Oregon, English Department lecture, March 1994.
Respondent to paper by Robert Burgoyne, Chicago Film Seminar, March 1994.
*Panelist, “The Media and the Modern Revolution,” for the series “The Legacy of Rosa Luxemburg,” Blue Rider Theatre, Chicago, February 1994.
Workshop presenter, “Helping Students with Emotionally Difficult Material,” Women’s Studies Program and Searle Center for Teaching Excellence faculty workshop, Northwestern, Dec. 1993.
*“Fluxus and Film” Gallery Lecture for “In and Around Fluxus” film screenings, part of the “Fluxus: A Conceptual Country” exhibition, Block Gallery, Northwestern University, Oct. 1993.
“A Theory and Practice Course in Cross Cultural Analysis,” workshop on Teaching Documentary Film and Video, Visible Evidence Conference, Duke University, Sept. 1993.
National Association of Media Art Centers, Chicago June 93.
Panel Chair, “Race/Ethnicity/Media,” Society for Cinema Studies, New Orleans, Feb 1993.
"Realist Melodrama and the African-American Family: Billy Woodberry's Bless Their Little Hearts." Conference on Melodrama: Stage, Picture, Screen. British Film Institute, London, July, 1992.
“The Change From Film to Video Pornography in the U.S. in the 1980s: Implications for Analysis.” Screen Conference, Glasgow, June 1992.
"When Did Annie Sprinkle Become an Artist?: Female Performance Art, Male Performance Anxiety, Art as Alibi, and Labial Art." Society for Cinema Studies. Pittsburgh, May 1992. Preconstituted panel, "Sprinkle, Sprinkle, Little Star: Permutations of a Porn Star Image," with Chris Straayer and Linda Williams.
Panel Chair, “Representations of Class and Social Issues in Film,” Society for Cinema Studies. Pittsburgh, May 1992.
"Kitsch, Camp, Trash and the Politics of Irony," Cultural Studies Workgroup, Center for Interdisciplinary Research in the Arts, Northwestern University, April, 1992.
*"Cultural Appropriation and Subcultural Expression," Oregon Humanities Center, U of Oregon, Feb.,1992, and faculty seminar on my current work.
"White Teachers Teaching Black Films," Chicago Screen Educators, Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jan. 1992
"White Teachers Teaching Black Films," Midwest Modern Language Association, Chicago, Nov. 1991.
Panel Chair, discussant, "Region and Race," University Film and Video Association, Corvallis OR, Aug 1991.
"The Change from Film to Video Pornography in the 1980s" (paper) and "Issues in Teaching Sexual Representation" (workshop), Marxist Literary Group Institute on Culture and Society, U. of Oregon, June 1991.
"Ethnography/Ethics/Aesthetics: Studies in Cross-Cultural Film/Video," Society for Cinema Studies, Los Angeles, May 1991.
Panel Chair, "The Ethics and Aesthetics of Cross Cultural Media," Society for Cinema Studies, Los Angeles May 1991.
*"Always on the Margins: Early U.S. Experimental Film." Symposium, "Modernism: Early 20th Century Perspectives on U.S. Culture." Block Gallery, Northwestern Univ. April 1991.
Respondent, video work by Michael Kroetsch, American Film Institute Video Festival, Los Angeles, Nov. 1990.
"From Film to Video: Commercial Pornography in the Eighties." Society for Cinema Studies, Washington DC, May 90.
Panel chair, "Current Issues in Sexual Representation." Society for Cinema Studies, Washington DC, May 90.
Workshop presentation, "White Teachers and Black Independent Film/Video: Some Practical and Political Concerns." Society for Cinema Studies, Washington DC, May 90.
"Politics and Postmodernism." San Francisco State University, Nov. 89.
*Panel chair, "History, Censorship, Politics, Media." 1989 Video Festival, American Film Institute, Los Angeles, Oct. 89.
Discussant, "Towards the Decolonization of Africa Media: Issues in Cultural Imperialism" panel, African Studies Association, Chicago, Oct. 88.
"Theory of Popular Third World Cinema." Panel on combining political economy and critical theory in analyzing Third World film. Panel chair, with Manji Pendakur. Ohio University conference on Asian Cinema. October 88. [unable to attend due to injury; paper was presented by Pendakur]
with Manji Pendakur, "Basic Issues in the Theory of Third World Cinema." Union for Democratic Communications, Ottawa, May 88.
*"Fashioning the Fetish: the Social Semiotics of High Heel Shoe Images;" Society for Photographic Education, Houston, Mar 88.
*"Fashioning the Fetish: the Social Semiotics of High Heel Shoe Images;" California Institute of Arts, Valencia, Mar 88.
*"Walter Gutman," lecture and screening of CIRCUS GIRLS and SAPPHO, Pacific Film Archives, UC, Berkeley, Oct. 1987
Panel Chair: "Representations of the Other," Society for Cinema Studies, Montreal, May 1987.
International Communication Association. Montreal, May 1987. Participant.
"A Critique of Alan Soble, Pornography." American Philosophical Association/central division. Chicago, May 1987.
"Video from Nicaragua," Union for Democratic Communications. Los Angeles. Feb. 1987.
New Latin American Cinema Conference. University of Iowa. Oct. 1986. Participant.
Third World Film Conference. Edinburgh Film Festival. Aug. 1986. Participant.
*"Stepping Out: The Social Semiotics of High Heel Shoe Images," lecture for the University Gallery, Ohio State University, May 1986.
Committee of Editors of Latin American Film Magazines, 7th International Festival of New Latin American Cinema, Havana, Dec. 1985.
*"Stepping Out: The Social Circulation of High Heel Shoe Images," Lecture for "Photographys for Hire" colloquium series, Columbia College, Chicago, Nov. 1985.
*"Stepping Out: The Social Circulation of High Heel Shoe Images," lecture for The Other Cinema, Syracuse University, Nov. 1985.
*"Fashioning the Fetish: the Social Semiotics of High Heel Shoe Images," lecture for the Conference on Semiotics and Cinema, Northwestern University, July 1985.
*"Issues in the Iconography of Stigmatized Sexual Subcultures," International Visual Communication Conference, Philadelphia, June 1985.
Panel chair, "Research Issues in the Iconography of Sexual Subcultures." International Visual Communication Conference, Philadelphia, June 1985
*"Stepping Out: The Social Circulation of High Heel Shoe Images," lecture for Photography Colloquium series, Art and Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago, May 1985.
*"Stepping Out: The Social Circulation of High Heel Shoe Images," lecture for series on Sexuality and Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Nov. 1984.
*"On the Border of Ethics and Ethnography: Louis Hock's THE MEXICAN TAPES," paper for the Conference on Documentary, Film in the Cities, Nov. 1984.
"Recent Developments in Central American Film and Video Documentary," Society for Cinema Studies, Syracuse, Mar. 1984.
*"Historical Overview" panel, Black Independent Film Conference, UCLA, Feb. 1984.
*"Sensitivity is Not Enough: The Development of Personal, Professional, and Political Ethics," Image Ethics Symposium, Annenberg School of Communications, U. of Pennsylvania, Jan. 1984.
*Panel discussion of NOT A LOVE STORY and issues of pornography, public forum of the Image Ethics Conference, Annenberg School, Jan. 1984.
*"Right to be Seen and Heard," Panel, National Association of Artists' Organizations, Oct. 1983.
*"Learning Together: Team Teaching a Course on Third World Film," with Manji Pendakur. Given at the Summer Teaching Institute, Center for Critical Theory and Interpretation, U. of Illinois, Urbana, June 1983.
*Panel on Media Arts Criticism, National Association of Media Arts Centers, June 1983. (My remarks were reported in the Village Voice, Afterimage and Media Arts.)
*Center for New Television, Chicago, May 1983. Workshop on "Personal Documentary.”
"The Social Circulation of High Heel Shoe Images," Conference on Culture and Communication, Philadelphia, Mar. 1983.
Chicago Filmmakers, October 1982. Workshops on Documentary Film: chair, "Funding and Distribution," participant, "Contemporary Issues of Documentary."
"Charles Burnett's KILLER OF SHEEP," Society for Cinema Studies, UCLA, June 1982.
Chair, panel on "Independent Black, Chicano, and Asian Filmmaking in Los Angeles." Society for Cinema Studies, UCLA, June 1982.
*Chicago Editing Center, May 1982. Workshop on "Experimental Documentary Styles."
"Subtexts and Subcultures: A Theory of the Audience," Ohio University Film Conference, April 1982.
Chair, panel on the film spectator. Ohio University Film Conference, April 1982.
"The Politics of Trash Films," Purdue University Film Conference, April 1982.
Chicago Area Seminar on Culture and the Arts, Feb. 1982. Presentation of work-in-progress on high heel shoe images.
N.U. Film Division Seminar on Hitchcock's REBECCA, Feb. 1981. Coordinator and presenter of guest lecturer, Raymond Bellour.
"Avant Garde and Radical Political Film in the U.S.," with Ruby Rich, Society for Cinema Studies, March 1980.
Chair: panel on "Avant Garde as Ideological Workshop." Society for Cinema Studies, March 1980
*Indiana University Film Studies Lecture Series, March 1980. Lecture: "Kitsch, Camp, Trash, Punk and the Politics of Irony."
Film Division Seminar on Subcultures, Northwestern University, May 1979. Coordinator. Talk: "Kitsch, Camp, Trash, Punk and the Politics of Irony."
Alternative Cinema Conference, June 1979. Panel on theory and politics. Talk on radical film today.
Society for Cinema Studies, Mar. 1979. Panel with Northwestern University students on LADY BE GOOD. Paper co-authored with D. Scott Brewer on the success montage sequence, and second paper giving an ideological analysis of the sequence.
"Rick as Romantic Hero," Purdue Film Conference, Mar. 1979. Panel with NU students on CASABLANCA.
"The Marxist Analysis of Ideology and Popular Culture," Midwest Marxist Scholars Conference, Mar. 1978.
Modern Language Association, Dec. 1977, "The Third World and the Moving Image." Coordinator of panel on research problems and techniques.
"Family and Melodrama Under Capitalism," Film Division Graduate Seminar on Melodrama, Nov. 1977.
"Ideology and Popular Culture, a Marxist Analysis," Conference on Culture and Communication, Temple University, Mar. 1977.
*Toronto International Film Festival, Oct. 1976. Guest of the festival and discussion leader for women's film events.
"Radical Film: Combining Mass Appeal and Political Analysis," Popular Culture Association, Apr. 1976.
Conference for a Relevant Social Science, Mar. 1976. In charge of film panel and screenings.
Popular Culture Association, Feb. 1976. Panel on alternatives in media.
Popular Culture Association, Mar. 1975. Film magazine editors' panel.
Conference for a Relevant Social Science, Feb. 1975. Discussion leader on films.
University of Iowa Refocus Conference, Nov. 1974. Panel on film criticism.
Popular Culture Association, May 1974. Section on Marxist criticism. Paper: "The Marxist Study of Popular Culture."
Videotape workshop, Loop College, fall 1973. Participant.
*"A Systematic Approach to Audience Response to Film," with Julia Lesage (Indexed and held, ERIC), 1973 Student Conference on Film Study (Oberlin College, American Film Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities), Apr. 1973.
British Film Institute Summer School, Aug. 1972. Student, two-week course on "Technique, Style, and Meaning."
One-week workshop on new cinema theory by Cahiers du cinéma. Avignon, July 1972. Participant.
Conference for a Relevant Social Science, Mar. 1972. Panelist and discussion leader.
*University of Wisconsin Strindberg Seminar, summer 1969. Student (scholarship).