My Talks/Panels

  • With Andrea Wenzel, guest speaker, Institute for Nonprofit News Rural Newsroom Peer Group monthly webinar, 19 September 2017.
  • Lunch Speaker, Harvard Business Review, 15 September 2017.
  • “Building New Approaches for Grappling with Civic Issues,” MIT Open Documentary Lab, 14 September 2017.
  • “Driving Civic Imagination, and Bridging Polarization, Regionally,” Northeastern University, 12 September 2017.
  • Guest, Lunch at the Z, WXMZ-FM in Hartford, KY, episode from Bowling Green, KY, 18 August 2017.
  • “Thinking about the Future of Work in Kentucky,” Bowling Green (KY) Rotary Club weekly meeting, 17 May 2017.
  • Moderator, “Preparing Journalists to ‘Co-Create’: Working with the Communities They Serve in Reporting the News,” Conversations: New Frameworks for Public Discourse conference at Northeastern University in Boston, MA, 31 March 2017.
  • Guest, Fjord Fika podcast #5, 08 March 2017.
  • Panelist, “Making TV News Relevant to New Generations,” The Media Insights & Engagement Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 01 February 2017.
  • “Exploring the Futures of Storytelling and Engagement through Slow Innovation,” The Media Insights & Engagement Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 31 January 2017.
  • Panelist, “We’re All Content Producers Now: The Powerful Intersection of Reality TV and Social Media,” National Association of Television Program Executives NATPE Miami 2017 in Miami, FL, 17 January 2017.
  • Moderator, Q&A with Rigged documentary producer Alissa Figueroa from Fusion and Rigged mobile game producer Clint Waters from Hitcents, Rigged documentary screening at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY, 03 November 2016.
  • “‘Si Algo No Se Comparte está Muerto’: Relaciones con la Nueva Audiencia Nativa,” Cartagena Inspira conference in Cartagena, Colombia, 29 September 2016.
  • With Federico Rodriguez Tarditi, “‘Innovation’ and ‘Engagement’: Experiments with What Industry Buzzwords Can Mean in Practice,” MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Colloquium in Cambridge, MA, 08 September 2016.
  • “The Marks Have Gone Off Script: Rogue Actors in the WWE Stands,” The Wrestling Symposium (Yr Simposiwm Reslo) at Aberystwyth University in Aberystwyth, Wales, 18 June 2016, as part of Audience Reactions & Responses panel.
  • “News, Pop Culture, and Satire: Striving for Fusion between Journalism and Activism,” Western Kentucky University Thoughts on Pop, 20 April 2016.
  • Panelist (via Google Hangouts on Air), “#CallingAllVoices: Participatory Journalism and the Changing Nature of News,” National Writing Project Connected Learning webinar series, 12 April 2016.
  • “The Broadcast Ghost: The Persistent Logic of Traditional Media Industries Metrics,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Atlanta, GA, 02 April 2016, as part of If It Doesn’t Spread, It’s Dead? Finding Value and Meaning in Unspreadable Media panel.
  • Panelist, “Non-Academic Career Options for Popular Culture Scholars,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference in Seattle, WA, 25 March 2016.
  • Participant, “Roundtable—The State of Serialized Storytelling: Updates and Forecasts,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association annual conference in Seattle, WA, 24 March 2016.
  • “‘I Was Stabbed 21 Times by Crazy Fans’: Pro Wrestling and Popular Concerns with Immersive Story Worlds,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Seattle, WA, 23 March 2016, as part of Serialized Narratives across Genres and Platforms panel.
  • Moderator, “Practical Actions that Can Be Taken to Reduce Online Abuse in a Community,” Beyond Comments at MIT in Cambridge, MA, 27 February 2016.
  • Virtual Speaker (via WebEx), “Spreadability in Business: What We Can Learn from a Changing Media Landscape,” #sngular1112 in Birmingham, AL, 12 November 2015.
  • “How Some of Marketing’s Greatest Inventions become Frankenstein’s Creature,” ESOMAR Research Analytics: Digital Advanced Research (RA:DAR) 2015 conference in New York, NY, 26 October 2015.
  • Facilitator, “The Future of Advertising,” three roundtable conversations with featured speaker Joe Marchese, Future of Storytelling conference in New York, NY, 07-08 October 2015.
  • Keynote Speaker, “Considering Publics in Your Public Relations,” Public Relations Society of America Sunshine/Orlando Chapters annual conference, 18 July 2015.
  • Moderator, “Social Media: Matching Company and Strategy to Platforms,” Association of Cable Communicators FORUM in Silver Spring, MD, 04 June 2015.
  • Panelist, “ISIS: Who Are They? What Do They Believe?” Popular Culture Studies roundtable discussion, Western Kentucky University, 29 April 2015.
  • Guest, Episode #35, Fei’s World podcast, 20 April 2015.
  • Panelist, “Paid Editing of Wikipedia: Getting Past ‘Gotcha,’” South by Southwest Interactive in Austin, TX, 13 March 2015.
  • Guest, “#MITAlum SXSW Preview,” MIT Alumni Association Twitter Chat, 10 March 2015.
  • Guest, “Misplaced Faith in Big Data,” Front End of Innovation “Forward Focus” video podcast series, 23 February 2015.
  • “Changes and Developments in Digital Communication,” Public Relations Leadership Forum (co-sponsored by the Arthur W. Page Society, the PR Council, and the Institute for Public Relations), 12 December 2014.
  • Breakfast Speaker, “Bracing for a Digital Storm: Managing Your Firm’s Digital Exposure and Opportunities in Today’s Market,” Peppercomm breakfast event in New York, NY, 12 December 2014.
  • Co-Panelist, “The New Dynamic in Social Media: What Companies Have Learned in the Past Three Years,” Association for Corporate Growth-Silicon Valley C-Circle Breakfast, 20 November 2014.
  • Co-Moderator, “Prioritizing Ethics in Word-of-Mouth Marketing,” Word of Mouth Marketing Association Pre-Summit Workshop in Los Angeles, CA, 17 November 2014.
  • Guest, “Stop Marketing! What Do Business Executives Really Want from Brands?” Economist Intelligence Unit/Peppercomm #ContentSurvey Twitter chat, 14 November 2014.
  • Video Guest Speaker, VII Encuentro Internacional at NeoTVLab in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 04 November 2014.
  • Panelist, “CMS Alumni Panel,” MIT Comparative Media Studies/Writing Colloquium, 23 October 2014.
  • “If There’s Only One Kentucky, What’s Its Story?” Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference in Covington, KY, 21 October 2014.
  • “Creating Stories Your Audience Will Want to Share,” Kentucky Travel Industry Annual Conference in Covington, KY, 21 October 2014.
  • Dinner Speaker, “Being Human: Powering Your Business through the Social Soft-Sell,” Flagship Consulting dinner event in London, UK, 07 October 2014.
  • Guest, “Sam Ford on the Wrong Story, Right Story, and Right ROI,” Innovation Excellence blog series (video), 14 August 2014.
  • With Phil Gomes and Eric Schwartzman, guest, “PR Firms Pledge to Obey Wikipedia’s Terms of Use,” On the Record… podcast, 10 July 2014.
  • Panelist, “Can Public Relations Professionals Do Right by Their Clients AND Wikipedia?” webinar for CommPRO.biz, 10 June 2014.
  • With Jackie Kolek, “Building Your Digital Footprint,” webinar for the Public Relations Society of America, Financial Communications Section, 21 May 2014.
  • “Rediscover Your Company’s Humanity,” Front End of Innovation 2014 in Boston, MA, 14 May 2014.
  • Panelist, “Innovation Excellence 2014 Innovation Cities Tour,” Innovation Excellence event at IBM Innovation Center, 12 May 2014.
  • “Social Media and Corporate Strategy,” webinar for The Committee of 200, 28 April 2014.
  • Panelist, “Essay to Parse What’s Cool with What’s Significant,” The Essay in Public Conference at Brown University, 08 April 2014.
  • Participant, “Rethinking Networking Culture, Media Audiences, and Media Content through Spreadable Media,” Workshop at Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Seattle, WA, 22 March 2014.
  • Panelist, Western Kentucky University Potter College Career Linkages Conference featured session, 21 February 2014.
  • Virtual panelist, “Are Soap Operas from Abroad Changing How Americans Watch TV?” Public Radio International, 20 February 2014.
  • Panelist, “#ThinkAgain: Revised Social Media Disclosure Guidance Highlights Updates from the FTC, SEC and Other Regulators,” Social Media Week NYC 2014 event from the Word of Mouth Marketing Association in New York, NY, 19 February 2014.
  • Interviewer with Kari Warberg Block, “Building a Better Mouse Trap: Entrepreneurship and the Importance of Community,” Western Kentucky University Department of Communication featured event, 12 February 2014.
  • Guest, Lunch at the Z, WXMZ-FM in Hartford, KY, 10 February 2014.
  • With Tom Chernaik, “Ethics and Disclosure: WOMMA Updates on Best Practices for Transparency in Word-of-Mouth Marketing,” webinar for Word of Mouth Marketing Association, 14 January 2014.
  • Panelist, “The Power of Listening and Empathy: How Social Is Transforming Insurance Distribution,” The Annual Insurance Executive Conference 2013 in New York, NY, 17 December 2013.
  • “Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture,” Luxury Marketing Council luncheon in New York, NY, 04 December 2013.
  • With Tom Chernaik, “Ethics and WOMM-Updates from the MEAP and More,” Word of Mouth Marketing Association Summit in Nashville, TN, 19 November 2013.
  • “Engaging Audiences and Creating Advocates in a Digital/Social World,” Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities event in Berea, KY, 04 November 2013.
  • Master Class (via Skype), “Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture,” VI Encuentro Internacional at NeoTVLab in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 01 November 2013.
  • Guest, Kentucky OUTLOOK, WKYU-PBS, 30 September 2013.
  • Panelist, “Spreadable Media: How to Make Word of Mouth Work for You,” Social Media Today webinar, 08 October 2013.
  • Guest, Episode #267, The Kindle Chronicles podcast, 13 September 2013.
  • Participant, “Financial Services Roundtable: Digital Investment,” PRWeek/Peppercomm roundtable discussion, 11 September 2013.
  • Guest, Carpool Healthcare Twitter chat (#CPHC), 13 August 2013.
  • Guest, “Interview: Sam Ford Co-Author Spreadable Media,” The Gail Zahtz Show: Health & Design Today, BlogTalkRadio, 09 August 2013.
  • Panelist, “PR Creativity Master Class: Top Brands Show How to Create Brilliant Campaigns that Move Markets,” Bulldog Reporter PR University Master Class webinar, 01 August 2013.
  • Video, “Spreadable Media at SXSW: Sam Ford,” NYUPressOnline YouTube Channel, 24 June 2013.
  • Panelist, “Reaching the World,” American Association of University Presses annual conference in Boston, MA, 22 June 2013.
  • “Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture,” New Media Research Workshop, Berkeley Center for New Media, University of California-Berkeley, 14 May 2013.
  • “How Does Content Really Spread?” Planning-ness conference in Boston, MA, 09 May 2013.
  • Moderator, “Transnational Dimensions of Spreadable Media,” MIT Media in Transition 8 Conference in Cambridge, MA, 04 May 2013.
  • “Listening and Empathizing: Advocating for New Management Logics in Marketing and Corporate Communications,” MIT Media in Transition 8 Conference in Cambridge, MA, 3 May 2013, as part of the panel The Dark Side of Spreadability.
  • With Henry Jenkins, Guest, Wednesday Talk Radio, KBOO, 10 April 2013.
  • Guest, The Joy Cardin Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, 28 March 2013.
  • Presenter, “Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture?” WKU Thoughts on Pop, 26 March 2013.
  • Guest, “Rethink Your Audience,” MarketingProfs Marketing Smarts podcast, 20 March 2013.
  • With Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green, Guest, “Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford & Joshua Green on Spreadable Media,” genConnect YouTube video, 10 March 2013.
  • With Henry Jenkins, Guest, “Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture,” New Books in Journalism, 09 March 2013.
  • With Henry Jenkins, Guest, Electronic Resources & Library/ProQUEST #IdeaDrop House video series, 09 March 2013.
  • With Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green, Presenter, “Spreadable Media: Value, Meaning, & Network Culture,” South by Southwest Interactive 2013 in Austin, TX, 08 March 2013.
  • Participant, “Spreadable Media: Creating Meaning and Value in a Networked Culture,” Workshop at Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conference in Chicago, IL, 07 March 2013.
  • Guest, “Soaps (Operas) Are Not Just for Washing or Watching?” podcast, BFM (Malaysia), 02 March 2013.
  • Panelist, Western Kentucky University Potter College Career Linkages Conference featured session, 08 February 2013.
  • Moderator, “Listening and Empathy: Making Companies More Human,” MIT Futures of Entertainment 6, in Cambridge, MA, 09 November 2012.
  • Panelist, “PR Creativity: 5 Steps to Create Brilliant Campaigns that Generate Breakout Public Response,” Bulldog Reporter PR University Master Class webinar, 01 November 2012.
  • Presenter, WKU Department of Communication Welcome for New Majors, 05 September 2012.
  • Panelist, “Companies Are Only Human: Empathizing with Your Audiences,” Word of Mouth Marketing Association webinar, 11 July 2012.
  • Panelist, “Are You Listening to Your Customers? How to Build an Effective, Customer-Focused Enterprise?” Social Media Today, 10 May 2012.
  • “Creating Spreadable Media,” Explore Nashville conference, Nashville, TN, 13 April 2012.
  • Video Interview (with Jason Falls), “The Key Is Creating Spreadable Media,” Social Media Explorer, 02 April 2012.
  • Interviewer, “Have You Ever Stepped into Your Audience’s Shoes?, Part Two,” PepperTownHall, 21 February 2012.
  • Interviewer, “Have You Ever Stepped into Your Audience’s Shoes?, Part One,” PepperTownHall, 21 February 2012.
  • Panelist, “Soaps Roundtable Part 2,” Blog Talk Radio with Silas Kain, 24 January 2012.
  • Guest, Outlook, WKYU-PBS, 27 November 2011.
  • Panelist, “Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture,” MIT Futures of Entertainment 5 in Cambridge, MA, 11 November 2011.
  • “Spreadable Media” (with Henry Jenkins), Western Kentucky University, 28 September 2011.
  • “The End of a World without End: The Conclusion of Soap Opera As the World Turns,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in New Orleans, LA, 13 March 2011, as part of the panel Soaps in Transition: Creating Soap Opera in Times of Challenge and Change.
  • Guest, “Was O.J. Simpson Responsible for More than Two Murders?” RepChatter Podcast, 04 May 2011.
  • Guest, “What ABC Canceling Soaps Means to Wrestling,” IWantWrestling.com, 14 April 2011.
  • Guest, “Press the Press: Sam Ford,” Podcast with IWantWrestling.com, 07 March 2011.
  • Trainer, “How Cable Can Leverage Facebook and Twitter to Advance PR & Marketing” (with Richard Ouyang), CableFAX On-Site Workshop in New York City, 23 February 2011.
  • Trainer, “Social Media Boot Camp: Leveraging Twitter and Facebook to Advance Your PR” (with Heather Dueitt), PR News Training Academy On-Site Workshop in New York City, 16 February 2011.
  • Trainer, “Social Media 3.0 Boot Camp for Cable” (with Brendan Mullin and Lauren Begley), CableFAX On-Site Workshop in New York City, 08 December 2010.
  • Guest, “Survival of Soap Opera,” Soap Central Live, 03 December 2010.
  • “Spreadable Media,” Social Media Club Louisville event, 11 November 2010.
  • Panelist, “Turn Your Liberal Arts Passion into a Career,” Western Kentucky University Potter College Career Linkages Panel Discussion, 20 October 2010.
  • “The Survival of Soap Opera,” Western Kentucky University Thoughts on Pop Colloquia Series, 19 October 2010.
  • Panelist, “Maximizing Social Media,” CableFAX webinar, 14 October 2010.
  • “Using Social Media to Engage Audiences,” 2010 CTAM Research Committee Meeting in New York City, 29 July 2010.
  • “Rethinking the Anthology,” Fiske Matters Conference in Madison, WI, 12 June 2010, as part of the panel Disciplining Fiske.
  • “Taking a Spreadable Approach to Social Media,” Association of Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities event in Louisville, KY, 04 June 2010.
  • “The Difference between Hearing and Listening,” Word Of Mouth Marketing Association School of WOM in Chicago, IL, 25 May 2010.
  • “Spreadability, Engagement, and Transmedia” (with Joshua Green), MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Spring Retreat in Cambridge, MA, 07 May 2010.
  • “Human Capital Management Webinar” (with Lauren Begley), Association of Management Consulting Firms, 30 April 2010.
  • “Make Social Media Your Professional Media: Successful Hiring and More with Savvy Internet Marketing” (with Lauren Begley), Manager’s Edge Audio Conference, 08 April 2010.
  • Panelist, “The Crisis of Daytime Drama and What It Means for the Future of Television,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, 02 April 2010.
  • Moderator, “Soap Opera: Challenges to the Future of Soaps,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, 02 April 2010.
  • Panelist, “The Survival of Soap Opera: Pasts and Futures of a Legendary Television Genre,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Los Angeles, 18 March 2010.
  • Video Interview, “Is All Press Really Good Press?” WebProNews, 13 March 2010.
  • Panelist, “Does My Sh*t Talking Really Help Your Brand?” South by Southwest Interactive, 13 March 2010.
  • Trainer, “Social Media 3.0 Boot Camp for Cable” (with Ed Moed), CableFAX On-Site Workshop in New York City, 03 March 2010.
  • Panelist, “Using Social Media to Market Your Cable Business,” CableFAX webinar, 15 December 2009.
  • Moderator, “Can Your Company Survive if Sales and Marketing Are on Different Teams?” Peppercomm webinar, 06 December 2009.
  • “How To Listen to Your Stakeholders,” PR News How-To Conference in Washington DC, 02 December 2009.
  • Panelist, “The ROI of ROFL: Why Understanding Popular Culture Should Matter to the C-Suite,” MIT Futures of Entertainment 4 in Cambridge, MA, 21 November 2009.
  • Trainer, Association of National Advertisers Digital/Social Marketing Class (with Rob Longert) in New York, 16 November 2009.
  • Panelist, “From Sticky to Spreadable: The Antidote to ‘Viral Marketing’ and the Broadcast Mentality,” Peppercomm webinar, 06 November 2009.
  • Panelist, “Social Media Council,” Advertising Research Foundation event for Advertising Week in New York, 23 September 2009.
  • Trainer, “Social Media 3.0 Boot Camp for Cable” (with Steve Cody), CableFAX On-Site Workshop in New York City, 17 September 2009.
  • Panelist, “Research, Strategy and Implementation of Social Media at Puget Sound Energy,” Social Media for Utilities Conference in San Francisco, CA, 20 August 2009.
  • Trainer, “Social Media 3.0 Boot Camp for Cable” (with Ann Barlow), CableFAX On-Site Workshop in Los Angeles, 18 August 2009.
  • Trainer, Association of National Advertisers Regional Digital/Social Marketing Workshop (with Jacqueline Kolek) in Boston, MA, 05 August 2009.
  • Trainer, “Social Media 3.0 Boot Camp for Cable” (with Steve Cody), CableFAX On-Site Workshop in New York City, 16 July 2009.
  • Presenter, Philadelphia Public Relations Association New York City Event (with Ted Birkhahn), 16 June 2009.
  • Panelist, “C3 and CMS Ideas in the Workplace,” MIT Convergence Culture Consortium Spring Retreat in Cambridge, MA, 09 May 2009.
  • Presenter via Video Conference, Popular Culture Studies Kick-Off Event for Western Kentucky University, 31 March 2009.
  • Panelist, “Marketing Tools for a Tight Economy,” New York Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators, 10 March 2009.
  • Co-Host, “Speaking Up Podcast: Matt Purdue,” 27 February 2009.
  • Co-Host, “Episode #60: Dan Gillmor,” RepChatter Podcast, 20 February 2009.
  • “Becoming a Hero in an Era of Economic Uncertainty,” Corporate Communication Leaders Forum in New York City, 14 January 2009.
  • Moderator, “The Intersection between the Industry and the Academy,” MIT Futures of Entertainment 3 Conference in Cambridge, MA, 21-22 November 2008.
  • Guest, “New Ways of Telling Stories,” Word of Mouth, New Hampshire Public Radio, 19 November 2008.
  • Co-Host, “Speaking Up Podcast: Brand Building and Social Media in Politics,” 28 October 2008.
  • “New Media: It’s Not So New Anymore,” Donate Life America State Team Leader Meeting in Nashville, TN, 21 October 2008.
  • Panelist, “Narrative Franchises,” Flow Conference 2008 in Austin, TX, 9-11 October 2008. Roundtable discussion.
  • Presenter, Lumin Collaborative Business Illuminated Virtual Class Series, 02 October 2008.
  • Moderator, “Selling the C-Suite on Digital Communications,” PR Week Webcast. 09 September 2008.
  • Guest, “The Fireside Chat Vs. the Podcast,” Word of Mouth, New Hampshire Public Radio, 25 August 2008.
  • Panelist, “The Great CCT Vs. CMS Smackdown,” Consumer Culture Theory Conference in Boston, MA, 21 June 2008.
  • Guest, “Daytime Confidential #247: Sam Ford Interview,” Daytime Confidential Podcast Series, 03 June 2008.
  • “Outside the Target Demographic: Surplus Audiences in Wrestling and Soaps,” Console-ing Passions Conference in Santa Barbara, CA, 25 April 2008, as part of the panel Gendered Fan Labor in New Media and Old.
  • Panelist, MIT Visual Arts Program ArtWorkOut Lecture Series, organized by Wendy Jacob and Andrea Frank. Discussion of pro wrestling performance, 15 April 2008.
  • “Valuing Fans Outside the Target Demographic: Soap Opera Fans and Proselytizing,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in San Francisco, 21 March 2008.
  • Panelist, “Building and Managing Your Company’s Reputation Online,” PR News webinar, 11 March 2008.
  • “Understanding Vast Narratives and Immersive Story Worlds,” Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in Philadelphia, PA, 06 March 2008, as part of the panel Matters of Narrative.
  • Guest, “What Role Will You Play in Entertainment?” Moving from Me to We Podcast, 03 December 2007.
  • “Rewind. Rewatch. Relive: How Lead Fans Transformed the Wrestling Business Model,” Unboxing Television Workshop in Cambridge, MA, 18 November 2007, as part of the panel Complicating Authorship and Cultural Labor.
  • Moderator, “Metrics & Measurement” panel, MIT Futures of Entertainment 2, 16 November 2007.
  • Moderator, Day 2 “Opening Comments,” MIT Futures of Entertainment 2, 17 November 2007.
  • “America’s Fascination with Pro Wrestling,” Lecture for the MIT List Visual Arts Center in Cambridge, MA, 30 May 2007.
  • Interviewer with Kay Alden, “Love May Not Be in the Afternoon Anymore: A Q&A with Soap Opera Writer Kay Alden About How the Genre Is (and/or Should Be) Changing with the Times,” MIT Comparative Media Studies Colloquium, 02 May 2007.
  • As the World Turns in a Convergence Culture,” Presentation at MIT Convergence Culture Consortium’s Collaboration 2.0 Retreat in Cambridge, MA, 22 April 2007.
  • “Growing Old Together: Following As the World Turns’ Tom Hughes Through the Years,” National Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Boston, MA, 06 April 2007.
  • “The Changing Modes of Discourse Between Fan Communities and Soap Opera Producers,” MIT Media in Transition 5 Conference in Cambridge, MA, 28 April 2007, as part of the panel Fans and Producers.
  • Interviewer with Jim Ross, “This One’s Gonna Be a Slobberknocker: WWE’s Jim Ross,” MIT Comparative Media Studies Colloquium, 21 March 2007.
  • Co-Moderator, “C3 Work in Progress and Brainstorming Session,” Convergence Culture Consortium Conference, 27 April 2006.
  • “Break the Walls Down: Trumpeting a Desire to Blur Disciplinary Lines in Academia,” Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference in Atlanta, GA, 14 April 2006, as part of the panel The Perils and Promise of Interdisciplinarity.
  • Graduate Student Representative, Online Chat with Prospective Comparative Media Studies Graduate Student Applicants at MIT, 20 October 2005.
  • Public Reading, “Introduction” from honors thesis “Grappling with Scholarship on Pro Wrestling: Comparative Media Studies Inside the Ring,” Western Kentucky University English Department Senior Reading, 26 April 2005.
  • Student Representative, Roundtable Discussion on ethics in journalism featuring former publisher of The Courier-Journal Barry Bingham, Jr., First Amendment First, WKU School of Journalism and Broadcasting, 21 April 2005.
  • “Excellence of Execution: Vince McMahon’s Incorporation of Expose into Fiction,” Presented at Western Kentucky University 2005 Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture in Bowling Green, KY, 15 April 2005.
  • “Utilization of the Close-Up in One Hour Photo,” 35th Annual Western Kentucky University Student Research Conference in Bowling Green, KY, 09 April 2005.
  • “Vince McMahon: Creating a Pro Wrestling Media Empire,” Presented at Central States Communication Association Annual Meeting in Kansas City, MO, 07 April 2005. Introduction of the Speaker, pro wrestling journalist Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer, Mass Media and Technology Hall Auditorium, Western Kentucky University, 17 March 2005.
  • “Headlocks and Sweatsocks: Mick Foley as American Hero,” Presented at Far West Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference Seventeenth Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, NV, 4-6 February 2005.
  • “Grappling with Theory,” Presented at Northeast Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Brookline, MA, 29 October 2004.
  • “The Monstrosity of Normality in Horror Films,” Presented at Mid-West Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Cleveland, OH. 09 October 2004.
  • Panel Member, Ohio County School District Communication Forum on Education at Ohio County High School, 18 August 2004.
  • Public Reading, “Some Disjointed Notes from My First Academic Conference,” Western Kentucky University English Department Senior Reading, April 2004.
  • Organizer and Presenter, Campus Viewing of The Last Temptation of Christ and discussion of the depiction of Christ in film, April 2004.
  • Lost in Translation Finds Meaning by Varying from Normal Narration Patterns,” Presented at Western Kentucky University 2004 Undergraduate Literature Conference in Bowling Green, KY, 16 April 2004.
  • “Trading Heels for Boots: The Emergence of Strong Female Wrestling Characters,” Presented at Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association National Conference, San Antonio, TX, 09 April 2004.
  • Presenter of Western Kentucky University/Society of Professional Journalists Achievement Award to John C. Morris, 104-year-old religious columnist, 2-3 April 2004.
  • Organizer and Presenter, Community Journalism Panel, Society of Professional Journalists Regional Conference, 2-3 April 2004.
  • “Professional Wrestling’s Struggle for Acceptance as an Art Form,” Presented at Kentucky Honors Roundtable Conference in Bowling Green, KY, 28 October 2003. Honors Discussion Group on current issues regarding African-American literature, featuring Harvard University’s Henry Louis Gates, Jr., 25 September 2003.
  • “Hannibal Lecter: An Unlikely American Hero,” Presented at Western Kentucky University 2003 Undergraduate Literature Conference in Bowling Green, KY, 11 April 2003.
  • “From Center Stage to Squared Circle: Shakespeare and the WWF,” Presented at Western Kentucky University 2002 Undergraduate Literature Conference in Bowling Green, KY, 05 April 2002.
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