Oct. 9, 2015
Fall 2015 SPE Northeast Conference
Presenters & Schedule Announced!
Advocacy: Photography's Role in Affecting Change 
2015 Northeast Regional Conference, Boston, MA - November 6 & 7 
Hosted by the Photographic Resource Center at Boston University
Keynote Speaker: Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Honored Educator: Arno Rafael Minkkinen
Invited Speaker: Jane D. Marsching
Conference co-chairs: Bruce Myren and Camilo Ramirez

To photograph something is to advocate for an idea or a particular belief, your own or others. Given recent events, across the world, we have seen the power of the medium in the hands of millions. The 2015 SPE-NE Conference aims to address and consider photography as an agent of change from a range of perspectives as well as those that can apply to photographic education and learning. We are delighted to announce the full conference schedule and slate of presenters, listed below!
PLEASE NOTE: There are 2 different locations for the presentations & panels, Friday & Saturday. You must register for the conference to attend the sessions and lectures, but the Keynote & PRC exhibition reception are also open to the public. 
Conference content on website is in progress, abstracts and biographies to come.
FRIDAY, November 6th
871 Commonwealth Ave., BU College of General Studies, Room 129, BU West T-Stop, Green Line (paid parking at meters or BU lot info can be found here)     

10:30am - 12:00pm - Volunteer Training at the Photographic Resource Center, 832 Commonwealth Ave.

12:30 - 4:00pm - Registration & coffee outside Room 129, BU CGS, 871 Comm. Ave.
12:30 - 1:30pm - Portfolio sharing, same location

2pm - Conference begins 

2:00 - 2:45pm - Kai Plews, University of Iowa - "Illegal Art: Photography In The Age Of The Ag Gag Law"

2:45 - 3:30 pm - David Mussina, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - "Mystic River Watershed Association & Save Silver Maple Forest"

3:30 - 4:15pm - DM Witman, Unity College, Maine - "MELT"

4:30 - 5:30pm - KEYNOTE SPEAKER - Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 
Lecture is also open to the public (non-conference attendees $10 at the door)

6:00 - 8:00pm - SOWA First Fridays Galleries, 450 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, There are many great galleries to see art and restaurants nearby for dinner.  Transportation TBD. 
SATURDAY, November 7th
640 Commonwealth Ave., BU College of Communications, Room 101, Blandford T-Stop, Green Line (paid parking at meters or BU lot info can be found here)     

8:00am - 12:00pm  - Registration outside Room 101, BU COM, 640 Comm. Ave.
9:00 - 9:15am - Opening Remarks - Bruce Myren, SPE-NE Regional Chair

9:15 - 10:15am  - INVITED SPEAKER - Jane D. Marsching, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
10:15 - 10:30am - Coffee Break
10:30 - 11:15am - Emily Schiffer, MFA Candidate, University of Michigan   - "SEE POTENTIAL"

11:15am - 12:00pm - Mary Beth Meehan, Providence, RI - "Photography, Visibility and Community"
12:00 - 1:00pm - Lunch  (box lunch will be provided with conference registration)

12:00 - 12:45pm - Regional Business Meeting
1:15 - 2:00pm  - Claire Beckett, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Lisa Tobias, Terra Foundation - "The Converts"

2:00 - 2:45pm - Zoe Perry-Wood, Lexington, MA - "The BAGLY Prom Series"
2:45 - 3:00pm - Coffee Break
3:00 - 3:45pm  - Isis Charise, Kingston, NY - "The GRACE Project"
3:45 - 4:45pm - PANEL: O. Gustavo Plascencia and students, Adams State University - "Exploring Service Learning and Social Change Through Photography"
5:00 - 6:00pm  - HONORED EDUCATOR - Arno Rafael Minkkinen, University of Massachusetts, Lowell          
6:30 - 9:00pm - OPENING RECEPTION - Evidence and Advocacy: SPE Northeast Juried Exhibition at the Photographic Resource Center at BU, 832 Comm. Ave, BU West T-stop, Green Line, but also walk-able from BU COM
Reception is also open to the public
Schedule subject to change, please check website for up-to-date information