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CCI Faculty and Students Travel to Israel With Comparative Religous Thought II Class

By: Emily Horne

The Jewish Studies group in a Druze village. © Photo by Megann Galehouse

In May, David LaBelle, who is directing the Photojournalism program, and two of his students traveled to Israel. On this trip, they joined Chaya Kessler, Director of the Jewish Studies program, David Odell Scott, Chair of the Department of Philosophy, and other students participating in a short study-abroad trip through Comparative Religious Thought II, which fulfills both the Humanities Core and Global Diversity requirement.

A market area from the streets of Old City Jerusalem. © Photo by David LaBelle

Kessler said after speaking to LaBelle at a new hire orientation three years ago, they discovered many similar interests that could potentially lead to collaboration. “In both our programs we strive to expand beyond our own small niche. Collaborations allow this to naturally develop,” Kessler said. LaBelle also spoke highly of the collaboration saying, “this is what we need to be doing more of, quite frankly.”

LaBelle worked with students Megann Galehouse and Chloe Makarick to create an independent study project that involved the trip to Israel. The initial goal of the project was to do more than simply travel photography because “to shoot any kind of intimate or meaningful pictures on tour is a challenge,” LaBelle said.

The group chose to explore the idea of the “Jerusalem Syndrome,” a condition in which people think they are, in fact, one of the Bible figures and become very emotionally involved at those religious sites. This project proved to be more time consuming and in depth than expected so the group revised their focus.

The Stone of Unction inside the Church of the Holy Sephulchre in Jerusalem. © Photo by Chloe Makarick

While traveling, LaBelle, Galehouse, and Makarick shifted gears and looked more at prayer and how different people are praying. They tried to focus on how individuals choose to express their faith. Since Israel is the center of different religions, it provides for a variety of religious experiences. This project will continue throughout the semester.

Galehouse, a junior in the photojournalism program, said this trip allowed her to learn how to be more patient with others as well as the importance of allowing oneself to get to know people based on their interests and thoughts. “It will open your eyes to new things and teach you to be a better person,” she said.

Makarick, a senior information design major and photojournalism minor, said her own personal goal with this trip was try to connect with as many people as she could. Not only did she connect with the people in Israel but with the others on the trip as well. “It was awesome how great the group meshed together. We were all intermingling, learning from each other and exchanging ideas,” she said.

Prayer candles in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. © Photo by Megann Galehouse

Galehouse indicated her biggest takeaway from this trip as having the opportunity to shadow LaBelle. She said that experience was truly beneficial and something she will treasure. Makarick’s biggest takeaway was the realization that you have to experience unfamiliar cultures with an open mind and accept everyone despite the differences you may have.

Photographs from this trip and project will be on display near the Wick Poetry Center in the Library beginning September 12.

“I assure of you this: I came back not thinking I was Jesus or John the Baptist. Some people were a little surprised that I didn’t suffer from the Jerusalem Complex,” LaBelle joked.

Students receive opportunity to display their work at the first annual CCI Film and Photography Gala

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Do you have a love for photography and film? Kent State provides you an opportunity to show off your work at the first annual College of Communication and Information (CCI) Film and Photography Gala on Friday, March 30.

“Students should enter their work so that they have the opportunity to have their photos and videos shown to the public and people in the entertainment industry,” said David Sadvari, senator of Undergraduate Student Government. “A lot of students don’t have the opportunity to show their work because there aren’t many screening options for them in this area.”

The event will have two separate competitions: photography and film.

The photography exhibition will be a judged screening of the Through Our Eyes exhibit in the FirstEnergy Auditorium Lobby at 5 p.m. in Franklin Hall.  Photos in this exhibit were compiled by students from elementary and basic photography classes, Visual Storytelling, photojournalism and specialty classes, as well as photos taken for student media and personal projects. The images represent the diverse talent of Kent State students and are currently being displayed in the lobby.

The doors for the film competition will open at 6:15 p.m. in the FirstEnergy Auditorium. Judging will be based on originality, technical merit, execution and audience appeal. Each film entry should be submitted on an individually-labeled DVD and can be between one and 15 minutes long. Films must have been created in the past two years and free of any copyright infringement.

The first, second and third place winners will receive a prize that will be announced at a later date.

“This will be a networking event where professionals in the industry, faculty from the university and the student producers and photographers have a great chance to get together for an exciting event,” Sadvari said.

A non-refundable flat fee of $15 per person is required to enter the film competition.  All submissions are due to Jennifer Kramer in 131 Moulton Hall (CCI Dean’s Office) by March 26, 2012.   Each entrant must be a current Kent State CCI student.

Important dates to remember:

–          March 26: Submissions are due

–          March 28: Receive notification of acceptance

–          March 30: Film and Photography Gala event day

For more information, visit the College website.

Kent State University lead photographer Gary Harwood shares career exhibit with Canton arts community

By Brianne Kimmel

Gary Harwood, Instructor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication
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A well-known face at Kent State University shares his 30 year retrospective of award winning work with Canton’s Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography.

The Gary Harwood Life Behind the Lens | A 30 Year Retrospective exhibit opens February 4th for a free, one-night event featuring live music and signing of Harwood’s book Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community at the Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography from  5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. This exhibit running from February 4th thru May 21st will include powerful imagery from Ohio’s migrant community, the indefatigable spirit of Cuba, photographs produced for the Associated Press, and Gary’s visual essay on aging.

Harwood has received over 70 awards for his work including 2001’s University Photographer of the Year as well as placing in the 2010 Canton Luminaries Photography Competition. As an instructor at Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Harwood shares his expertise to produce high-caliber photojournalism students.

Brianne Kimmel is a senior advertising major and marketing assistant in the Dean’s Office of the College of Communication and Information.