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03/02/17: Presenting Research to Public Audiences

In this 90-minute workshop, Professor Jon McKenzie will focus on presenting research to public audiences, concentrating on the ways that storytelling, images, and performance techniques can enhance your ability to engage non-specialists with your research. Participants will study exemplary presentations to learn strategies for contextualizing their research, visualizing concepts and evidence, and integrating word, image, and performance through an exercise using their own work. Please bring your laptop, some research, a working knowledge of PowerPoint, Keynote, or other presentation software, and your eagerness to connect with the public.

Thursday, March 2, 2017
1 – 2:30 p.m. Lunch served at 12:30 p.m.
Mann Library, Room 160


Jon McKenzie is the Arts & Science Dean’s Fellow for Media and Design and Visiting Professor of English at Cornell University. He is the author of Perform or Else: From Discipline to Performance, which focuses on cultural, organizational, and technological performance in post-disciplinary societies; he is also co-editor of Contesting Performance: Global Sites of Research. His work has been translated into a half-dozen languages. Founder and former director of the design consultancy DesignLab, McKenzie has produced numerous experimental video essays and gives workshops on performative scholarship and transmedia knowledge. In 2013, HOBO Art Foundation and the New Theatre of Warsaw co-produced Disastronauts, an experimental theatre work with dance and Theremins based on McKenize’s Perform or Else and his video The Revelations of Dr. Kx4l3ndj3r. His website is

This workshop is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, Cornell University Library, and the Office of Engaged Initiatives.

Attendance at this workshop is by invitation only. Please notify of your interest in attending our events.

Contact Information

Office of Faculty Development and Diversity
122 Day Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853
Ph: 607.255.6867
Fax: 607.255.4672