The University of New Mexico's Department of Communication & Journalism hosts VisCom: The Visual Communication Conference at Taos Ski Valley, June 15-19. VisCom 25 brings more than 60 of the nation's top visual communication researchers together for four days of informal scholarly exchanges on research and creative work in visual communication. This is the first time in the organization's 25-year history that it has come to New Mexico.

"Ever since it was started by Herb Zettl and Bob Tiemens 25 years ago, this intimate conference where participants eat, live and work together has been instrumental in developing the relatively new field of visual communication," said conference organizer Associate Professor Richard Schaefer. Besides Schaefer, C&J; chair Associate Professor Glenda Balas, and UNM graduate students Carolyn Gonzales, Liingjing Bao, Uriel Lapcevic and T.J. Martinez, will also discuss their research.

The program includes presentations on water in the west, which features a look at acequias and the water culture in Chihuahua, Mexico. Other broad areas include documentary analysis, historic glimpses, visual culture and perfecting the presentation.

"This is an excellent opportunity for those of us at UNM to become part of a fast-developing field," Schaefer said.

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