East Georgia State College’s Annual Convocation is just around the corner. At 11 a.m. on September 13, 2018, join EGSC’s students, faculty and staff at the Luck F. Gambrell Center’s Auditorium on EGSC’s Swainsboro campus as guest speaker Will Storr discusses his book, Selfie: How We Became So Self-Obsessed and What It’s Doing to Us.
“Each year a primary text for our Convocation is selected by faculty and staff and provided to a portion of our student body,” said EGSC Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, Dr. H. Lee Cheek. “This year, our text and theme will be integrated into our Freshmen Year Experience, Correll Scholars Program, the work of the Taskforce on Culture Respect, and across the curriculum.”
Dr. Cheek explains that Convocation at EGSC has several vital functions. “Convocation is to celebrate new students’ entry into higher education; to officially start the new academic year; to induct new students into the Freshmen Class with our Bobcat Pledge; and to build a sense of group identity or community among our academic family and to share the College’s mission and expectations to new and returning students.”
The selected Convocation text, Selfie, is an in-depth study of selfie culture, tracing it to the self-esteem movement of the 1980s and 90s, and going as far back as Ancient Rome, through the Christian Middle Ages, and to 1908s California, the rise of the “selfie generation,” and the era of hyper-individualism in which we live now.
Storr, an award-winning journalist and novelist, has had work appear in The Guardian Weekend, The Sunday Times Magazine and Esquire. He is the author of four critically-acclaimed books and teaches popular journalism and storytelling classes in London at Guardian Masterclasses and The Faber Academy. Storr has been named New Journalist of the Year, Feature Writer of the Year and has won a National Press Club award for excellence. His investigation into the kangaroo meat industry won the AFM award for Best Investigative Journalism and he’s been presented with the One World Press award and the Amnesty International award for his work on sexual violence against men. He’s also won the AIB Award for Best Investigative Documentary for his BBC radio series.
Copies of the book are available for checkout in the EGSC Library.
Don’t miss this great event and special chance to hear from the author of Selfie.
- Watch the Livestream of Convocation here!
- Hear Storr in his own words in this New Yorker Magazine video!