2016 UCRC Keynote
The Camera Politic: American Presidents and the History of Photography from the Daguerreotype to the Digital Revolution
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Dr. Cara A. Finnegan is Professor of Communication and Conrad Humanities Scholar at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where her research examines the role of photography in American public life. She is the author of Picturing Poverty: Print Culture and FSA Photographs (Smithsonian Press, 2003), Making Photography Matter: A Viewer’s History from the Civil War to the Great Depression (University of Illinois Press, 2015), numerous journal articles and book chapters, and co-editor of Visual Rhetoric: A Reader in Communication and American Culture (Sage, 2008).
A native of Saint Paul, Finnegan received her B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in 1992, her M.A. from the University of Maine, and her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. She joined the Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999, where she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in writing, public speaking, rhetorical criticism, rhetorical theory, American public address, and visual politics. In 2006, she was awarded the Campus Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award from the University of Illinois.
St. Thomas is honored to have Dr. Finnegan, a communication alum, back on campus to commemorate the conference’s 25th anniversary.