Ron Tulley, Ph.D., associate professor of English, will devote one year of study to the interdisciplinary exploration of a single topic, The Power of Portrayal — The Social Nature of (Re-)Presenting a “Self”: Role Playing, Social Networking and Identity Formation in the Digital Age.
Tulley is the 2012-13 Richard E. Wilkin Chair for the College of Liberal Arts.
Tulley’s kick-off event will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion Malcolm Dining Hall. Tulley will discuss his topic and preview events for the year.
According to Tulley, his theme is designed to create a discourse community at The University of Findlay that investigates, discusses and debates what it means to construct a self-image in the digital age.
“In constructing the self we present to others, we rely on many models of identity formation: work, family, friends, personal achievements, travel, hobbies, cathartic events, etc., and identity formation through digital media is a continuous process,” he said.