Elizabeth (Betsy) Brunner is currently completing the PhD program
at the University of Utah. She received her MA in Communication in 2011 and
focused on gender, media, and visual rhetoric. Her CU Denver MA special writing
project was published in the most recent issue of Visual Culture and Gender.
Betsy uses her knowledge and skills of visual and critical
rhetoric to conduct her dissertation research entitled "Images in Action:
Social Change in China," which examines how images are used to circumvent
censorship, organize protests, and communicate with a global audience. Betsy
was awarded the Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the summer
of 2013 as well as the 2013-2014 school year.
Along with her advisor, Dr. Kevin DeLuca, she was also awarded a
Waterhouse Family Institute (WFI) grant for $10,000 to conduct research in
China in the summer of 2014 and the Sustainable Campus Initiative Fund grant
from the University of Utah for $8,000 to bring Chinese artists to the campus
to discuss sustainability issues.
Betsy's most memorable and transformative CU Denver Communication
experience was her participation in the Narratives of the New China travel
study program. This class altered the direction of her research to focus on
China. Throughout it all, Betsy says she greatly appreciated the openness and
generosity of the COMM professors at CU Denver.