College of Fine Arts and Communication

COFAC Colloquium

The COFAC Colloquium provides faculty and professional staff an opportunity to share the results of their scholarship with their colleagues in the college. The Colloquium was created in response to the desire of faculty to engage in intellectual and interdisciplinary discourse across the college.

Sponsored by the Office of the Dean, faculty and staff in COFAC are invited to present, discuss and share their recent professional presentations, lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions and sabbatical experiences with their colleagues. The COFAC Colloquium serves to increase academic discourse across the college.


Colloquium 20

“Food Advertising, Race, and Health Issues”
Food advertising directed to African-American consumers has been criticized for perpetuating unhealthy diets that are high in fat, sugar, and salt, which, in turn, contributes to disproportionately high rates of obesity and related health problems among the African-American population. This presentation reports findings from a content analysis of magazine food advertisements from 2008 and 2011. The aim is to see if the historic trends of racial segmentation in magazine food advertising are continuing or showing a shift in direction in recent years when the health risk of obesity has gained attention and the prevalence of obesity among the population in general appears to be leveling off.

“Dancing for a Lifetime”

A collaboration between the Towson University Dance Department and Johns Hopkins to create innovative instructional models and constructs for the whole health of college dancers/emerging dance professionals. Unlike other dance programs that have a medical teams to support the health of the dancers, the purpose of this collaboration is to weave the medical team’s expertise into the essential fabric of the dance curriculum and enhance the “dancing for a lifetime” mission. The goal is to go beyond emergency support and move towards education and prevention of injury. This program can benefit all COFAC students and faculty, particularly those in performing arts and speech.

Programs from the last five colloquia are listed below.

College of Fine Arts and Communication
Center for the Arts, Room 3001 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-3288
Fax: 410-704-6026


• COFAC Faculty and Professional Staff are invited to submit proposals for the next COFAC Colloquium via the COFAC Intranet on SharePoint.






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