Fairfield University professor joins lecture series team


Dr. Michael Serazio

Dr. Michael Serazio, assistant professor of communication at Fairfield University, has been appointed deputy director of Open VISIONS Forum, Fairfield’s signature lecture series that annually features eminent opinion-makers, artists, authors, learned contributors to the humanities and sciences and civic and political commentators.

In this new role, Serazio will be assisting with main stage events of Fairfield University’s signature OVF lecture series, while also collaborating with faculty colleagues in facilitating effective special events. The successful pilot of last year’s forum, “Espresso,” allowed the series to expand into wider and deeper academic and community programs.

Serazio’s expertise will enable these smaller, more flexibly designed lectures to gain larger audiences and visibility while continuing OVF’s efforts to promote the ‘life of the mind’ for multi-generational audiences.

“Dr. Serazio’s exceptional arsenal of intellectual and creative talents will contribute to OVF’s platform serving our students, faculty, and a growing community audience of lifelong learners,” said Dr. Philip Eliasoph, founder, moderator and director of OVF and art history professor. “As the series grows in prestige, bringing leading international diplomats, opinion-makers, authors, artists, and humanitarians to campus, he is uniquely qualified to promote our expanding program.”

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to join the Open VISIONS Forum team,” Serazio said. “One of the most vital things a university can do is to keep the wider community engaged in the big social, cultural, and political questions of our time, and OVF has long performed that role skillfully by bringing scintillating speakers and eager audiences to our campus, and with Espresso, we hope to continue that tradition in dynamic ways.”

Serazio’s research, writing and teaching interests include popular culture, advertising, politics and new media. In his first book, Your Ad Here: The Cool Sell of Guerrilla Marketing, Serazio investigates the proliferation of brands into pop culture content, social patterns and digital platforms book amid a major transformation of the advertising and media industries, and establishes his role at the epicenter of a new breed of scholars deconstructing the stealth commercial measures of the 21st century.

Serazio received his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg School for Communication and holds a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of San Francisco and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

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