ROCKPORT — Maine Media Workshops + College is scheduled to host “Convening: a Critical Dialogue on the History and Future of Media Arts,” from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30.

The virtual symposium will be hosted by Séan Alonzo Harris, a photographer and Maine Media Workshops + College board member, and will feature a panel of artists, image makers and scholars, including Charles Daniel Dawson, Lola Flash, Wendy Red Star, Miriam Romais, Hồng-Ân Trương and Deborah Willis. Visit for full biographies on featured panelists and to reserve a space.

“It is truly a privilege to welcome such an accomplished and dynamic group of experts for Convening,” said Harris, symposium host and celebrated photographer, according to a news release from the not-for-profit degree granting institution. “The combined perspective, intellectual and creative energy from this group of professionals will illuminate a wide range of interdisciplinary topics including visioning the future, reimagining history, cultural vision, complex storytelling, lineage and (in)visibility.”

Hosted in concert with Maine Media Workshop + College’s Alumni Lecture Series and Convening, confirmed lecture dates include: Oct. 13 at 1 p.m.: Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, associate curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Nov. 17 at 1 p.m: Lola Flash.

Hosted by scholar Charles Daniel Dawson, the four lectures following Convening will be featured in conjunction with the Alumni Lecture Series.

“Convening introduces important, but often unacknowledged voices in the history of photography,” said Michael Mansfield, president of Maine Media Workshops + College. “Exploring these themes through a critical lens remains central to our mission, as we further our commitment to fostering a diverse community that values creativity, respects culture, and deepens human understanding in the world.”

Convening and the ensuing lecture series will be hosted virtually, free and open to the public. Space will be limited. For more information or to reserve a space, register at

The symposium and related lectures are supported by contributions from Karen and Nils Tcheyan and the Baobab Fund, with additional support from the Random Good Foundation, established by Randall Gebhardt and Christopher Gebhardt.

A full schedule of events and more information can be found by visiting Those who have questions about these events can contact Raffi DerSimonian at [email protected] or 207-756-0916.