Liberal Arts & Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty

Thomas Cooper

Professor (1983)

B.A. Harvard University
M.A. University of Toronto
Ph.D. University of Toronto


Thomas Cooper

Thomas Cooper is the author or co-author of seven published books about media ethics and criticism including Media Fast/Fast Media, Television and Ethics: A Bibliography, Communications Ethics and Global Change, and An Ethics Trajectory. The co-publisher of Media Ethics, an independent academic and professional magazine (both on-line and in print), Cooper has written over a hundred articles and reviews.

From 1975-1980 at the University of Toronto, Cooper served as an assistant to Marshall McLuhan, the renowned communications theorist who originated the phrase "the medium is the message." Cooper co-produced some of the first audio-spacebridges (live satellite, two-way broadcasts) between the U.S., the Soviet Union, and other countries.

A playwright with a doctorate in drama and communication, Cooper also attended Canada's Royal Conservatory of Music, and his musical compositions have been performed in multiple locations. He has received numerous fellowships, awards, and grants, and is a speechwriter for the former CEO of Puma, Inc. Cooper was founding director of the Association for Responsible Communication, which was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. He has taught at Harvard University (his alma mater), the University of Hawaii, University of Maryland, Temple University, and at Emerson for three decades.

Contact

Office: Ansin 914

Phone: 8812

E-Mail: thomas_cooper@emerson.edu

Current Courses

Top: American Popular Culture (IN123)
Top: Americn Popular Culture (IN123)
Top: Civic Media in Action (IN123)
Top: Coming of Age (IN123)
Top: Communication Revolutions (IN123)
Top: Culture, Art & Soc Change (IN123)
Top: Ethics & Communication (IN123)
Top: Literature of Photography (IN123)
Top: Sci & Psych of Survival (IN123)
Top: Behind the Scenes: Media Makers and Media Making (IN123)
Top: Blood Rites - Explorations in Religion and Violence (IN123)
Top: Communication revolutions: Shaping your media future (IN123)
Media Criticism and Theory (VM200)
Sem Top: Media of Consumption (VM402)
Sem Top: Women in Film (VM402)
Sem: American Film of the 70's (VM402)
Sem: Film on the Margins (VM402)
Sem: Hitchcock (VM402)
Sem: Media Industry Studies (VM402)
Sem: Queer Film & Video (VM402)
Sem: Rock & Roll & Film & TV (VM402)
Sem: Sex on Screen (VM402)
Sem: Silent Hollywood (VM402)
Sem: Sound as Fine Art (VM402)
Sem: The Western in Film & TV (VM402)
Sem: Underst. the Whedonesque (VM402)
Sem in Media Arts Topics: Short Musical Film and Video (VM402)
Sem Top: Media Industry Studies (VM402)
Sem Top: Parody, Satire, and Irony: The Affect of Ambivalence and the Politics of Reference. (VM402)
Sem: Animation Histories: From Concept to Screen (VM402)
Sem: Animation Histories: From Concepts to Screen (VM402)
Sem: Film and Television in an Age of Anxiety (VM402)
Sem: Media Ethics and Cultural Diversity (VM402)
Sem: Media Ethics and Cultural Diversity (VM402)
Sem: Media of Consumption: From Totally Cool to Totally Wired (VM402)
Sem: Parody, Satire, and Irony: The Affect of Ambivalence and the Politics of Reference (VM402)
Sem: Popularity & Profits: TV Culture (VM402)
Sem: Queer TV After Ellen Came Out (VM402)
Sem: TV Creators: Understanding the Whedonesque (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: American Film of the 1970's (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Film and Television in the Age of Anxiety (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Media Industry Studies (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Romantic and Screwball Comedy (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Sports, Media and Spectacle (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: Television Genres (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: The Films and Television of David Lynch (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: The Films and TV of David Lynch (VM402)
Seminar in Media Arts Topics: The Romantic and Screwball Comedy (VM402)
Seminar in Visual and Media Arts Topics: Media of Consumption: From Totally Cool to Totally Wired (VM402)
Top: Live on the Sunset Strip: Media Production in Los Angeles (VM402)
Media Production Ethics and Cultural Diversity (VM602)
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