Traveling Exhibit: There’s Just Us

Alec R. Hosterman, Ph.D.

July 18 – December 30, 2022


August 11 and 12, 2022, marks the five-year anniversary of the Unite the Right rally that shook the quiet, central Virginia city of Charlottesville. The Virginia Holocaust Museum is honored and privileged to exhibit There’s Just Us, a photo series by Alec R. Hosterman who was there to document the protests over that weekend.

There’s Just Us represents the struggle Hosterman saw when communities fight hate and bigotry; of the collective voices that were brave enough to stand up against all odds. It aims to remind us that we are never alone in the struggle for diversity and inclusion. Together, we can remember those voices who were silenced all too soon and make this world a better place to live.

About the Artist


                           Alec R. Hosterman, Ph.D.


Alec R. Hosterman is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. He teaches courses in public relations, digital and social media technologies, lying and deception, and communication research. In addition, he coordinates and runs the Longwood Academy for Event and Meeting Planning (LAMP), a certificate granting workshop for aspiring and established event planners. Hosterman regularly consults with local profit and nonprofit organizations.

Before coming to Longwood in 2014, Hosterman spent 13 years teaching at Indiana University South Bend in South Bend, Indiana as Senior Lecturer and chair of the Communication Studies department. Prior to teaching, Hosterman worked in the public relations department of Playing Mantis, Inc. in South Bend, Indiana. Playing Mantis was a national toy collectibles manufacturer that specialized in producing die-cast cars, model kits, action figures, and memorabilia. He maintained the company’s websites, wrote and created promotional materials for the sales staff, and maintained the digital photography collection.

When not on in the classroom or working with student interns, you will find Hosterman engaged in his other favorite obsession: photography. With over 25 years of experience behind the lens, he enjoys both digital and analogue photography. He has exhibited his work at the Longwood Center for the Visual Arts, Richmond Holocaust Museum, and Three Roads Brewery. 

Hosterman holds a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, an M.A. in Speech Communication from Ball State University, and a B.A. in Communication from Aquinas College.