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Tamara Afifi - The Role of Communication in Fostering Risk and Resilience in Families and Couples
the week-long seminar, I will facilitate discussions on topics that involve
communication patterns that foster
risk and/or resilience in families and romantic relationships. These
topics will include stress (including biological stress responses like
hormones and their connections to communication), social support and
affection, information regulation, family communication patterns, divorce,
and relationship maintenance strategies.
Carole Blair - Rhetoric/Space/Place: Theory and Criticism
This seminar will take up some of the rapidly expanding literature in Communication that addresses spatiality and places from a (mostly) rhetorical point of view, along with some theoretical sources on space/place from other fields. Among the issues we will address are: What is the "value-added" of studying space/place from a rhetorical or communicative point of view? Why consider space/place as anything more than a context for communication? What kinds of research trajectories and instructional values arise from studying space/place?
Barry Brummett - Taking the Rhetoric of Popular Culture Seriously
Any course with Popular Culture in the title runs the risk of not being taken seriously. The question will be raised, how can a serious academic course with worthwhile content be constructed from movies, TV, video games, hip hop, and so forth? This seminar argues that rigorous attention to critical methods will show students that the analysis of popular culture is serious business at the same that it is fun. This seminar offers ways to construct a worthwhile undergraduate course in the rhetoric of popular culture. We will focus on syllabus construction and devising exercises and assignments.
Stanley Deetz - The Contribution of a Communication Perspective to the Study of Organizations
Traditional organizational theory and research was largely grounded in
psychological, sociological or economic
discourses and focused
on control processes. Over the last 25 years a competing “communication
perspective” has developed in communication studies and other disciplines.
This perspective describes interaction processes as constitutive of organizations
and organizational life. The seminars will develop these conceptions and
detail the various consequences for organizations and how we teach and conduct
research regarding them. The discussions will be grounded in intensive looks
at existing organizations.
Yahya Kamalipour - Global Media and the Digital Age: Transformations in Teaching, Learning, Interacting, Informing, Communicating, and Collaborating
In today’s interconnected and interdependent global environment in which information flow is no longer unidirectional but multidirectional, rapid, and interactive, students have to be equipped with the necessary tools, knowledge, and skills in order to compete successfully with their counterparts around the world. As the recent crisis and popular uprisings in the Middle East (i.e., Egypt, Iran, Tunisia, Yemen, and Jordan) illustrated, the new communication technologies are empowering citizen’s aspirations for freedom, democracy, human rights, and prosperity. Hence, the autocratic rulers can no longer limit their citizens’ access to information or silence their voices. Equipped with smart phones and tablets, they are now able to Tweet, Text, chat, and transmit still and moving images throughout the world via the Internet (e.g., Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Myspace, and blogs).
We now live in a borderless village in which an array of digital technologies poses new challenges and opportunities for all governmental, non-governmental, and business sectors, including educational institutions. Moreover, the implications of the ongoing race between the traditional media and new media beg for innovative ideas and fresh approaches to learning, teaching, training, research, and collaboration. This seminar will explore these and other contemporary issues in a participatory and interactive manner.
Andrew Wolvin - Listening: A Multidimensional Perspective
is central to communication. This seminar is designed to explore dimensions
of listening behavior and cognition in human communication.
Seminar topics will include: listening as a complex communication process;
variables which impact listening; listener competencies; and listening
contexts. Seminar participants also will have opportunities to examine
and engage in applications of the principles to listening practice,
pedagogy, and research.