Penn State to make strong presence at national communications conference

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A group of 17 Penn Staters -- three faculty members, four graduate students and 10 alumni, all from the College of Communications -- will be presenting their work at a national communications conference in early November.

The Union for Democratic Communications (UDC) Conference will be conducted Nov. 1 to 3 in San Francisco and be hosted by the University of San Francisco’s Department of Media Studies. UDC is an organization of academics, activists, journalists, media producers, policy analysts and researchers who aim to incite the development of democratic communication.

The College of Communications faculty members who will be present are: Jo Dumas, senior lecturer of media studies; Kevin Hagopian, senior lecturer of media studies; and Michelle Rodino-Colocino, professor of media studies.

The alumni attending are Kalen Churcher, assistant professor at Niagara University; Thomas Corrigan, lecturer at California State University, San Bernardino; Kathleen Kuehn, lecturer at the University of Wellington; Chenjerai Kumanyika, assistant professor at Clemson University; Ryan Lizardi, assistant professor at SUNY Institute of Technology; Zack Furness, assistant professor at Penn State Greater Allegheny; Jennifer Proffitt, associate professor at Florida State University; Christine Quail, associate professor at McMaster University; Vanessa Sequeira, a recent media studies master’s graduate; and Doug Tewksbury, assistant professor at Niagara University.

Completing Penn State’s presence are four graduate students: Stephanie Berberick, Aaron Heresco, Jeffrey Masko and Cristina Mislan; all of whom are pursuing their doctoral degrees.

Penn Staters will be facilitating panels with titles that range from “Incorporating Transnational Democracy into Curriculum with Theatre, Dance and Spoken Word: Lessons from South Africa” and “Campus Consciousness: Radical Student Activism and the War of Position Part II” to “Framing the Right to the City: Media Representations of Bicycling and Why They Matter.”

In partnership with Project Censored, the conference will focus in part on the need for media justice and the eradication of censorship, exclusion and propaganda. Project Censored is a program that advocates for free press rights using underreported, misrepresented or censored major national news stories as case studies to train students in media research.

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Last Updated October 31, 2013