Penn State York hosting Pennsylvania Communication Association conference

October 09, 2015

YORK, Pa. — Penn State York is hosting the pre-conference and 74th annual conference for the Pennsylvania Communication Association from Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 8-10, at the campus.

“The pre-conference is typically focused on exploring an issue within the philosophy of communication,” said Deborah Eicher-Catt, professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State York and one of the pre-conference organizers. “This year’s focus is on Gregory Bateson’s work on the ecology of mind. Bateson is a well-known communication theorist, cyberneticist, biologist, and system theorist. We are delighted to have two outstanding keynote speakers at the pre-conference:  Dr. Vincent Colapietro, department of philosophy, The Pennsylvania State University; and Dr. Klaus Krippendorff, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Pennsylvania.”

More than 100 participants from 33 schools are taking part in the main conference, which includes 24 panel sessions, a short course, a new graduate fair, and poster session.  One panel discussion features students in the communication arts and sciences (CAS) program at Penn State York and a graduate of the program.  

Anne Fitzpatrick will give the keynote address titled “Translating our Communication Research and Theory into Practice: A View from the (Administrative) Dark Side.”  Fitzpatrick is an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor of Psychology, the associate vice president and vice provost for special academic initiatives, and dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of South Carolina.

“The Penn State York community is excited to host this year’s conference, and we are enthusiastic to have over 100 participants from across the state join us in York, Pennsylvania,” said Joe Downing, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State York and vice president of the Pennsylvania Communication Association (PCA). “The Interest Council chairs have accepted papers, panels, and posters that truly represent the diversity of our discipline.”  

Other organizers of the conference events include Isaac Catt, part-time instructor in communication arts and sciences at Penn State York and a faculty member at Duquesne University, and Kristina King, a CAS student at Penn State York.

Registration for the conference is from 1-8 p.m. in the Penn State York conference center. The program continues on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. Following the conference, a banquet and awards program will take place.

Last Updated October 09, 2015