Live Webcast of ICA 2011 Opening Plenary – May 26 at 6pm EDT
Watch the live webcast of the ICA 2011 Opening Plenary session today from 6pm EDT!
“Communication as the Discipline of the 21st Century”
Larry Gross, U of Southern California, USA
Craig Calhoun, SSRC/ New York U, USA
Susan J. Douglas, U of Michigan, USA Sonia Livingstone, London School of Economics, UNITED KINGDOM John Durham Peters, U of Iowa, USA Joseph N. Cappella, U of Pennsylvania, USA Georgette Wang, National Chengchi U, TAIWAN
The 20th century witnessed the immense impact of communication technologies, from the spread of sound recording, motion pictures and radio as world-wide phenomena to the emergence of television as a dominant influence in nearly every institution, to the explosion of the Internet at the turn of the new century. If it once was possible, as many in the academy did and some still do, to view communication studies as peripheral to the central mission and focus of the academic universe, that is no longer a defensible position. Today, any credible model of the liberal arts must recognize the centrality of communication for any responsible educational program. In this plenary session, Craig Calhoun will address the contributions that communication scholarship can make to our understanding of the world today. Five distinguished communication scholars will then comment in response.
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