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Preventing Political Violence and Combating Ebola: A Locally-led, Dialogic Approach to Peacebuilding in W. Africa and Beyond
March 11 2015 at 6:00 PM
Manoogian Hall
Preventing Political Violence and Combating Ebola: A Locally-led, Dialogic Approach toPeacebuilding in West Africa and Beyond the WSU Department of Communication's2015 Bernard L. Brock Memorial Lecture with Dr. Stacey ConnaughtonPurdue University Against the backdrop of thousands of Ebola deaths in West Africa and fears of a potential worldwide epidemic, multiple actors mobilized against the further spread of the virus. Local Liberians were among some of the earliest actors to do so. In Nigeria and Ghana, local citizens also worked tirelessly in collaboration with other actors to prevent political violence related to land and chieftancy disputes. Dr. Connaughton describes the evolution of these locallydriven efforts facilitated by the Purdue Peace Project (PPP) at Purdue University, what she terms the PPP’s local leadership model of peacebuilding, and how that model is developed, designed, and pursued in collaboration with local West Africans. In so doing, she highlights the profound impact these local citizens have had on peacebuilding, political violence prevention, and public health in their communities. Free and Open to the Public Stacey L. Connaughton (Ph.D., University of Texas) is Associate Professor and Associate Head of the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University. She is also Director of the Purdue Peace Project, whose mission is to promote locally-driven and inclusive approaches to peacebuilding in fragile states to address clearly identified situations that threaten to lead to political violence. Her research examines leadership and identification in geographically distributed contexts, particularly those related to virtual teams/organizations, political parties, and peacebuilding. She is author of the book, Inviting Latinos: Party Messages and Latino Party Identification, which was published in 2005, and has authored articles in journals such as Small Group Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Yearbook, and Management Communication Quarterly. * * * * * * * * * * This annual lecture series is named in honor of Dr. Bernie Brock, professor of communication, gifted scholar, and noted author. Dr. Brock was a supportive and committed mentor and colleague, and a dedicated and inspiring teacher who taught at Wayne State University for 35 years and directed more than 30 doctoral dissertations.
Prospective students: Tour the Dept. of Communication
March 20 2015 at 1:00 PM
Manoogian Hall
WSU's Department of Communication is pleased to offer tours of its facilities to all students interested in pursuing degree programs in communication studies, film, media arts and studies, journalism, broadcast journalism or public relations. Please RSVP by clicking the "RSVP Now" button to the right. If this date does not work for you, please choose a better one from among all tour dates: Jan. 23 at 1pm Feb. 20 at 1pm Mar. 20 at 1pm April 17 at 1pm May 22 at 1pm During the tour, prospective WSU students will learn about the department’s progressive undergraduate programs and visit some of the classrooms, studios and labs where student/faculty collaborations take place. The tour runs for approximately 90 minutes. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress for outdoor weather. DEPARTURE POINT The tour begins in the main office of the Department of Communication. This office is located on the fifth floor of Manoogian Hall, 906 W. Warren, Detroit, MI 48201. The entrance to the office is directly across from the elevators. PARKING INFORMATION The closest parking structure to Manoogian Hall is Structure #2. The entrance to this structure is on the John C. Lodge Service Drive. This service drive is accessed from Warren Avenue and is located one block west of the intersection of Warren Avenue and Anthony Wayne Drive. View additional guest parking locations. High school students are encouraged to talk with their high school guidance counselor with regard to missing school for this university campus visit.  
Celebrating the Life of Dr. Jack Kay
March 27 2015 at 1:00 PM
Schaver Music Recital Hall
Wayne State University and the greater community are invited to celebrate the life of Dr. Jack Kay, twice a WSU alumnus, former associate provost, former interim CFPCA dean, former Dept. of Communication chairperson and communication professor. Dr. Kay died January 30, 2015. Learn more about him and his service to Wayne State.
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION

With approximately 750 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate students, the Department of Communication is diverse and dynamic, featuring programs in communication studies, media arts and studies, film, journalism, public relations and dispute resolution.

Our students experience the benefit of a world-class education in a real world context. The department is composed of 30 tenure and tenure track faculty and 35 part-time faculty with strong backgrounds in both scholarly and professional approaches to communication.

25 graduate assistantships are offered each year. Wayne State’s Graduate School is among the 10 largest in the country and, with more than 10,000 students, is the largest in Michigan.

Department of Communication
Wayne State University
585 Manoogian Hall
Detroit, MI 48201
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