Communication and Social Change in the Americas

The School of Communication Studies is proud to present a one-and-a-half day symposium, “Communication and Social Change in the Americas,” to be held in the Baker University Center on Tuesday, September 15 and Wednesday, September.  Other sponsors include the School of Media Arts & Studies, Communication & Development Studies, Latin American Studies, and the Tropical Disease Institute.CSCA Symposium Program
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Keynote Speaker: Rafaél Antonio Obregón Galvéz

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Rafael Obregon is Chief of the Communication for Development Section, Programme Division, United Nations Children’s Fund, New York and adjunct faculty members in the Department of Social Communication at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia. Prior to joining UNICEF he was an Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts & Studies, and Director of the Communication and Development Studies Program, Center for International Studies, at Ohio University.  He also has served as a Regional Communication Advisor for Maternal and Child Health, Pan American/World Health Organization.  He holds a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from Penn State University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Ohio University, and a B.A. in Social Communication and Journalism from the Universidad Autonoma in Colombia.

Invited Guest: Jessica González Herrera

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Jessica González Herrera is from Barranquilla, Colombia. She received her Master’s in Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University. She was also a Graduate Assistant at the Tropical Disease Institute, specifically doing research related to the Healthy Living Initiative, project aiming to construct a Chagas disease prevention model which addresses the interrelated social, economic and political factors driving this disease. Jessica is co-founder of elParlante (Barcelona, Spain), a non-profit organization formed mostly by Communication professionals who work on the design, implementation and evaluation of Communication and Education strategies as a means to encourage young people and disadvantaged populations to take ownership of their own social transformations. Her undergraduate degree is in Political Science and Public Administration from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, where she was also enrolled in a postgraduate program on African Societies and Development. Jessica’s current research interests include non-formal and formal education in relation to youth, participatory video, and community-based projects.

Invited Guest: Adriana Angel

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Adriana Angel holds a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Ohio University and is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Communication at the Universidad de Manizales (Colombia). Her main research interests include rhetoric and communication for social change, with a specific emphasis on the way social groups and organizations can promote and implement processes of social change through language, rhetoric, and discourse. She has a particular interest in introducing Latin American scholarship and philosophies to the communication discipline and exploring the intersections of Latin American and North American philosophies of communication.  She has presented her scholarship worldwide and published in journals from North America, Latin America, and Europe.

Invited Guest: Andrés Calle

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Andrés Calle is a professor in the School of Communication at the Universidad de Manizales (Colombia). His graduate studies are in philosophy of language at the Universidad de Caldas (Colombia). His thesis is about the study of the relationship between mind, cultural products, and language. He has studied topics as communication processes among young people in situations of conflict, the history of reading, and the pragmatics of power. He has published three books and several articles in Latin American journals. He teaches courses such as Communication and Culture, Semiotics, Communication Ethics, and Aesthetics and Language Studies. He received his undergraduate degree in Communication at the Universidad Javeriana, in Bogota. He is currently dedicated to studying the possibilities of post-conflict, social change, and building a democracy at peace in Colombia.

Invited Guest: Luis González-López

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Luis González-López is the Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Humanities at Universidad de Manizales (Colombia). His undergraduate degree is in psychology. His graduate studies are in communication from Ohio University and in administration from Universidad de Santiago (Chile). He has devoted almost 30 years to research in the fields of psychology and communication. As a result of his academic work, he has published 14 books and several articles in academic journals.

Special Guest: Lorna Jean Edmonds

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Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds is the Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies at Ohio University. She also serves as a Professor of Health Sciences and Professions. She has previously served as the University of Toronto’s Assistant Vice President, International Relations; Executive Advisor, Research, University of Ottawa; Executive Director, International Research and Advancement, Western University; and Director, Research Services and the Director, International Center for the Advancement of Community Based Rehabilitation, Queen’s University.  She received her Ph.D. at the University of East Anglia, UK; her M.H.A. at the University of Ottawa, Canada; and her B.A. (Sciences) at Queen’s University, Canada.

Symposium Schedule

Tuesday, September 15, 8:30-8:45
Coffee, Baker University Center Theater Lounge

Tuesday, September 15, 8:45-9:00
Welcome, Dr. Michael L. Butterworth, Director, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University, Baker University Center Theater

Tuesday, September 15, 9:00-10:00, Contextualizing Communication in the Americas, Baker University Center Theater
“Ethics in Communication for Change,” Amy E. Chadwick, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University
“Communication for Social Change and Participatory Video, Jessica González Herrera, elParlante, Barcelona, Spain and Tropical Disease Institute, Ohio University
“Narrating Birth and Place: Spatial Discourses of Cesarean Birth in São Paolo, Brazil,” Risa Whitson, Department of Geography, Ohio University
Chair:  Dr. Yea-Wen Chen, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University

Tuesday, September 15, 10:00-10:15
Break

Tuesday, September 15, 10:15-11:15, Social Change and Globalization in the Americas, Baker University Center Theater
“Communication, Globalization, and Social Change,” Lorna Jean Edmonds, Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies, Ohio University
“Encounter between Humanistic Theories and the Latin American School of Communication,” Luis González López, Dean, College of Social Sciences, Universidad de Manizales
Chair: Rebekah Crawford, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University

Tuesday, September 15, 11:15-1:00, Baker University Center Theater Lounge
Lunch will begin at 11:30-11:45

Tuesday, September 15, 1:00-2:00, Educational Challenges in Communication across the Americas, Baker University Center Theater
 “Academic Production on Communication, Development, and Social Change in Scientific Journals in Latin America,” Adriana Angel and Alejandro Barranquero, Universidad de Manizales and Universidad Carlos Madrid III
“Resisting Corporate Colonization through Student-Community Engagement: Reflections on Teaching Practices that Promote Meaningful Student Engagement with their Communities,” Laura Black, Sonia Ivancic, and Kristen Okamoto, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University
Chair: Melissa Weller, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University

Tuesday, September 15, 2:00-2:15
Break

Tuesday, September 15, 2:15-3:45, Connecting with Audiences to Foster Social Change in the Americas, Baker University Center Theater Lounge
“Symbolic Struggle for Social Space: A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Twitter Response to the 2014 Iguala Mass Disappearance,” Riley Hunter, Communication and Development Program, Ohio University
“Poeticizing Realit(ies): Reflections from Community Media Experiences in Medellin, Colombia,” Camilo Perez, School of Media Arts & Studies, Ohio University
“Dialogical Research in Neglected Tropical Diseases: The Case of the Healthy Living Initiative,” Claudia Patricia Nieto Sanchez, Tropical Disease Institute, Ohio University
“Engaging Ecuadorian Rural Youth in Participatory Evaluation: An Approach to Community Action,” Belén Marco, Communication and Development Program, Ohio University
Chair: Tom Costello, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University

Tuesday, September 15, 3:45-4:00
Break

Tuesday, September 15, Keynote Address, Baker University Center Theater, 4:00-5:00
Keynote Address: Rafaél Antonio Obregón Galvéz, Universidad del Norte and UNICEF
Introduction: Dr. Lawrence Wood, School of Media Arts & Studies and Director, Communication & Development Studies

Tuesday, September 15, Keynote Reception, Baker University Theater Lounge, 5:00-5:30
Keynote speaker reception

Wednesday, September 16, Baker University Center 240/242, 8:30-8:45
Coffee

Wednesday, September 16, Legacies of Violence and Social Change in the Americas, Baker University Center 240/242, 8:45-9:45
Fucú americanus, Then and Now: Communication, Violence, and Social Change in the Americas,” Judith Yaross Lee, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University
“Linguistic Skills, Pragmatics, and Sign Systems of the Actors of the Colombian Armed Conflict,” Andrés Calle, Universidad de Manizales
Chair: Katy Ross, School of Communication Studies, Ohio University

Wednesday, September 16, COMS Colloquium Series, Baker University Center 240/242, 10:00-11:00
Dr. Steven Depoe, University of Cincinnati: “The IECA, Laudato Si, and Me: Toward the Professionalization of Environmental Communication”

Wednesday, September 16, Baker University Center 240/242, 11:00-11:30
Reception for Dr. Depoe

Wednesday, September 16, Lunch, Baker University Center 240/242, 12:00-1:30
Lunch for symposium guests/closing remarks

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