Communication Scholars Week To Feature Series Of Lectures

Jan. 28, 2005

by Julie Campbell Carlson

Baylor University's department of communication studies will host a series of public lectures during Communication Studies Scholar's Week from Monday, Jan. 31, to Friday, Feb. 4. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. each day in room 101 in the Castellaw Communications Building.

"We want this week to be a great experience of sharing communication-related scholarship and research as we further develop the collegial community of professors and students within our department," said Dr. Mark Morman, assistant professor of communication studies. "Anyone interested in issues of relationship, emotion, media, and political and religious discourse will find appealing topics being presented and discussed within an open environment."

Dr. Kathy Miller, professor of communication studies at Texas A&M University, will lead off the week's events with her talk on "Emotional Labor in the Workplace: Understanding and Enacting Compassionate Communication." Miller, who specializes in organizational communication and health communication, is the author of Organizational Communication and Change: Challenges in the Next Century, Case Studies in Organizational Communication 2: Perspectives on Contemporary Work Life, and Communication and Disenfranchisement: Social Health Issues and Implications and is former editor of Management Communication Quarterly.

Tuesday's lecture will feature one of the pioneers of broadcast journalism and production. Dr. Herbert Zettl, emeritus professor of broadcast arts at San Francisco State University, has worked in communication for 49 years with research covering subjects that range from production aesthetics and criticism, to TV/video, theory, media aesthetics, experimental video production, and interactive media. The Emmy Award-winning director and producer is the author of Television Production Handbook and Video Basics.

Zettl will discuss "Meddling with Your Mind with Nonverbal Persuasion: A Brief Tour Through Media Aesthetics" on Tuesday. He also will speak Thursday during "A Conversation with Herbert Zettl: Understanding Sight Sound Motion in the Digital Age," which will feature an extensive question/answer session.

Dr. Kory Floyd, associate professor at the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication at Arizona State University and an expert in interpersonal communication, will lecture Wednesday on "All You Need is Love: Exploring the Communication and Biology of Affection." He is the author of Communicating Affection: Interpersonal Behavior and Social Context, The Biology of Human Communication: Issues and Applications and Without Words: Nonverbal Communication in Close Relationships.

The week will close with a lecture by Baylor's own Martin Medhurst, who will lecture on "Public Moral Argument in the Debate over Same-Sex Marriage: A Sophistic Approach." Medhurst, Distinguished Professor of Communication and a renowned authority on presidential rhetoric, served as editor of Beyond the Rhetorical Presidency and Landmark Essays on American Public Address. He also founded Rhetoric and Public Affairs quarterly, which was named Best New Journal in 1998.

For more information on the lectures, contact Morman at 710-1621.

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