Communication - 2008 News Archive

November 2008

Professor William Keith's book, Democracy as Discussion: The American Forum Movement and Civic Education (Rowman & Littlefield/Lexington Books, 2007) has won three awards:

  • Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association
  • Daniel Rohrer American Forensic Association Research Award
  • National Communications Association Ethics Division Top Book Award

All of these are important recognition of Keith's work, but the Diamond Anniversary Book Award is particularly notable because it is given only when there is a book deemed worthy of it according to these criteria: dedication to excellence in the conception and method guiding the analysis; the presentation of findings which generate new insights and understandings regarding communication; and explicit sensitivity to the potential uses and value of the analysis for others in areas such as research, teaching, and application.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered an invited talk and served as rapporteur for the invitation-only meeting of experts called by the Council of Europe to discuss Anti-Terrorism Legislation in Europe since 2001 and Its Impact on Freedom of Expression and Information, Nov. 17-18, 2008, Amsterdam. The "General Report" produced by the rapporteur is part of the formal process of input into Council of Europe decision-making and is published by the Council of Europe (Strassbourg, France, 2008).

UW-Milwaukee's Provost Rita Cheng appointed Professor Jack Johnson to serve as the Chair of School of Freshwater Sciences Planning Council. Jack will oversee the development of the proposed school, including the creation of its' initial governance policies and procedures, budgetary structures, personnel selection and curriculum development.

UW-Milwaukee's Provost Rita Cheng appointed Professor Sandra Braman to serve on the UWM Task Force on Internationalization, which has the mission of increasing UWM faculty international activities to the level appropriate for the research mission of the university.

Assistant Professor Leslie J. Harris is serving as the Secretary for the Rhetorical and Communication Theory Division of the National Communication Association during 2008-2009.

Professor Sandra Braman published Theorizing the Impact of IT on Library-State Relations in Gloria Leckie & John Buschman (Eds.), Information Technology in Librarianship: Critical Approaches, pp. 105-126 (Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2008).

Professor Mike Allen, Professor Nancy Burrell, and John Bourhis of Missouri State University published "Coping with the Needs of Presentation," in G. Rickheit and H. Strohner (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Competence, pp. 343-358 (Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter Press, 2008).

Renee Hobbs, Katie Donnelly, and Professor Sandra Braman published Teaching about Copyright and Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (Philadelpha, PA: Temple University Media Education Lab, 2008), a project supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation.

Professor Jack Johnson delivered a presentation to the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) in October, 2008, on "Effective Communication for Medical Personnel."

Professor Sandra Braman delivered invited lectures to the Technical University of Eindhoven and VU Universiteit of Amsterdam, both in The Netherlands, in November, 2008.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Susan Szmania received two grants during November, 2008: the Gary Gumpert Urban Communication Research Grant for 2008 in the amount of $1,000 to support her research on Iraqi immigrants living in Södertälje, Sweden; and a grant from the US Department of State to support attendance at the European Communication Research Conference (ECREA) in Barcelona, Spain.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered the paper, "Postmodern Law and the Transformation of Law-State-Society Relations," to the European Communication Research Association (ECREA) conference in Barcelona, Spain, November, 2008.

The UWM Department of Communication was a strong presence at the 2008 National Communication Association (NCA) Conference in San Diego in November.

Awards

Professor Renee Meyers won the 2008 Dennis S. Gouran Outstanding Article Award from the Small Group Communication Division, for a 2007 article co-authored with David R. Seibold (University of California, Santa Barbara), "Group Argument: A Structuration Perspective and Research Program," Small Group Research, 38, 312-336.

MA student Katie Drewes received the Lambda Eta Pi award for the top undergraduate research paper for a paper co-authored with Rachel Anderson and Sean Volk students at Concordia: "A Comparative Study of Relationships in the Contexts of Conflict and Embarassment."

Jean Ostrom-Blonigen, Professor Mike Allen, Sheri L. Erickson, and Susan E. Bornsen, won the Top Paper Award in Training and Development for the paper, "Acknowledging the Paucity of Leadership Training Assessment across the Disciplines."

Professor William Keith's book, Democracy as Discussion, won the Diamond Anniversary Book Award.

Papers

Assistant Professor Kathryn L. Fonner presented a paper co-authored with Associate Professor Erik Timmerman - "Organizational Newc(ust)omers: Applying Organizational Newcomer Assimilation Concepts to Customer Information Seeking and Service Outcomes."

Assistant Professor Leslie J. Harris delivered two papers: "Listening to History Speak: Interpreting Family and State from the Nineteenth Century to the Contemporary Gay Marriage Debate" and "Sentimental Rhetoric, Gender, and Law: Making Law into Public Spectacle in 1860s Divorce Trials."

Leah E. LaFebvre (MA, 2007) presented the paper, "Negotiating Environmental Planning at Universities and Colleges."

Mirit Devorah Shoham, David R. Seibold, and Professor Renee Meyers presented the paper, "Sources and Goals of Social Influence in Organizations."

Robin L. Scholz (MA, 2007), presented the paper, "From Unconventional to Conventional through Rhetoric: A Case Study of LGBT Mormons' Homosexual and Religious Identity Formation and Negotiation."

PhD student Lindsey Harness presented the paper, "Exploring the Social Identity of Homeless Youth: An Uncommon Blend of Social Identity and Co-Cultural Theory.

MA student Joshua Pederson, Professor Mike Allen, and Hank T. Tkachuk presented the paper, "How Perceived Frequency and Importance Affect Communication Apprehension: A Cross Cultural Analysis."

Professor Nancy A. Burrell, Christine Hill (MA, 2007), and Professor Mike Allen presented the paper, "A Meta-Analysis of Demand/Withdraw Communication in Marriage."

Other Contributions

MA student Joshua Pederson served on the panel, "Communication Centers: An Unconventional Pedagogy?"

Professor Mike Allen served on the panel, "Getting Published in NCA Journals and Annuals," and presented the paper, "Knowledge Integration: The Process of Combining Methodological Claims."

Professor Edward A. Mabry served as chair for the panel, "Scholar to Scholar Session IV."

October 2008

Associate Professor Lindsay Timmerman received the UWM Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award on October 13, 2008.

MA student Xuan Zhao presented the paper, "Employees' Organization-Based Self-Esteem and Media Preferences for Informal Communication," to the 2008 Invitational Masters Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, October 17-19, 2008.

Professor Kathryn Olson served as local host of a workshop for the Milwaukee Urban Debate League at UWM, October 18, 2008.

Professor Sandra Braman organized an international conference and a research workshop on Anti-Terrorism Laws and Freedom of Expression: Comparative and Transnational Approaches, Bergen, Norway, on October 8-9, with sponsorship from the University of Bergen and the Freedom of Expression Foundation (Norwegian).

Professor William Keith presented a guest lecture, "Deliberative Democracy: Historical and Contemporary Aspects," at the University of Lille, France, Oct. 13, 2008.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Rob Ricigliano received the Dick Ringler Distinguished Peace Educator Award from the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies at their annual Fall conference, October 17, 2008.

K. Ferrante, Professor Kathryn M. Olson, T. Castor, M. Hoeft, Professor Jack R. Johnson, and Professor Renee A. Meyers published "Students' Metaphors as Descriptors of Effective and Ineffective Learning Experiences," Practice and Evidence of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 3, 103-128, during October of 2008.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Rob Ricigliano presented an invited paper, "Planning for Systemic Impact," to the conference on Systemic Conflict Transformation organized by the Berghof Foundation in Berlin, September 26-28, 2008.

Following up on her keynote address at the international Web 1.0 conference in 2006, Professor Sandra Braman joined Steve Jones and Mary Case of the University of Illinois-Chicago in launch of the podcast series Web 2.0, published on Oct. 13, 2008, by First Monday on its website (www.firstmonday.org).

Professor William Keith and John Gastil delivered a workshop on "Teaching the College Course on Deliberation" for a meeting of the National Coalition on Dialogue and Deliberation, Austin TX.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered guest lectures at the University of Twente and the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands during October, 2008.

Professor Kathrnyn Olson was interviewed and took listener calls regarding the third presidential debate between McCain and Obama on "Ideas Network" of Wisconsin Public Radio, October 16, 2008, http://wpr.org/ideas/programnotes.cfm (Segment 10-16B).

Professor Renee A. Meyers and K. Lazarides presented a workshop to University of Wisconsin System faculty, "Exploring Student Perceptions of Integrative Learning," Madison, WI, October, 2008.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Rob Ricigliano organized an invitation-only Expert Meeting on Systems Thinking and Peacebuilding on October 22-24, 2008, with support from the Collins Foundation.

Lecturer Evelyn Ang presented a workshop on "Active Communication" for the Beloit Public Library staff, October 10, 2008.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered an invited talk, "Media Law Globalization, Television, and the Public Sphere," to the conference on Digitization, Television, and the Public Sphere, in Paris, France, October 22-24, 2008.

Professor William Keith and Paula Cossart presented the paper, "The Search for 'Real' Democracy: Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation in France and the US, 1870-1940" to the Conference on Rhetorical Citizenship, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 9-10, 2008.

Professor Renee A. Meyers, J. A. Atherton, P. Hadfield, and T. Ciccone, T. presented a workshop on "Exploring Threshold Concepts and Troublesome Knowledge" at the International Society of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Edmonton, Canada, October, 2008.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Susan Szmania, PhD student Addie Johnson, and PhD student Margaret Mulligan published "Alternative Dispute Resolution in Medical Malpractice: A Survey of Emerging Trends and Practices," Conflict Resolution Quarterly, 26(1), 71-96, during October, 2008.

September 2008

Assistant Professor Kathryn Fonner delivered a guest lecture, "The Influence of Social Presence on Teleworkers' Organizational Identification," at the University of Wisconsin- Madison.

Professor Sandra Braman received a grant of $273,378 from the National Science Foundation to support the three-year research project, "Internet RFCs as Social Policy: Network Design from a Regulatory Perspective."

Professor Renee Meyers and Professor Jack Johnson published "Facilitating the Design of a Campus Leadership Team," Communication Education, 57, 2008, 472-481.

Professor Kathryn Olson served as an NCA Research Board webinar panelist on the topic, "Do Debates Matter Now?" on September 23, 2008; available online at http://tinyurl.com/4hey23.

Professor Sandra Braman published "Case Study: Hassan Elahi's Live Tracking," Frakcija (Performing Arts Journal), 43/44, 58-69. (A Croatian journal distributed internationally by the Documenta Biennale.)

Professor Kathryn Olson opened the panel "Representing the Republic in the 2008 Election" with her talk, "Performance and Presence in the First McCain-Obama Presidential Debate," at the 11th biennial Public Address Conference, Madison, WI, September 27, 2008.

A. A. Ciccone, Professor Renee Meyers, and S. Waldmann published "What's So Funny? Moving Students toward Complex Thinking in a Course on Comedy and Laughter," Arts & Humanities in Higher Education, 7, 2008, 308-322.

Professor Kathryn Olson was cited in two articles by Alexandra Marks in The Christian Science Monitor on the McCain-Obama debates, "McCain-Obama Debate: A Game-changing Face-off?" September 26, 2008, http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/09/26/mccain-obama-debate-a-game-changing-face-off/; and "The McCain-Obama Debate: A Clash of Two Visions," on September 27, 2008, http://features.csmonitor.com/politics/2008/09/27/in-mccain-obama-debate-a-clash-of-two-visions/

Professor Renee Meyers delivered a presentation to the Medical College of Wisconsin (Milwaukee) in September, 2008, on "Workplace Conflict: How Can It Be Effectively Managed?"

Adjunct Assistant Professor Susan Szmania received an inaugural research development grant for $1,000 from the Organization for Research on Women and Communication (ORWAC) to investigate support networks among Iraqi immigrant women living in Sweden.

An interview with Professor Kathryn Olson on the controversy over Obama's "lipstick on a pig" comment during the 2008 presidential election campaign, conducted by Bob Bach, was aired on Morning Edition, WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio, on September 19, 2008; available online at http://www.wuwm.com/programs/news/view_news.php?articleid=3589.

Summer 2008

Associate Professor Lindsay M. Timmerman, Professor Mike Allen, J. Jorgensen (MA 2004), J. Herrett-Skjellum (MA 1993), M. R. Kramer (MA 1999), and former Assistant Professor D. J. Ryan published "A Review and Meta-analysis Examining the Relationship of Music Content with Sex, Race, Priming, and Attitudes," Communication Quarterly, 56(3), 2008, 303-324.

Professor Sandra Braman published "International Treaties and Art," International Journal of Cultural Policy, 14(3), 315-333.

Professor Renee Meyers delivered an invited lecture, "Analyzing Group Interaction," at the University of Braunschweig, in Braunschweig, Germany, in July, 2008.

Professor William Keith attended the invitation-only Deliberative Democracy Exchange (2008 DEX) convened by the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, June 30-July 2, 2008. The meeting was an opportunity for the Kettering Foundation to further its mission by learning about faculty and student relationships with communities and with the broader deliberative democracy movement.

Professor Sandra Braman's essay, "Policy Research in an Evidence-Averse Environment," originally published in the International Journal of Communication, has been republished as one of the first articles in a new online essay forum published by the Social Science Research Council (Washington, DC), Making Communications Research Matter (http://www.ssrc.org/essays/mcrm/).

P. Kang, Professor Renee Meyers, and D. R. Seibold co-authored the paper, "Examining argument in naturally occurring jury deliberations," presented to the Third Annual Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for Group Research (INGRoup), Kansas City, Kansas, July, 2008.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered the keynote lecture to the 7th Annual New York State Higher Education CIO Conference, "Charting the Course of Innovation: Collaboration, Communication, Information," in Rochester, New York, July 24, 2008.

Professor Renee Meyers presented a workshop, "Advancing research in teaching and learning," to the faculty at UW-Stevens Point, Stevens Point, WI, in May, 2008.

Valerie Barker, Howard Giles, Christopher Hajek, Hiroshi Ota, Kimberly Noels, Professor Tae-Seop Lim, and LilnaBeth Somera published the article, "Police-Civilian Interaction, Compliance, Accommodation, and Trust in an Intergroup Context: International Data," Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, 1(2), 93-112.

Professor Renee Meyers, S. A. Kauffeld, & K. Lazrides co-authored the paper, "The role of interruptions in team decision-making interactions," presented to the XXIX International Congress of Psychology, Berlin, Germany, July, 2008.

Professor Sandra Braman has been invited to join the editorial board of the leading journal in information science, the Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology.

J. Atherton, Professor Renee Meyers, & P. Hadfield co-authored the paper, "Threshold concepts in the wild," presented to the Second International Conference on Threshold Concepts, Kingston, Ontario.

Professor Sandra Braman was quoted on the impact of Hillary Clinton on women in politics in the United States in a story in the Bergens Tidene newspaper on May 12, 2008.

Professor Renee Meyers presented a workshop, "Gathering SoTL evidence: Methods for systematic inquiry into student learning," to the UW-System Faculty College, Richland, WI, June, 2008.

Associate Professor Lindsay Timmerman and PhD student Malynnda Johnson presented a paper, "Jealousy Experience and Expression in Marriage: The Effects of Satisfaction, Investment, and Commitment," to the International Association for Relationship Research in Providence, Rhode Island, July 17-20, 2008.

May 2008

Adjunct Professor Rob Ricigliano was awarded the 2007-2008 Dick Ringler Distinguished Distinguished Peace Educator Award from the Wisconsin Institute for Peace and Conflict Studies, which recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching or studying war, peace, and/or global cooperation.

Professor Kathryn M. Olson published "The Practical Importance of Inherency Analysis for Public Advocates: Rhetorical Leadership in Framing a Supportive Social Climate for Education Reforms," Journal of Applied Communication Research, 36, 2008, 219-241.

Professor Sandra Braman published "Policy Research in an Evidence-Averse Environment," International Journal of Communication, 2, 2008, 433-449.

Assistant Professor Leslie Harris presented the paper, "Rhetorics of Marriage and Family: The Public Nature of a Private Institution," co-authored with Elizabeth Benacka of Lake Forest College, to the Rhetoric Society of America Conference, May 23-26, 2008, Seattle, WA.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered guest lectures during April and May of 2008 at Aalborg University (Copenhagen, Denmark), University of Helsinki (Finland), University of Helsinki School of Law (Finland), the University of Tampere (Finland), the University of Leeds (United Kingdom), and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Trondheim, Norway).

Professor Kathryn Dindia co-authored a paper with Jinsuk Kim (MA, 2007) of Michigan State University, "Gender, Culture and Disclosure in Cyberspace: A Study of Korean and American Social Network Sites," which was presented to the International Communication Association meeting in Montreal, May 22-26, 2008.

As an invited speaker, Professor Sandra Braman delivered a lecture on "EU Data Retention: Conflicts, Technical Issues, and Cultural Responses, to the colloquium The European Data Retention Directive, sponsored by the University of Bergen, Norway, in May, 2008.

Assistant Professor Susan J. Szmania co-authored a paper with Daniel E. Mangis of the University of Maryland-U Campus, "Oral Trials in the Mexican Legal System," presented to the International Communication Association meeting in Montreal, May 22-26, 2008.

The Department of Communication Awards Ceremony was held on May 16, 2008. A number of graduate students were honored:

Melvin H. Miller Award for GPA: Jane McGuire
Department of Communication Award for Outstanding GPA: Rebecca Gill, Rachel Hill, Jennifer Huber, Joelle Kwiatkowski, Brian Rothgery
Melvin H. Miller Award for Outstanding Research: Malynda Johnson
Department of Communication Award for Outstanding Research: Jane McGuire
International Communications Association Award for Outstanding Teaching: Ji Hyun Kim
Melvin H. Miller Award for Outstanding Teaching: Malynda Johnson, Muge Haseki
Melvin H. Miller Award for Outstanding Service: Emily Lenard
Department of Communication Award for Outstanding Teaching: Emily Lenard, Jane McGuire
Department of Communication Award for Outstanding Service: Malynda Johnson

Undergraduate student accomplishments also received awards:

Melvin H. Miller Award for Highest GPA in Communication Courses: Kristin Anne Hoppe
Commencement Honors: Natalie Anne Anniuk, Jennifer Michelle Bernstein, Marisa Alayna Drew, Jillian Marie Engl, Kristin Anne Hoppe, Brianna Marie Jacques, Katie Marie Kaelin, Alice Annette Kubiske, Ashleigh Marie Lund, Andrea Mary Lynn Martin
Honors in the Major: Laurie Darlene Zacharias
Phi Beta Kappa: Nicole Eimer, Brianna Jacques
Lambda Pi Eta: Natalie Anne Anniuk, Maripat Blankenheim, Kara Ann Connelly, Bradley Steven Day, Elizabeth Danielle Downey, Marisa Alayna Drew, Alyssa Renee Fitzgerald, Megan Leigh Francaviglia, Dayna Lynn Freund, Amy Elizabeth Frey, Clare Rose Gajkowski, Melissa Rose Helgerson, Kristin Anne Hoppe, Katie Marie Kaelin, Elizabeth Anne Koerten, Amanda Claire Lulewicz, Ashleigh Marie Lund, Ginger C. Manwell, Mari M. Mefford, Chelsey Rose McCluskey, Rachel Amber Molenda, Tricia Lynn Peetz-Ballweg, Alicia Beatrice Rollin, Angelina Marie Scaffidi, Michael J. Scanlan, Courtney Carol Schultz, Kimberly Kay Smith, Angela Rose Spott, Kristen Ann Wright
John J. Johnson Scholarship: Meaghan Gehri
Frank E. X. Dance Scholarship: Kimberly Smith

Spring 2008

MA student -- and Manager of Public Health Planning for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee -- Bonnie Halverson delivered a presentation on "Building a New School of Public Health: A Working Model," to the University of Southhampton in the United Kingdom on March 19, 2007.

The Fulbright Senior Specialists' program competitively selected Professor Sandra Braman to receive a grant to work with UNESCO to evaluate laws and regulations related to freedom of expression of the Government of Thailand and to make recommendations regarding the Thai legal environment for free speech to that country's new government.

The UWM Department of Communication had a strong presence at the University of Wisconsin System Women's Studies Consortium meeting in Green Bay, April 4-5, 2008 with a panel that included the following.

MA student Rachael Hill presented the paper, "Reading Race and Racism in Children's Picture Books" and organized a panel on "Rhetorical Lessons of Advocacy and Activism."
MA student Malynnda Johnson presented the paper, "Social Order and Activism: How Rhetorical Positioning Can Help or Hurt a Cause."
Professor Kathryn M. Olson presented the paper, Rhetorical Leadership and Transferable Lessons for Successful Advocacy in Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth."

Assistant Professor Susan Szmania was awarded a 2008-2009 fellowship from the American Scandinavian Foundation to study communication and conflict resolution among Iraqi immigrants living in Sweden. This project will be conducted in collaboration with Malardalen University (Stockholm, Sweden) and the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR).

In April, 2008, Professor Sandra Braman delivered guest lectures at Södertörn University (Stockholm, Sweden), the University of Oslo (Norway), and the University of Copenhagen (Denmark).

The UWM Department of Communication was heavily represented at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA), April 9-13, Madison, WI.

MA student Rebecca Gill presented the paper, "Social Interaction in Online Classes and Students' Sense of Community."
MA student Mindy Johnson chaired panels on "Rhetoric, Design, and PR: The Effects of John Grisham's The Innocent Man on Ada, Oklahoma Citizens" and on "Applications of New Technology in the Classroom."
Ad hoc instructor Shannon Lee Denney presented a paper on "Attorney Communication Ethics: A Call for Casuistry" and participated in the panel, "Ripped from the Headlines: Freedom of Speech in the News."
Professor Mike Allen served as a respondent for a panel on "The Fat, Ugly, and Lazy Must Pack Their Bags: A Case Study of the Delta Zeta Reorganization Efforts"; participated in a panel on "Working Together: Research Teams and Collaborations"; and presented the paper, "The Challenge of Feeling Successful in the Academy."
Professor Mike Allen, Assistant Professor Lindsay Timmerman, Tara Emmers-Sommer (MA, 1992; University of Arizona), and MA students Kate LaPlant and Katie Ksobiech presented the co-authored paper, "A Meta-Analysis Examining the Effectiveness of Abstinence Only Educational Programs."
MA student Emily C. Lenard presented her debut paper, "A Dramatistic Look at George W. Bush's October 7, 2002, Speech: Manipulation of the American People."
Professor Kathryn M. Olson facilitated a panel on "Effective Rhetorical Leadership in Activism: Offering and Problematizing Four Rhetorical Tools for Activists," that included Associate Professor John W. Jordan as a participant.
MA student Katie LaPlant, Professor Mike Allen, Assistant Professor Jennifer Peterson and Assistant Professor Susan Szmania co-authored a Top Three Paper in Communication Theory, "The Long Term Effectiveness of HIV Education for Gay Men."
Associate Professor John W. Jordan presented the paper, "Transcending Hollywood: The Referendum on United 93 as Cinematic Memorial."

An Undergraduate Honors Conference was held in association with the Central States Communication Association meeting that included two students from UWM:

Senior Kim Smith presented the paper, "Facts with Faces: Truth Exposed."
Scott Larsh (BA, 2007) presented the paper, "A Review of Darfur."

As an invited expert, Professor Sandra Braman spoke on "An Analytical Rubric for Global Media Policy" and "Law and Policy as Elements of Media Literacy" at the workshop, Global Media Policy: Concepts, Frameworks, Methods, Venice, Italy, April 17-19.

Assistant Professor Leslie Harris presented the paper, "Rhetorics of Motherhood in the Liberty Bell /Anti-Slavery Books" to the Interdisciplinary Nineteenth Century Studies Conference at Marquette University, Milwaukee, March, 2007.

Professor Sandra Braman delivered the third in the series of Fritt Ord (Freedom of Expression) public lectures at the University of Bergen, Norway, April 15, 2007, on the impact of postmodern legal conditions on the practice of democracy.

The first issue of Communication Monographs (volume 75, issue 1) under the editorship of Professor Mike Allen appeared in April, 2008, with research reports on maternity leave discourse, intractable multiparty conflict, the symbolism of terrorism, and defensive communication in social interactions.

Professor Bill Keith delivered a guest lecture at the University of Minnesota-Duluth on April 25, 2008.