Seminars: Communication and Culture; Communication, Culture, and Identity; Cultural Codes in Communication; Cultural Discourse Analysis; Environmental Communication and Cultures; The Ethnography of Communication; Power and Discourse
Conferences: Several conferences, typically in mid-October almost annually, focused on Cultures in Language and Communication.
In April of 2007, we hosted a focused conference on “Understanding Cultural Discourses and Communication Codes.” Graduate students and scholars from around the United States and Israel attended. The research presented at that conference explored communication in Denmark, Germany, Israel, Russia, the US and elsewhere.
Lectures: The University’s Commonwealth College Kathryn and Paul Williamson Lecture in April of 2007 featured Professor Gerry Philipsen, theorist of Ethnography of Communication and Speech Codes.
Workshops on Cultural Analysis of Communication and Media have been presented in Finland, and several times at the National Communication Association.
Yan Xiaojang, is researching the impact of Irving Babbitt's New Humanism (1910-1930) on the moral and cultural life in China. One of Babbitt's Chinese followers was Liang Shiqiu, the famous lexicographer and translator, who compared the relevance of New Humanism to the traditional Confucian ethnic ideology. Dr. Yan is interested in Sino-American cultural exchanges in order to contribute to a better understanding between the people of the US and China.