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Boase lecture to discuss race and social difference

ATHENS, Ohio (Jan. 17, 2006) -- Gerry Philipsen, the 2005 recipient of the Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship, will present the annual Boase lecture on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the 1804 Lounge in Baker Center. The title of Philipsen's talk will be "A Modest Proposal for the Improvement of America's Conversation about Race and Social Difference."

Philipsen, professor at the University of Washington, is a renowned scholar in the communication discipline. Throughout his career, he has been recognized for excellence in research and teaching. His now classic and award-winning article, "Speaking 'Like a Man' in Teamsterville: Culture Patterns of Role Enactment in an Urban Neighborhood," published originally in 1975, inspired a tradition of influential research in cultural communication and ethnography of communication. Philipsen's work on cultural codes has inspired numerous doctoral dissertations and programs of research. Among his many recognitions, Philipsen received the Faculty Award for Distinguished Contribution to Lifelong Learning from the University of Washington in 2002.

"Dr. Philipsen has made a huge impact on the discipline of communication through his scholarly work as well as his mentorship of graduate advisees who are now leaving their own distinctive marks on our field," said Christina S. Beck, Boase Prize Selection Committee chair. "Philipsen's devotion to excellence in teaching and research reflects the spirit of the prestigious Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship."

Initiated in 2003, the Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship pays tribute to the legacy of Dr. Paul Boase, founding director of the School of Interpersonal Communication (now the School of Communication Studies) at Ohio University. Through this annual prize, the School of Communication Studies honors an individual with Boase's commitment to excellence in teaching, mentoring and research.

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Media Contact: Christina S. Beck, (740) 593-9167 or beck@ohio.edu

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