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Comm Dev celebrates 25th anniversary

Ohio University's Communication and Development Studies (Comm Dev) program at the Center for International Studies is celebrating its 25th Anniversary with a daylong event on Friday, Oct. 26 at Baker University Center.  

In celebration of this silver anniversary, there will be panels organized by the program's former directors, an avant-garde "living room" organized by current students, a keynote speech by a Comm Dev alumna and a party at the end of the day. All events are free and open to the public.
Approximately 100 people -- many of whom have participated in the Comm Dev program -- are expected at the event.

The number of people who are helping out with this day "is indicative of how dedicated people are who have historically been involved, and continue to be involved, with the program," said Comm Dev Director Lawrence Wood.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Carolyn Davis, who graduated from the Comm Dev program in 1998. Davis is currently on the editorial board of The Philadelphia Inquirer, where she writes a weekly "Without Borders" column. Davis has also done humanitarian relief work in Cambodia, Rwanda and the Balkans, where she managed a refugee camp during the Kosovo crisis.

In her keynote speech, Davis will focus on the challenges of writing stories on humanitarian issues.

"I'm looking forward to meeting Comm Dev students and alumni, celebrating the role that communications can play in highlighting situations around the world, and learning from others about what are the latest trends in mass communications and how they can be adapted as tools of social change," Davis said.

Comm Dev major Ayantu Tibeso said he is most excited about having program alumni back on campus.

"They are our biggest resource, as many are currently working in different areas. We have a lot to learn from them, and I cannot wait," Tibeso said.
For more information on Comm Dev's 25th anniversary celebration, click here or contact Lawrence Wood at woodl@ohio.edu.