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Sean Horan
February 10, 2014 : Valentine’s Day Presentation at OUL
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Valentine’s Day is a day about expressing your love to the people you care about, but it’s not always easy. Sometimes we even express feelings that we don’t really mean. Dr. Sean Horan, who is one of the top 15 scholars in Communication Studies, will be speaking on the Ohio University Lancaster Campus about this very topic.


The OUL Cultural Events Committee is bringing Dr. Horan to campus this week.  He will be giving a presentation called “Angry Hugs: Using Affection to Lie to the Ones You Love” on Wednesday, February 12 at 6:30 p.m. in the Raymond S. Wilkes Gallery for the Visual Arts.


“We are thrilled to bring Sean Horan to the Lancaster Campus,” said Communication Studies Professor Candice Thomas-Maddox.  “Dr. Horan's research focuses on the vital role that communication plays in our romantic relationships.  His research tackles topics ranging from ‘how’ and ‘why’ we lie to our romantic partners to understanding our motives for engaging in workplace romances.”


Horan is a featured columnist for “Psychology Today” and writes a research-based relationship blog called “Adventures in Dating.” The blog provides strategies and skills to enhance communication in romantic relationships.


“Dr. Horan's presentation on ‘Angry Hugs’ will help audience members understand some of the reasons why we sometimes fake expressions of affection toward our romantic partners and perhaps even family members,” said Thomas-Maddox.


Horan’s work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal,, Men’s Health and Fox News.  Horan received his doctorate in Communication Studies from West Virginia University in 2009. He previously earned a BA and MA from Texas State University. Horan lives in Chicago and works as a professor at DePaul University.