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College of Communication to host Global Fusion 2005

ATHENS, Ohio (Sept. 27, 2005) -- The College of Communication will host Global Fusion 2005, the distinguished international-intercultural communications conference that unites scholars and experts in every facet of the discipline, Friday, Sept. 30, through Sunday, Oct. 2, at the Ohio University Inn in Athens.

The purpose of Global Fusion 2005 is to promote academic excellence in international-intercultural communications studies worldwide. This conference brings together scholars and professionals interested in mass communications, journalism, comparative broadcasting, diplomacy and cross-border communication, advertising, new technology, media economics and privatization, cultural effects, visual communication, media and international law, and global dialogues in search of peace.

The conference's peer-reviewed paper competition has been conducted by members of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) International Communication Division, the Intercultural-Development Division of the (International Communication Association (ICA) and the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) International Division.

Presentations at Global Fusion 2005 include selected panels, forums for works-in-progress, workshops, roundtables, special plenary sessions directed at current topics of interest to all participants and referred papers. Plenary sessions sponsored by the media/mass communication departments of Southern Illinois University; Purdue University, Calumet; and the University of Texas, Austin, will run concurrently with academic presentations.

Martin Hadlow, of the United National Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization Headquarters (UNESCO) in Paris, will deliver a keynote address Friday at 8 p.m. Hadlow, an Australian native, is currently working on global tsunami communication and educational awareness issues with UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission at Headquarters in Paris. He came to this post after four months in Sri Lanka, where he established UNESCO's temporary office for post-tsunami operations in Colombo. Prior to this appointment, Hadlow established the first UNESCO office in Kabul, Afghanistan. In his conference address, Martin will give a personal view of the challenges faced in helping independent media to develop in the Afghanistan conflict environment.

The conference will provide an opportunity for attendees from many countries and schools to meet and share ideas with other prominent communication scholars. According to College of Communication Interim Dean Greg Shepherd, Ohio University's location within Appalachia makes it an appropriate venue for discussions relating to communication technology, the digital divide and health communication issues. "We are honored to host this year's conference and pleased to be partnering with so many outstanding sister institutions of higher learning and first-rate academic and professional associations," Shepherd said. "All of us at Ohio University are keenly aware of technology's tendency both to pull people together and drive them apart. Global Fusion fits well with Ohio University's interest in and commitment to international studies and programs."

"This is on display in Vision Ohio, the strategic planning document under construction at Ohio University, which makes plain our historical excellence in international studies and development, particularly with regard to health and wellness, technology, and culture," he added.

The Global Fusion Conference is endorsed by the AEJMC, the BEA, the International Association for Media and Communication Research and the ICA. Conference coordinators are Dr. Karen Riggs and graduate student Danielle Stern, both of the Ohio University School of Telecommunications. For more information about Global Fusion 2005, please visit www.globalfusion.siu.edu/.  


Media Contact: College of Communication External Relations Coordinator Erin Roberts, (740) 593-0030 or roberte1@ohio.edu, or Media Specialist Jack Jeffery, (740) 597-1793 or jefferyj@ohio.edu

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