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Conference to celebrate 20 years of Communication and Development Studies

ATHENS, Ohio (April 10, 2007) -- Communication and Development Studies at Ohio University will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a graduate student conference, titled "Communication and Sustainable Development in Intercultural Contexts," to be held Thursday, April 12 through Saturday, April 14.

The internationally recognized program encourages the attendance of students, practitioners, professionals and academics interested in issues of media and communication in development with special attention to cultural, community and societal issues. The conference is free and open to the public, and will host speakers from the United States, Turkey, Zimbabwe and the Philippines.

President and CEO of Communication for Social Change Consortium Denise Gray-Felder will give the keynote speech at 9 a.m. Friday in Baker University Center room 240. The remarks and address will be broadcast on a live Webcast at www.ohio.edu/commdev.

On Saturday, Gray-Felder will join other CFSC board members for a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. in the Baker University Center 1804 Room. Board members on the roundtable include: Muthoni Wanyeki, former president of the World Association of Community Radio; Luis Peirano, the dean of the College of Communication, Catholic University, Peru; Maria Celeste Cadiz, former dean of the College of Development Communication, University of the Philippines, Los Banos; and Dayna Cunningham, Lord-Ross Philanthropic Advisers, Boston. 

Other noted speakers include Silvio Waisbord, who will speak at 11 a.m. Friday as part of an experts panel in Baker University Center room 240. He has served as the senior program officer at the Academy for Educational Development since 2002 and is also an advocacy and communication adviser for the USAID-funded Africa's Health in 2010 Project. In addition, Waisbord also has worked on communications issues related to various international health programs, including infectious diseases and child and maternal health. His lecture also will be broadcast live via the Web at www.ohio.edu/commdev.

Student panels will be held from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m. and 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. Friday and from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 3:15 p.m. Saturday in the Baker University Center. The panels will feature graduate student research presentations on topics such as development issues and policy perspectives, theater, film and popular culture.

For more information and the complete conference schedule, visit www.ohio.edu/commdev/CommDev-Conference.cfm#CP_JUMP_354253

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Media Contact: Communications Assistant for the Center forInternational Studies Maria Gallucci, mg365504@ohio.edu or 614-309-9900

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