Fall Research Colloquium
The professors presenting their research included Dr. Amanda Gunn, Dr. Lisbeth Lipari, Dr. Sangeet Kumar, and Dr. Hollis Griffin. Dr. Gunn summarized her research in South Newark, Ohio and spoke of the importance of listening and learning across lines of class, region, race, and other things that divide us. Dr. Lipari spoke about love and learning in her work on communicative ethics. Dr. Kumar focused on the ways that love is central to the process of scholarship—researchers have to think about their work as a gift to others that will help them think in ways that will make the world a better place. Finally, Dr. Griffith wrapped up the presentations by talking about the potential of communication research, explaining why he studies television and how the past helps us understand the present.
Overall, the students walked away with a better understanding of what keeps the professors coming into the classroom day in and day out. They received insight into the motivations and interests of their professors as well as the impact of scholarship.