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Fall Research Colloquium

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

On December 4th, the Communication department held its fall research colloquium, “Affective Investments,” focusing on professors’ emotional investment in their research. What is important to them about their objects of study? What drew them to the sorts of analysis they conduct or perform?

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.

Posted Date 
Monday, December 16, 2013