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K-State Today

June 28, 2016



Communication studies faculty and students contribute to International Communication Association Conference in Fukuoka, Japan

By Nina Marino

COMM Students and faculty

Twelve communication studies faculty and students attended the International Communication Association conference in Fukuoka, Japan.

The group participated in a preconference seminar focused on building an international network of research and teaching centered on public deliberation and dialogue. Professors Soo-Hye Han and Tim Steffensmeier co-led the preconference with faculty from the University of Colorado and the University of Malaya. The preconference included faculty and students based in Japan, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Malaysia and the U.S. Soumia Bardhan also presented a research paper titled "Agency as a Responsive Creation: Arab Women, Revolutions, and Gaze."

In addition to the conference, Han taught Intercultural Communication as a faculty-led study abroad course. Six communication studies undergraduate and graduate students participated in the two-week trip that included learning in Tokyo, Nagoya, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Fukuoka. The students spent four days at Aichi Shukutoku University with Kansas State University alumnus, Don Molden. Molden is a faculty member in the global communication department. Students also visited Rikkyo University in Tokyo. While there, K-State and Japanese students discussed the speeches delivered during President Obama's recent visit to Hiroshima.

Communication studies participants included:

  • Faculty members Soumia Bardhan, Soo-Hye Han, Colene Lind and Tim Steffensmeier, and William Schenck-Hamlin, emeritus faculty member. Donna Schenck-Hamlin, staff member at the Center for Engagement and Community Development, also participated in the conference. 
  • Roger Allen and Dan Cutter, both graduate students. 
  • Madeline Frankel, Mason Moriarty, Chloe Nelson and Ronnie Wallden, all undergraduate students.