Summer Scholar Seminar
The Cowperthwaite Lecture is established in the name of L. LeRoy Cowperthwaite, who received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, served as Director of the School of Speech at Kent State for 29 years. Each year the School invites a prominent communication scholar to campus for a one-week visit. View the scholars that have visited since 1984.
Dr, Mohan J. Dutta served as the 2013 Summer Scholar Lecturer. Dutta is on the faculty of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore. Dutta is Professor and Head of the Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore and Courtesy Professor of Communication at Purdue University. At NUS, he is the Founding Director of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE), directing research on culturally-centered, community-based projects of social change. He teaches and conducts research in international health communication, critical cultural theory, poverty in healthcare, health activism in globalization politics, indigenous cosmologies of health, subaltern studies and dialogue, and public policy and social change. Currently, he serves as Editor of the "Global Health Communication Book Series" with Left Coast Press and sits on the editorial board of seven journals. Before arriving to NUS, he served as Associate Dean of Research in the College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University, a Service Learning Fellow, and a fellow of the Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. Also at Purdue, he served as the Founding Director of the Center for Poverty and Health Inequities (COPHI). Professor Dutta holds a Bachelor of Technology (Honors) in Agricultural Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur, and a PhD in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. He began his career at Purdue University in 2001, was tenured in 2005, and became Full Professor in 2009. In June, 2010, he was appointed as the Lim Chong Yah Professor of Communication and New Media at the National University of Singapore (NUS), and formally joined NUS as Professor of Communication in July, 2012. Read more about this year's program.
Global Communication Issues Forum
The first annual Global Communication Issues Forum, “Fracking: Promise or Peril?” featured Dimiter Kenarov, a journalist from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, in a panel with Kent State Professors of Geology Donald Palmer, Ph.D., and Yoram Eckstein, Ph.D., and Akron Beacon Journal Reporter Bob Downing. The panel examined hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as an issue in the Northeast Ohio region and on a global scale. Kenarov shared his reporting on natural gas extraction in Poland and the group collectively addressed questions and concerns about the issue from the audience, largely made up of citizens of the Kent area and members of the Kent State community.