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Kent State Presents First Conference on Information and Religion

Posted May. 2, 2011

Kent State University will host the first Conference on Information and Religion on Friday, May 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Kent Student Center. The conference is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR), a research initiative of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) at Kent State.

The theme of this inaugural conference is “Research Frontiers in the Study of Information and Religion.” Cost for the conference is $85, with a student rate of $25. Lunch is included. More information about the conference, including registration details, can be found at http://www.kent.edu/cde/conferences/csir.cfm.

Renowned scholar Dr. Brenda Dervin, professor of communication and Joan N. Huber Fellow in Social and Behavioral Sciences at Ohio State University, will deliver the conference's keynote address, “Spiritual Knowledge,” discussing the role of religion in sense-making.

Dervin is widely credited for research that launched the “user-oriented” approach in library and information science studies, which also has been applied in other disciplines, such as health communication, communication policy, the arts, religion and spirituality, and organizational communication.

Thirty scholars and doctoral students will present papers and posters on diverse subjects representing the “frontiers” of information and religion.

CSIR was founded in 2009 to facilitate research on the various institutions and agents of religion and their effect on social knowledge through the use, dissemination and diffusion of information. Dr. Don A. Wicks, SLIS Interim Director and associate professor, serves as director of the center. Dr. Daniel R. Roland, SLIS assistant professor, is the Primary Researcher. For more information, visit http://csir.slis.kent.edu/.