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School of Communication Studies Hosted Global Issues Forum

Discussion led by Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting journalists who have reported on radicalization and nationalism throughout Europe

Kent State University’s School of Communication Studies hosted its annual Global Issues Forum on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center. This semester’s topic revolved around radicalization and nationalism. The panel discussion was led by two Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting journalists, who have both reported on radicalization and nationalism throughout Europe.

Approximately 120 students, faculty and staff filled the room and listened to Christopher de Bellaigue and Tom Hundley give their input on various topics involving their experiences and travels across the globe. The panel discussion was led by Paul Haridakis, communication studies professor.

De Bellaigue discussed that the stereotype of “radicalization” is tightly connected with Islam. De Bellaigue, having lived in Iran for seven years, emphasized that radicalization is happening across the world through many other different ideas and cultures. He explained that the media, especially in Europe, over publicizes the radicalization of Muslims.

Hundley discussed his experiences and opinions about nationalism acquired over the years while covering political transitions across Europe. 

The ongoing forum is an integral part of the school’s curriculum which includes a global communication major that prepares students to think critically and communicate globally.

Another Global Issues Forum will be held during the Spring 2017 semester. More information and details will be found on www.kent.edu/comm at a later date.