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by Michael Trevis on December 19, 2014
Four students sit at a table with one sitting on either end while two mediate in the middle.

One of the Communication Arts courses Assistant Professor Sara McKinnon teaches is CA 671 - Communication and Social Conflict. Throughout the semester, her students put on mock conflicts in class and take turns mediating the conflicting parties. To find out more about mediation, I visited one such session and asked Professor McKinnon a few questions. 

Can you talk a bit about what mediation is?

by Michael Trevis on December 15, 2014
CA 100 speech contest fall 2014 winners with Professor Steve Lucas.

On the evening of December 10, the top 21 persuasive speakers enrolled in the fall semester of Communication Arts 100 competed in the CA 100 Speech Contest. 

by Michael Trevis on December 05, 2014
WCFTR Assistant Director Mary Huelsbeck and Trewartha Grant recipient Meredith Smith peruse Dorothy Jeakins sketches at the WCFTR.

Communication Arts student Meredith Smith has received a Trewartha Undergraduate Honors Research Grant. After the application process, the grant was awarded to Smith for her excellent senior thesis, which explores Hollywood costume designer Dorothy Jeakins’ career in the 1960s. While her thesis is still in progress, the grant will provide Smith with $1,500 to cover the expendable supplies, travel expenses, and related costs needed to complete her research.

by Michael Trevis on November 18, 2014

Professor Karma Chávez is one of three scholars to be selected as an NCA-Forum Centennial Awards recipient.

by Michael Trevis on November 17, 2014

On Friday, Bob Mankoff visited with the students of Professor Catalina Toma’s course, CA 970: Seminar in Computer-Mediated Communication. Mankoff is the cartoon editor for The New Yorker and stopped by the class to discuss humor and humor’s role in communication. 

by Michael Trevis on November 11, 2014

For one week this summer, Professor Lori Kido Lopez and graduate assistant Taylor Cole Miller hosted the Vilas Video Camp with Freedom Inc. This local non-profit serves the needs of low- to no-income communities and youth of color in Dane County through leadership development and community organizing.

by Michael Trevis on October 31, 2014

On Monday, October 27, Communication Arts hosted an informal discussion with Bill Siemering, NPR's founding program director.

by Michael Trevis on October 16, 2014

Professor Jonathan Gray has been selected as a member of the George Foster Peabody Awards Board. He is one of three new members, including Martha Nelson of New York and Naibe Reynoso of Los Angeles. As a member of the Peabody Awards Board, Professor Gray will work with the board to select winners of the 74th annual Peabody Awards from a pool of over 1,000 entries from television, radio, and the web.

by Michael Trevis on September 29, 2014

Jill Soloway’s new show Transparent premiered this past Friday on Amazon Prime. Soloway, who is a Comm Arts alumna, previously produced and wrote for HBO’s Six Feet Under and recently won the Sundance 2013 Directing Award: U.S. Drama for her first feature film, Afternoon Delight

by Vance Kepley on September 22, 2014

The film archive of the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research was recognized and praised last week by the Wisconsin State Journal as one of the “100 defining objects of Madison.”

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