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?
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.
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.
Professor Karma Chávez is one of three scholars to be selected as an NCA-Forum Centennial Awards recipient.
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.
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.
On Monday, October 27, Communication Arts hosted an informal discussion with Bill Siemering, NPR's founding program director.
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.
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.