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CCI Symposium Explores Communication Convergence

Augie Grant

“Communication and Information Research in an Age of Convergence” was the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s thirty-fifth annual Research Symposium on February 27 on the UT campus.

August E. “Augie” Grant, the J. Rion McKissick Professor of Journalism at the University of South Carolina, delivered the keynote address. He will speak on “Convergence and Disruption: The New Research Paradigms.”

The symposium was held in the Communications Building Auditorium (Room 321), with the poster session located in the foyer outside the auditorium. All events during the symposium were free and open to the public.

“The theme of this year’s symposium highlights the changes that are leading to the transformation and convergence of the fields of communication and information,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth.

“Our keynoter, Augie Grant, is an internationally known expert on media convergence and technology. His talk will set the tone for what promises to be an exciting day of paper presentations, posters, and discourse,” Wirth said.

The symposium began at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the CCI lobby, followed by Grant’s keynote address at 9:30 a.m.

Research paper presentations began at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium on the topic of “New Roles for Media in Society,” and the poster session began at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby.

After lunch, the next paper presentation session began at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium on the topic of “Media’s Role in Society.”

The final paper presentation session was on the topic of “Science Communication,” and the closing comments and awards ceremony were presented 3:30 p.m. Awards were given to all participants due to the high quality of this year's presentations.

For more information about the symposium program, call 865-974-6651 or visit the symposium website.