Dimensions of Communication

Explore the dimensions of the communication field with this unique twist on the typical research presentation. Communication faculty present on various topics PechaKucha style - 20 images, 20 seconds each. Hear faculty reveal interesting insights on relationships, culture, entertainment, social media, healthcare and more with this fun, fast-paced format.

Powered by PechaKucha 20x20
A PechaKucha 20X20 (say pe-chahk’-cha) is a 6 minute and 40 second presentation delivered with 20 images and 20 seconds of narration per image.  This format is fast-paced and engaging, where participants can be imaginative with visuals and narration to tell their story of research, interests, projects, etc.  Roughly translated as ‘chit-chat’ in Japanese, the PechaKucha was created in 2003 by a group of Tokyo architectural designers as a concise way to showcase work among their peers and network. Twelve years and 700 cities later, PechaKucha Nights (PKNs) are now a worldwide phenomenon where artists, activists, musicians, academics, and creatives come together to present ideas and work.

Dimensions of Communication – Powered by PechaKucha is an opportunity to network, socialize, and learn insights in the diverse field of communication all in one.  ‘Powered by PechaKucha’ means that we borrowed the format and spirit of a PKN as a means of presenting our faculty’s work to the DePaul community - students, faculty, staff and alumni.

About the Presenters
Jay Baglia
Assistant Professor
Health Communication
Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change
The loss of a desired pregnancy and the inability to experience pregnancy are intensely personal phenomena; these losses are also, in our culture at least, extremely (and some would argue, inexplicably) private. This project privileges a narrative approach to pregnancy loss and culminated in the publication of Communicating Pregnancy Loss: Narrative as a Method for Change. Each chapter is first-person narrative written by an individual or couple who has experienced miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy loss, and/or infertility or who have undergone treatment for infertility. Each narrative is accompanied by an author-crafted analysis that employs communication concepts and theories of narrative.

Paul Booth
Associate Professor
Media and Cinema Studies
Paratextual Board Games and the Contemporary Media Environment
Board games are more popular than ever; over the last 10 years board game sales have been rising 10 to 20 percent per year. But in an increasingly-complex mediated world, and as the digital has become the buzzword of the decade, how to make sense of this meteoric increase in popularity of such low-tech entertainment? In my research, I've explored the relationship between media products and the board games that are based on them ("paratextual board games"), and this PechaKucha will explore some of the ways that these paratextual board games slip into our contemporary media environment.

Shu-Chuan Chu
Assistant Professor
Public Relations and Advertising
When Culture Meets Social Media
Social media have dramatically changed the way consumers make purchase decisions by allowing them to freely interact with advertisers and fellow consumers, and facilitating information retrieval and exchange across different countries. With the increasing dependence of global online advertising on social media, empirical research pertaining to social media usage in different cultural contexts such as individualistic (e.g., US) and collectivistic (e.g., China) cultures could offer useful insights into the role culture plays in consumer behavior online. This PechaKucha presentation will provide a baseline understanding of consumer use of social media as a vehicle for social relationship building and eWOM in a cross-cultural setting. From a cultural perspective, variations in cultural orientations and social environments of American and Chinese social media users might also be reflected in their behavior in the medium.

Kendra Knight
Assistant Professor
Intercultural Communication
What Ants and Bees Can Teach Us About Dirty Dishes and Household Harmony
No one ever walks into a room and says "Hey, what happened to that dirty pair of socks I left in the middle of the floor?" But lots of people walk into their therapist's office and say "I'm so sick of cleaning up after him/her! I'm not the maid!" Learn about how human perceptual abilities affect our performance of mundane household tasks, and how those teeny-tiny differences can have a big impact on marital bliss.

Ken Krimstein
Public Relations and Advertising
Every Tuesday:  A Week in the Life of a New Yorker Cartoonist
This PechaKucha gives us an inside view of life as a cartoonist, and process of coming up with ideas on demand.

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