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2016 Dimensions of Communication Lectures

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Shana Bahemat



(Growing with History)
 
Shana’s talk is about  understanding her identity as an Iranian woman while breaking the stereotype of Middle Eastern women that is perceived in the West. She celebrates political and social change through the voices of Iranian women by emphasizing the strength in their resistance. Her presentation will begin with a personal poem followed by analysis and a brief description of Iran’s political history.


Jill Hopke
Assistant Professor, Journalism
Climate Activists Took to Social Media for Paris Climate Talks, But Who are They Reaching? And, Why it Matters
 
In December 2015, representatives of 195 nations meeting in Paris for the Conference of the Parties (COP21) set an ambitious goal to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by the mid-century. During the talks climate activists took to social media to get out their message on climate justice. Before the official summit kicked off, activists held more than 2,300 events in over 175 countries in a Global Climate March, rallying around the shared goal, “Keep fossil fuels in the ground and finance a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.” Global activism was impressive in scale, but did activists reach people on social media who are not already supporters of action on climate change? My analysis of social media during the climate summit shows little interaction between climate activists and the industry most closely associated with carbon emissions: oil and gas. In this talk I’ll explore what this might mean for future climate action and our collective ability to live up to the goals set at COP21.



Daniel Makagon
Professor,
Intercultural Communication

Screams from the Basement: DIY Punk Shows in the USA
 
This presentation explores the development of a DIY punk touring network in the U.S. I focus on the shift from regional shows featuring local bands to more organized national touring options. More specifically, I discuss the transformation of the house as a private space to a pseudo-public show space for local punks to do DIY.



Abby Schultz

Healing Water: A Narrative for My Dear Friend, H2O
 
I’ve been a fish my whole life; the mental and physical healing power of water is something only swimmers can attest to. Finding peace in the water always came easy, but after a scary knee injury I struggled on my way back upstream. It stayed that way for a few years, until I dove back in.



Adjunct Instructor,
Intercultural Communication

'Black American, Heart Korean': Non-Korean Identities in U.S. Korean Meetup Groups
 
Meetup.com is a social networking site that boasts nearly 14,000 local interest-based groups worldwide including more than 50 Korean language and culture Meetup groups in the United States. This ethnographic study records the lived experiences of non-Korean members of these groups to explore why Korean culture resonates with them to the extent that they appropriate Korean cultural symbols and seek out other Koreanophiles with whom they create new meanings. Most importantly, this study seeks to understand how their participation in Korean cultural activities shapes their own identities.














Jason Martin
Assistant Professor, Journalism

Jessica Gall Myrick
Assistant Professor
Indiana University

How Young Uninsured Americans Respond to Obamacare News Coverage: Why Journalists’ Choice of Examples Matter
 
This study is the first large-scale interdisciplinary merger of political communication and health communication theory in a critical real-world empirical context. We wanted to see how journalists’ choices in reporting online news affects how people think, feel and act regarding their own health – and subsequently, how those effects hold important consequences for public health. Our online experiment (N=1,056) found that the positivity or negativity of the case studies, or exemplars, that journalists choose to include have direct effects on young uninsured Americans. The results highlight the important role journalists play in communicating the realities of complicated legislation and public health issues.