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2015 Dimensions of Communication Lectures

About the Presenters

Jay Baglia
Assistant Professor

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

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

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

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

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.