Friday, May 30, 2008
Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Communication 126

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement is proud to announce its lunch conversation for spring quarter. Come for the free lunch, stay for the cutting-edge graduate research.

Over the past 15 years, new technologies have fundamentally transformed the practice of politics worldwide. Social networking, streaming video, blogs, e-campaigns, and e-government are only a few of the tools that have emerged as fertile loci for research in this constantly evolving field. Departments as diverse as communication, information science, geography, political science, international relations, and public policy have brought a wide variety of theoretical and methodological approaches to bear on these issues, enriching the literature with interdisciplinary ferment. Whether you are a cyberpolitics expert or simply would like to know more about the field, we hope you will join us for a stimulating showcase of graduate research aimed at making scholarly sense of our digitally-augmented political landscape.

The following graduate students will be presenting:

  • Jessica Beyer, Ph.C., Political Science
    “Apathy to Activism? Anonymous v. Scientology”
  • Kris Erickson, Ph.C., Geography
    “Personal Firewall: How hackers are re-imagining risk in the information society”
  • Deen Freelon, master’s student, Communication
    “Managed Apprentices or Autonomous Agents? Assessing Online Civic Designs for Digital Natives”
  • Sophie Namy, master’s student, Jackson School of Int’l Studies/Evans School of Public Affairs
    “Investigating Media Constructions of Migrants: Insights From Online News Forums in India”

Please RSVP to reserve yourself a lunch, and indicate if you would like it to be vegetarian. Non-RSVPers are welcome to attend but are not guaranteed lunch.

The Center for Communication and Civic Engagement in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington is dedicated to research, the creation of citizen resources and student-designed learning experiences that develop new areas of positive citizen involvement in politics and social life. Our primary focus is to understand how new information technologies can supplement more traditional forms of communication to facilitate civic engagement. Through quarterly luncheons, the CCCE brings together faculty, staff and students to discuss their research on these themes.