UK to host U.S.-China forum on applied communication

LEXINGTON, Ky. (April 11, 2016) — The University of Kentucky will hold a U.S.-China forum for administrators and highly accomplished researchers in various subfields of applied communication from several universities in the United States and China from April 13-15, on UK’s campus.

thinkstockphotos-510851586The forum, which will promote academic conversations and explore research collaborations, will be co-chaired by Zixue Tai and Kevin Real, associate professors in the UK College of Communication and Information (UK CI); hosted by Dan O’Hair, dean of UK CI; and organized by Tai.

Discussions at the forum will surround topics like journalism and mass communication, political communication, civic communication, crisis communication, new media and virtual reality, health communication and media entrepreneurship.

This event will gather researchers from UK’s CICollege of Arts and Sciences and College of Medicine, and host leading scholars from Indiana University, George Mason University, University of South Carolina, University of Alabama, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Many prominent Chinese media and communication scholars who will be at the forum represent universities like Tsinghua University, Sun Yat-sen University, Zhejiang University, Jilin University, Beijing Normal University, Communication University of China and Guangxi University. Among these seven universities, six are distinguished as top 10 journalism and communication programs in China.

The applied communication forum is being presented by UK CI and the Confucius Institute.

A gateway for Chinese language, culture and art to the people of Kentucky, UK Confucius Institute provides leadership, support and coordination for Chinese language and programs in K-12 schools as well as on UK’s campus; assists and facilitates establishing and maintaining faculty and student exchanges between UK colleges and Chinese universities; conducts Chinese language and cultural exchange; and promotes education about China on campus, across the Bluegrass region, and throughout the Commonwealth. To keep up with UK Confucius Institute and future events, join the institute’s listerv and follow them on FacebookTwitter and Snapchat (UKConfucius).

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