Keynote Presentations – The Future of Communication: Questions of Power, Publics, & the New Media Environment

LaurelFriedmanwebLaurel Friedman-Ayteş, PhD Candidate, Department of Communication, UC San Diego.

Discussion Topic: What’s your story? Practicing communication scholarship in an environment of negotiation and compromise.

Laurel Friedman-Ayteş is a trained photographer with an interdisciplinary background that spans art, communication and anthropology. Laurel’s current research interests are situated at the intersection of disability studies, health communication, and visual culture studies. Her dissertation examines the relationship of personal narrative and public discourse regarding Tuberculosis (TB) in San Diego County. This work will contribute to a better understanding of how illness experiences are culturally located and politically expressed. This research also considers how standard practices such as detection, treatment, and control map onto local factors that make the disease in San Diego County unique. In an effort to shift focus from the micropractices of illness prevention alone, her ethnographic study includes narratives that describe the experiences of individuals with TB and their families, in an effort to better understand their needs and the needs of their communities.


MSchudson_112811Michael Schudson, Professor, Columbia Journalism School, and Emeritus Professor in Communication, Department of Communication, UC San Diego.

Discussion Topic: Equipment for Living: History Not Under Circumstances of Our Own Choosing.

Michael Schudson taught at the University of Chicago from 1976 to 1980 and at the University of California, San Diego from 1980 to 2009. From 2005 on, he split his teaching between UCSD and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, becoming a full-time member of the Columbia faculty in 2009. He is the author of seven books and co-editor of three others concerning the history and sociology of the American news media, advertising, popular culture, Watergate and cultural memory. He is the recipient of a number of honors; he has been a Guggenheim fellow, a resident fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Palo Alto, and a MacArthur Foundation “genius” fellow. In 2004, he received the Murray Edelman distinguished career award from the political communication section of the American Political Science Association and the International Communication Association.


fredturnerFred TurnerAssociate Professor of Communication at Stanford University.

Discussion Topic: What Should We Think About When We Think About The Internet?

Fred Turner was awarded a Ph.D. in Communication from the Department of Communication at UC San Diego in 2002, and is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at Stanford University and Director of Stanford’s Program in Science, Technology, and Society. He is the author of From Counterculture to Cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the Rise of Digital Utopianism (University of Chicago Press, 2006) and Echoes of Combat: The Vietnam War in American Memory (Anchor/Doubleday, 1996; 2nd ed., University of Minnesota Press, 2001). He has just finished drafting a prequel to his last book — this time, a history of American multimedia from World War II to the 1960s. It should be published by the University of Chicago Press some time in 2013. Before coming to Stanford, he taught Communication at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He also worked for ten years as a journalist. He has written for newspapers and magazines ranging from the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe Sunday Magazine to Nature.


Event Welcome and Keynote Presentations will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. in the UC San Diego Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion.