USD Sponsors BINACOM Conference in Tijuana

Conference to be held April 8th and 9th at UABC, Tijuana, MX

The Binational Association of Schools of Communication of the Californias (BINACOM), will host the 2011 BINACOM Encounter on April 8-9, 2011,
at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California (UABC). The conference theme is “Communication and Citizenship.” BINACOM is motivated by the belief that engaging in communication across borders is increasingly important. The association creates opportunities for interactions among faculty, graduate and undergraduate students that result in a deeper understanding of the process communication.

Kristin Moran, president of BINACOM and associate professor of Communication Studies at USD explained, “The goal of BINACOM is to facilitate interactions that celebrate the border region and ultimately demystify stereotypes associated with the other.”

Led by Professor Kristin Moran, seven USD students will be participating in this year’s conference. “As a member institution, USD students are eligible to participate in the bi-national conference. It is an opportunity for students to discuss issues related to communication with their Mexican peers. It is my hope that through this intercultural exchange students will be able to understand our common goals in communication education,” said Moran.

The primary activity of BINACOM is to organize a biennial Encounter, at which communication students and educators from across the region present and discuss their work. Held every two years, the event showcases films, photographs, multi-media productions, and academic research conducted within the border region. During the 2-day event, students and professors learn from one another and are able to engage with artistic expression and scholarship from varied viewpoints. Each event is host to two keynote speakers who highlight the theme from a US and Mexican perspective, this year two renowned academic researchers such as Toby Miller and Guillermo Orozco will lead issues regarding this year’s theme “Communication and Citizenship”.

Toby Milleris a British/Australian-American interdisciplinary social scientist with areas of concentration including cultural studies and media studies. He is also the author of several books, numerous articles, and is a guest commentator on television and radio programs across the globe. He is chair of the Department of Media & Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Prior to his academic career, Miller worked in broadcasting, banking, and civil service.

Guillermo Orozco graduated in Communication Sciences from the Jesuit University of Guadalajara (ITESO) and expanded educational studies at the University of Cologne. He has a doctorate in Education from Harvard University. Professor of Communication Sciences at the University of Guadalajara.

During the BINACOM Encounter participants will have the opportunity to discuss in panels, workshops, lectures and some outdoors activities that allow interactions among students, professors and researchers.

For information regarding submissions, panels, workshops and more please visit the following sites:

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