• First week of school, wednesdayLeonard Teel just returned from the American Journalism Historians Association conference held at New Orleans, September 26-28, where he participated on a panel discussion, “Teaching and Personalizing Media History in the Digital Age,” along with colleagues from the University of Florida and Johns Hopkins.
  • Adam Cottrell’s paper, “Dogtooth‘s Enduring Politics,” has been accepted to the World Picture conference in Toronto, running November 8-9(keynotes scheduled to be given by Linda Zerilli and Davide Panagia). Congratulations!
  • Congratulations and thanks to all those who helped make the GSU conference, “Middle Class Phenomenon in Emerging Markets 2013,” held at the GSU Buckhead center, such a success, especially Hongmei Li, who served on the steering committee and put in long hours. Other participants from the Department of Communication included Carol WinklerShawn Powers, and Munib Rezaie (who presented research on Chinese film and social media).
  • Doug Barthlow and the team of students he worked with (most affiliated either with GSTV or having taken Doug or Andree Grogan’s telecommunication production courses) were featured at the Hall of Fame induction dinner held by the Atlanta Press Club, Tuesday October 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Buckhead.  Neha AliKristan WoolfordAndrew Mixon, and Alex Osiadacz were the students (graduate and undergraduate) able to attend, though they were among a larger production team.  Monica Pearson (WSB), Bill Shipp (Atlanta Journal), Ed Baker (Atlanta Business Chronicle), Dale Russell (Fox 5), and Margaret Mitchell (who before Gone With the Wind was a journalist) were honored.  In each case Doug and his student team prepared 4-5 minute video tributes that played.  The evening was terrific – former Gov. Roy Barnes introduced Bill Shipp, who not too long ago celebrated his 80th birthday.  Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed introduced Baker; Monica Pearson was introduced by her 30-year on-air partner John Pruitt.
  • Tony Lemieux was interviewed October 8 on WGHC radio (AM 1490) by Trevor Crow’s “Keeping Connected” show, on the topic of Al-Shabaab, the Kenya mall attacks, and the capture of Abu Anas al-Libi.  The interview ran for roughly 15 minutes, live.  Tony kicks it off, MP3 file here: http://archives.warpradio.com/btr/wgcharchives/KeepingConnected/100813.mp3.  In the coming weeks, Dr. Lemieux is scheduled to give a number of research talks, including the following:
  1. TL.  “Experimental research on political mobilization and support for terrorism: Results from a series of online international experiments,” an invited address at the Complex Systems Institute, University of North Carolina.  Charlotte, NC.
  2. TL with V.H. Asal and J. Walsh, “The impact of grievance and risk on support for political mobilization and terrorism in an online experimental context,” a research paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, South.  Charlotte, NC.
  3. Abadi, Houda & TL, “Music in the clouds: Al Qaida’s use of music in the context of terrorist communication,” a paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the International Studies Association, South. Charlotte, NC.
  4. TL, “Research in the psychology and communication of terrorism,” an invited address to the psychology department. Furman University. Greenville, South Carolina.
  5. TL, “A collaborative online international course in the psychology and politics of terrorism: Using online discussion forums to create cross-cultural, collaborative, learning environments,” a presentation in the Global Connectionssession, at the annual meeting of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Atlanta, GA.
  • It was a real honor to attend the Alumni Association’s 50th annual awards dinner this last Friday, where Lee Armstrong Lumpkin was honored along with Ahmet Bozer (president of Coca-Cola International), Ronald Freeman (a prominent city attorney), and Alicia Philipp (president of the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta).  Each person was the subject of a short video tribute, and then made brief remarks.  Lee spoke very positively, as she often does, about the value of her GSU journalism education, including a comment I so-often hear about the life changing instructional role that George Grieff played in her education here. So much of Lee’s work centered on the role she played in bursting through the journalism management glass ceiling – in 1997(1997!) she became the first woman promoted to a general manager position for a Cox television station when she took over WHIO-TV in Dayton, Ohio. She later retired from WSOC-TV in Charlotte, NC, where she served as GM starting in 2007.  The dinner gave me the chance to update her on the terrific “Future of Journalism” event we hosted thanks to the endowment she’s given Communication in honor of her father.