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Dr. Pauline Hope Cheong was invited to speak at New York University in October 2013 at the conference “Religion in the Digital Age: Mediating “the Human” in a Globalizing Asia”. Her paper was entitled, “High-tech High-touch authority: Strategic Arbitration and Presentification for environmental justice among humanistic Buddhists”. She spoke at the opening plenary session and also had an opportunity to participate in a discussion with a lively audience in a fully attended lecture hall at the Tisch School of the Arts, on the topic of authority and authenticity online.
Dr. Pauline Hope Cheong was interviewed in London in June 2013 by Christopher Cotter, The Religious Studies Project, in association with the British Association for the Study of Religions. Her research on communication technologies and culture was the featured topic of the podcast, Religious Authority and Social Media. Listen to the podcast. In turn, her podcast and scholarship has been reviewed favorably by Louise Connelly, University of Edinburgh, UK, in her article "Authority online: Constructions and Implications." Read the review.
Dr. Kory Floyd spent much of July as a visiting professor in the School of Journalism at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. While there, he taught a graduate course on interpersonal communication and made visits to Nanjing University and Xiamen University. Dr. Floyd is pictured here with Professor Chunyang Hu, who sponsored his visit. Established in 1905, Fudan University is one of the oldest and most selective universities in China.
Returning in May from his sabbatical with the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Otago in New Zealand, Dr. Benjamin Broome repacked his suitcase and continued traveling, this time flying east across the Atlantic. Over the summer he worked with colleagues in Ireland, Brussels, and Turkey, where he facilitated workshops dealing with a variety of important social issues. More about Dr. Broome's summer workshops.