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February 24, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017                                                                   

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Professor Michael Kent had the following papers accepted by the Public Relations Division for presentation at the67th annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference, in San Diego, California, May 25 – 29, 2017.

“The rhetorical evolution of dialogue: Implications for public relations theory and practice,” co-authored with Professor and Director Maureen Taylor.  

“An intervention: Disconfirmation, cognitive dissonance, and emotional labor among public relations professors,” Co-authored with E. Sommerfeldt (U. of Maryland.)

“Dialogic engagement: A multi-level conceptual model,” co-authored with A. Lane (Queensland U. of Tech.)


Associate Professor Devendra Potnis, with co-authors D. Demissie (The Sage Colleges) and M. Rahman (New York State Department of Information Technology), had his paper, “Agent-based mobile banking for financial inclusion of vulnerable population in Bangladesh,” accepted for presentation at the Vulnerable Communities in the Digital Age: Advancing Research and Exploring Collaborations workshop at 2017 iConference, Wuhan, China in March.

CCYAL is collaborating with the Knox County Public Library to offer a monthly book discussion group focused on young adult literature open to readers of any age. The group meets at the Lawson McGhee Library, lower level. The February 23 title is All American Boys by Jason Reynolds. The March 30title is Serpent King by Nashville author Jeff Zentner who will join the discussion via Skype. For more information, contact Dr. Cindy Welch, 865-974-7918 or

CCYAL and UTK’s Brothers United for Excellence are co-hosting the third annual African-American Read-In on Friday, February 24, noon – 6:00 p.m., 2nd floor Marie Wooton Commons Area, Hodges Library. Volunteers can still sign up to read excerpts from their favorite books by African-American authors. Readers and listeners are welcome. For questions, contact Dr. Cindy Welch, or 865-974-7918.


Howard Distinguished Endowed Professor of Media Management and Law and Beaman Professor of Communication and Information Stuart N. Brotman presented his paper, “Rethinking media policy,” at the Revitalizing Concepts in Mass Communications conference, co-sponsored by the University of Missouri School of Journalism and Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich in Brussels, Belgium, February 17 – 18, 2017.

He also had the following article published in Brookings:


February 27 – March 2

UT Social Media Week 2017

March 13 – 17

Spring Break

April 4

Hill Lecture, School of Nursing Auditorium, 8 p.m.

April 10

CCI/ADPR/JEM Convocation

April 14

Spring Recess

April 21

CCI BOV Spring Meeting; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

April 28

Last Day of Classes

May 1

Study Day

May 1

CCI Faculty/Staff Meeting 9 – 11:00 a.m.

May 1

Communication Studies Student Awards Ceremony

May 11

CCI Commencement, TBA, 3:30 p.m.

May 11

Commencement Reception, following ceremony on CCI Patio

May 11

UT Graduate Hooding, TBA, 7:00 p.m.

May 12

SIS Hooding Ceremony, Haslam Music Bldg. Auditorium, 10:00 a.m.

May 29

Memorial Day Holiday


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