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Circle Park News: September 2020

2020 CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week

Join us virtually today through Friday, Oct. 2, for the 11th annual CCI Diversity & Inclusion Week. With this year’s theme of “Communicating Why Black Lives Matter,” we will explore the history of the movement, how journalists are covering racism and protests, digital activism, algorithms and bias, community based policing and more.

Comedian and The Daily Show correspondent Roy Wood Jr. will host a keynote event today at 4:30 p.m. EDT. Wood studied journalism in college before eventually joining the award-winning satire news program and often incorporates topics of race and social issues into his comedy.

A Tribute to Congressman John Lewis

In a second keynote event Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 12:55 p.m. EDT, civil rights pioneers Rev. Dr. Harold Middlebrook and Theotis Robinson will join Phyllis Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League, to talk about the legacy of Congressman John Lewis.

Women as Change Agents

Civil rights pioneer Carlotta Walls LaNier, a member of the Little Rock Nine, will join former Knoxville mayor Madeline Rogero and Monica Arias Miranda, president and CEO of the Hispanic Coalition NY, for a discussion of “Women as Change Agents” on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 2:10 p.m. EDT.

Learn more about this event.


UX Lab Provides Resources on User Experience Design

On the second floor of the Communication Building is nestled a lab where human psychology and computers meet: the User eXperience Lab (UXL). The UXL opened in 2009 as a joint project with ORNL but has evolved into a UT core facility serving as a resource for CCI faculty and students, as well as a pay-for-service facility for other university units, government, and private organizations. Learn more about the UXL.


Q&A with News21 Fellow Gabriela Szymanowska (’20)

While she was a student, Gabriela Szymanowska (JEM ’20) developed a passion for telling people’s stories to raise awareness and inspire change on important social issues. She gained more experience telling those critical stories during her eight-month John and Patty Williams Fellowship with the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, which explored the topic of the juvenile justice system in America. Read the full story.


Senior Patrick Boyd Collaborates Virtually for Summer Internship

As a result of attending the annual ADPR New York City networking trip in January 2020, senior advertising student Patrick Boyd landed a once-in-a-lifetime internship working in account management for FCB Health, which was held virtually because of the pandemic. Learn more about Boyd’s journey.


Additional News

Mustafa Oz, Guy Harrison Join JEM FacultyFaculty Spotlight: New Clinical Assistant Professor Ericka Patillo Will Lead SIS Graduate Studies
Faculty Spotlight: Assistant Professor Ben Horne Joins the SIS Team
Faculty Spotlight: New SIS Assistant Professor Jiangen He
UT Announces First Cohort of Diversity and Engagement Fellows