Faculty and students participate in Economic Security Forum
March 08, 2011
The Department of Communication Studies hosted an Economic Security Forum on Wednesday, February 23. This is one of many such events being held all over the country, under the guidance of the National Issues Forum.
The Emerson event consisted of about 40 participants in two large groups discussing pros and cons of three broad strategies for greater economic security (both personal and national): cut spending, share resources and develop greater community, or promote economic growth.
The purposes of such events include promoting greater citizen awareness of and involvement in economic policy and stronger local democratic processes. Participant surveys collected after the event are sent back to the National Issues Forum which shared results with policy makers.
Most participants were Emerson students, both graduate and undergraduate. Professor Phillip Glenn organized the event and with Professor Bill Huddy led one of the discussion groups. The other group was led by undergraduates Andrew Cassidy and Melinda Warren.
Faculty experts can comment on the upcoming 2013 Boston mayoral race as well as a range of political stories, including initial coverage and ongoing developments leading up to the Massachusetts gubernatorial race in November 2014.
Dr. Angela N. Hosek and her colleague Dr. Rebecca DiVerniero received the Top Paper Award (out of 155 papers submitted) for their project titled, "Twitter as a Classroom Tool: Exploring the Use, Benefits, and Downfalls from the Perspectives of Instructors and Students," from the Human Communication and Technology Division. Dr. Hosek was also on the Top Panel for the Basic Course Division. Both took place at the National Communication Association Annual Meeting in November.