Religious Literacy Project

“Thanks to a generous donation from Bruce McEver (MTS ’11), Harvard Divinity School announces a new initiative, the Religious Literacy Project (RLP), which will enable HDS to continue our nearly four decades of leadership in religious studies and education in the Unites States.

As a successor to the Program in Religious Studies and Education, the RLP will be a virtual resource and research center housed at the Center for the Study of World Religions. Its primary aim will be to create and maintain scholarly resources in the general study of religion and in specific religious traditions via an open access website designed primarily for public-school teachers and their students.

The initial resources will be created to supplement and enhance commonly used textbooks that introduce religion at the middle and secondary levels in world history and world civilizations courses. Other resources will be developed to supplement and enhance English and world literature courses, highlighting commonly taught texts with significant religious themes or dimensions.

A third set of resources will focus on teaching sacred texts, including, but not limited to, the Bible. A fourth will be case studies of significant historical events involving religious issues, and a fifth will provide resources for educators to understand and teach about contemporary issues related to religion.

In addition to the content resources outlined above, the RLP will also generate and publicize relevant research regarding religion and education, with a special emphasis on the relationship between literacy about religion and civic and moral education in a global world.

The Religious Literacy Project will function in tandem with the Certificate in Religious Studies and Education program that is jointly sponsored by Harvard Divinity School and the Harvard Extension School. This program targets in-service teachers, who can earn the certificate by taking courses through the Extension School that offer them the content and skills required to teach about religion in constitutionally sound and educationally innovative ways in their K-12 classrooms. The certificate is available for distance learners as well as those who reside in the greater Boston area.

Construction of the website will begin immediately and will be launched in a series of stages over the next three years. Beginning in the coming academic year, HDS professor Diane Moore will head this project, in addition to teaching part-time at both HDS and Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts.”

Originally posted by Harvard Divinity School as a press release.

Early leaders in ICC

Retrospective International Journal of Intercultural Relations issue on selected early leaders in intercultural communication scheduled for 2012

At the kind invitation of Dan Landis, Executive Editor of the International Journal of Intercultural Relations, Steve J. Kulich, Executive Director of the Intercultural Institute at the Shanghai International Studies University, and Michael Prosser are serving as the Guest Editors for a special issue in 2012 for IJIR of selected early leaders in the developing field of intercultural communication. While space is limited, and thus we are only selecting 13 early leaders for this special issue, we hope that later it might be possible to select another dozen first and second generation leaders and scholars for a potential second special issue of IJIR, perhaps in 2013.

This issue will contain scholarly articles about the following early leaders and academic scholars in the development of intercultural communication as a field of study. Introduction: Steve J. Kulich
Molefi Kete Asante, author: Reynaldo Anderson
Nobleza Asuncion-Lande (deceased), author: Dorthy Pennington
Fred L. Casmir author: (to be selected)
John C. Condon, author: Richard Harris
Dean Barnlund (deceased), author: Janet Bennett
D. Ray Heisey (deceased), author: Michael H. Prosser
L. Robert Kohls (deceased), author: to be selected
Robert T. Oliver (deceased), author: Robert Shuter
Charles Osgood (deceased) authors Oliver Tzeng and Dan Landis
Paul Pederson, author: Gary Fontaine
Everett Rogers (deceased), author: Arvind Singhal
K.S. Sitaram (deceased), author: Michael H. Prosser
Edward C. Stewart, authors: Jackie Waskilewski, Holly Kawakama, Jun Ohtake

We are searching for a potential scholarly author (s) who knows well the leadership and academic contributions of Fred L. Casmir and L. Robert Kohls. to the field of intercultural communication. Please contact me, Michael Prosser ( The deadline for submission to me of a 25 page essay, including the latest APA citations and references is September 1, 2011. All proposed articles must meet the rigorous scholarship standards of IJIR.

Journalism fellowship Am U

“The School of Communication at American University has entered a new and exclusive partnership with the The Washington Post for a named Fellowship.  This unique opportunity offers the Fellow full tuition, plus a $30,000 yearly stipend and the chance to work side-by-side with top journalists at The Washington Post, one of the world’s leading news organizations.  This is the only such fellowship with The Washington Post in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Applications will be considered through May 30, 2011, or until the best candidate is selected. Coursework begins August 1, 2011.

This opportunity is only available to those with several years of professional experience and who become enrolled in the SOC weekday graduate journalism program. During the academic year, Washington Post/SOC Fellows will work 15-20 hours a week at The Washington Post while pursuing an advanced degree in an 11-month program. Fellows work full time at the Post over the summer.  Fellows can also take advantage of SOC’s innovative centers for new forms of journalism such as, J-Lab, the Investigative Reporting Workshop, and the Center for Social Media, as well as the university’s deep intellectual and educational resources.

Journalism Division Director Jill Olmsted predicts a highly competitive application process. “This is an outstanding opportunity for a journalist who has a few years of experience and has already shown talent and grit to work for one of the world’s premier news organizations,” said Olmsted. “It would be perfect for someone in an early-career building stage who also wants to earn an advanced degree, perhaps in a specialized area.”

Experience and interest in topic areas such as religion, transportation, education, law enforcement or government is a plus. The Fellow will be a part of the Post‘s local staff of 60 reporters, the region’s dominant news-gathering organization, in print and online. Post reporters cover government, politics, crime, social issues, transportation, development and education; they write feature and trend stories; they investigate major local institutions, and they blog, shoot video, chat online and work intensively with databases.

The Fellowship is limited to U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a minimum of two-to-five years full-time professional journalism experience who hold an undergraduate degree. Applicants may include general assignment reporters, editors, Web producers, and full-time freelancers. It is aimed at outstanding journalists committed to a career in professional journalism.  Applicants must submit an application form, cover letter, resume, references, three work samples and a completed application packet to SOC’s full-time MA program in Journalism and Public Affairs. A GRE waiver may be possible for qualified applicants. “

More information can be found in the original post.

ICD in Fairytales, Drama, Art

Intercultural Dialogue through Fairytales, Drama and Art is a multi-partner project with 35 schools participating from all over Europe.  The participants collaborated in order to become familiar with the different cultures of each partner school’s home country through the use of fairy tales, drama and the arts…Schools involved in this project first created a PowerPoint presentation on their school which was posted on the TwinSpace. They served as a background so that students learned about each other before commencing work on the project itself.  Then, each school had to translate one national fairytale into English and then post this translated work on the TwinSpace for all partner schools to view.

Students from all schools read all of these translated stories in their English classes. Students of each institution then drew illustrations of their chosen national fairy tale in art class. Next, students from each participating school started performing one partners’ fairy tale in English. These performance are being recorded on DVD and sent to all partners to watch in English classes, and photos are being posted on the TwinSpace. Students can then watch each school’s performance recorded on DVD by each partners school.

All fairy tales from all European countries will be published in a book with students illustrations and share between partners and distribute to local community. Teachers and students were also able to communicate and further comment on all aspects of this project via the eTwinning Project Forum and on a Google Group.

For further information, see the etwinning site.

Vilnius Centre for Intercultural Dialogue

On 20 May [2011] in Vilnius, Lithuanian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Egidijus Meilunas and representative from Poland’s Borderland Foundation (Fundacja Pogranicze) Malgorzata Czyzewska discussed the events that are being organized on the occasion of the one hundredth birth anniversary of poet Czeslaw Milosz and activities of the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue that will soon be opened, reported BC the press service of the Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Egidijus Meilunas and Malgorzata Czyzewska, 20.05.2011. Photo:
Egidijus Meilunas and Malgorzata Czyzewska, 20.05.2011. Photo:

Czyzewska acquainted the Deputy Minister with plans of the Borderland Foundation on 30 June, on the eve of taking over the Presidency of the European Union by Poland and on the occasion of the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of poet Czeslaw Milosz, to open the Centre for Intercultural Dialogue in the town of Krasnogruda on the Lithuanian-Polish border. The Centre will be dedicated to the strengthening of cross-cultural dialogue in the borderlands of various countries in the world and to the research of such dialogues. According to Czyzewska, the experience that was accumulated over twenty years of the Foundation’s activities will allow to build bridges between the closest neighbours: Belarusians, Poles, Lithuanians and Russians from the Kaliningrad region. The Centre will contribute with education, research, publishing and cultural activities. In her opinion, exchanges of people in culture, historians, teachers and youth from neighbouring countries and cooperation will take place at the Centre.

Deputy Minister Meilunas welcomed the Foundation’s initiative and emphasized the benefits.

“These activities are very necessary. It is important to have and strengthen the dialogue between Lithuanian and Polish people in culture. It is particularly symbolic that the Centre will operate in the borderlands of a few countries, in a manor that was the property of the family of Milosz, the ‘last national of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania’ in the interwar period,” Deputy Minister Meilunas said.

For further information, see the original article published in The Baltic Course, 27 May 2011.

Global Media Journal call


Global Media Journal-American Edition – Special Spring 2012 Issue
“The State of Media Conglomeration: Synergy, Power, Resistance”
Deadline for Submissions: October 15, 2011

The focus of this special issue of the Global Media Journal-American Edition:  Is “Big Media” dead and buried, or alive and prospering-or both?

In May 2009, Newsweek magazine eulogized “Big Media” in the aftermath of Time Warner CEO Jeffrey Bewkes’ announcement that the corporation would spin off AOL, noting that “the long-suffering Vertically Integrated Media Conglomerate (1989-2009) passed away” and suggesting that synergy was an “overhyped” business model.

Yet in early 2011, the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice approved Comcast’s 51% stake in General Electric’s NBC Universal, creating what the New York Times called, “a media powerhouse.” Comcast, the largest cable company in the United States, longed to own a major media company before its purchase of NBC Universal, as evidenced by several failed attempts to purchase Disney in recent years.  Furthermore, in 2011, AT&T announced the purchase of T-Mobile for $39 billion, which, if approved by governmental regulatory agencies, will create the largest mobile phone company and again consolidate the industry into two main players.  On the other hand, Google’s attempted purchase of social shopping site Groupon for a price of $6 billion was rejected, largely acknowledged as due to fears by Groupon that the acquisition would invoke anti-trust action toward Google.  Elsewhere, though, the largest media conglomerates, including Disney, Viacom, News Corporation, and Time Warner, appeared to be continuing their quest to purchase digital and traditional media outlets.

In light of these paradoxes, articles for this special issue may address (but are not limited to) matters such as:  the use of new synergistic strategies to create barriers to entry, corporate power and media, the use of social media technologies as resistance to dominant corporate practices and content, consolidation in the telecommunications industries, the viability of transnational and transindustrial media corporations, and alternative democratic communication systems.

Graduate Student Research:  In keeping with the mission of the journal to provide opportunities for graduate student publication, this special issue of Global Media Journal will have a graduate research section.  For submission guidelines, see this site. All papers must be submitted via electronic attachment.

Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Dr. Jennifer Proffitt, Florida State University,, and Graduate student submissions and queries should be directed to Dr. Doug Tewksbury, Niagara University,

Social Media/Political Change JoC call

Journal of Communication
Submission Call for Special Issue on “Social Media and Political Change”

Guest co-Editor:  Dr. Philip N. Howard, University of Washington
Editor:  Dr. Malcolm Parks, University of Washington

The “Arab Spring” as well as recent events in other parts of the world have demonstrated that new communication technologies, such as mobile phones and the internet, are simultaneously new tools for social movement organizing and new tools for surveillance by authoritarian regimes.  Though communication theory necessarily transcends particular technologies, software, and websites, digital media have clearly become an important part of the toolkit available to political actors.  These technologies are also becoming part of the research toolkit for scholars interested in studying the changing patterns in interpersonal, political, and global communication.

How have changing patterns of interpersonal, political, and global communication created new opportunities for social movements, or new means of social control by political elites?  The role of social media in new patterns of communication is especially dramatic across North Africa and the Middle East, where decades of authoritarian rule have been challenged—with varying degrees of success.  Social media—broadly understood as a range of communication technologies that allow individuals to manage the flow of content across their own networks of family, friends and other social contacts—seem to have had a crucial role in the political upheaval and social protest in several countries.  Mass communication has not ceased to be important, but is now joined with a variety of other media with very different properties that may reinforce, displace, counteract, or create fresh new phenomena.

This Special Issue seeks original qualitative, comparative, and quantitative research on social media and political change, particularly as related to events in North Africa and the Middle East, but we are also receptive to work on political change in other parts of the developing world.  We would welcome manuscripts from a diverse range of methodologies, and covering diverse communities and cultures.  Methodological innovations or mixed method approaches are particularly encouraged, and manuscripts on the interpersonal and intergroup aspects of social movement organizing are central interest.  Whatever the approach, our goal is to select manuscripts that are grounded in the actual use of social media in promoting or resisting political change in developing countries and regions.  If you have questions regarding the appropriateness of a potential submission, please contact Prof. Philip N. Howard (

Deadline for Submission is August 15th, 2011, through  Manuscripts must confirm to all JOC guidelines, including the use of APA 6th edition format and a limit of 30 pages total manuscript length.  Please indicate your desire to be considered for the special issue in your cover letter.


Aoyama Gakuin University

On May 21, 2011 I gave a talk entitled “Asking Cultural Questions: Using Ethnography to Answer Questions about Cultural Identity” to the Department of International Communication, of the School of International Politics, Economics and Communication, at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo, Japan.

Prof KaKai's introduction
Prof KaKai's introduction

My thanks to Prof. Hisako KaKai  and Prof. Kiyoko Sueda, who were the hosts and organizers of the event.

After the talk we were treated to an excellent Vietnamese dinner, well attended by many of the graduate students from the presentation as well as the faculty listed above. To all the graduate students I promised to send citations: I really did mean it, so do send me an email as followup!

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz
Director, Center for Intercultural Dialogue

Advancing Knowledge grant CFP

The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University is very pleased to announce a request for proposal on Advancing Knowledge in Human Services Philanthropy and Nonprofit Organizations (Advancing Knowledge), supported with funding from the Kresge Foundation.

An open invitation is now issued for proposals on research in the field of human services philanthropy and nonprofit organizations. Pre-tenure scholars are invited to apply for $25,000 grants to fund research and for the opportunity to join a community of scholars seeking to improve the practice of human services philanthropy. The deadline for proposals is June 27, 2011.

Human services organizations play a critical role in providing essential services to low-income and vulnerable populations. Although human services nonprofits provide much-needed resources to households and communities throughout the U.S., more research is needed to understand how human services organizations can improve their practices.

Proposals for research projects must focus on human services nonprofit organizations assisting low-income populations in the United States and, must have the potential to affect the nonprofit practice and philanthropic support of human services nonprofits.

Advancing Knowledge is particularly interested in better understanding four thematic areas of research within the field of human services organizations:
*Organizational Effectiveness
*Social Change and Impact
*Government and Public Policy
*The Role of Philanthropy

Advancing Knowledge responds to the need to build a research community of human services scholars whose work has the potential to improve the practice of human services organizations and philanthropy. Through this initiative, Advancing Knowledge will create a cohort of pre-tenure scholars working in collaboration with tenured mentors and an Advisory Council.

Pre-tenure scholars at accredited universities and nonprofit research institutions in the United States who received terminal degrees within the past seven years will be eligible for research funding.

Ten proposals for funding of up to $25,000 per project will be awarded over two years (two disbursements of $12,500). Recipient scholars will work with mentors and an Advisory Council to produce and disseminate findings that improve the practice of human services philanthropy.  Research using existing data sources is encouraged.

Recipients will be invited to workshops held at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action annual conferences in 2011 and 2012.  Scholars, mentors, and the Advisory Council will also collaborate to generate a “State of the Research” report on human services philanthropy.

Fordham U job ad


The Schools of Business at Fordham University invite applications for a visiting professor (open rank) in Communications and Media Management for the 2011-2012 academic year (applicants may apply for either a semester or a full-year appointment).  The individual selected will have expertise in one or more of the following areas: media management/economics, new communications technologies, business communication, or organizational communication; and should be able to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in communication studies or a related field and have a research program and/or professional background appropriate for appointment in a business school.

Located in New York City, Fordham Business Schools offer a variety of programs of international distinction for students and practitioners of global business, including an MBA with a concentration in Communications and Media Management, an MS in Communications and Media Management and an Accelerated Executive MBA. Fordham Schools of Business have approximately three thousand graduate and undergraduate students enrolled on three campuses.

Applications should be received by June 17, 2011 and include:  A curriculum vitae, the names and contact information of three references, and an example of scholarly work.  Applications, and any inquiries or nominations concerning these positions, should be sent to:

Professor Philip M. Napoli
Area Chair of Communications and Media Management
Schools of Business
Fordham University
113 West 60th Street
New York, NY 10023

Application materials also can be sent electronically to

Fordham is an independent, Catholic university in the Jesuit tradition that welcomes applications from men and women of all backgrounds.  Fordham University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Fordham Business Schools are accredited by the AACSB.