ICA 2012

The International Communication Association convention was held from May 23-28, 2012, in Phoenix, AZ. I presented a paper co-authored with Yves Winkin, of the École Normale Supérieure de Lyon entitled “Walk Like a Local: Pedestrian Behavior in the US, France, and China” to the Urban Communication Foundation Preconference.

(Thanks to Casey Lum for both organizing the event, and for the photo of me at the Seminar.) I also served as respondent to a panel entitled “Narrative and Community in Intractable Conflicts.” In addition, the Language and Social Interaction Division honored me with a panel entitled ” Constructing Communities of Scholars: Celebrating the Work of Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz” (thanks to Theresa Castor for organizing the event, and to Liliana Castañeda Rossmann, Teri Harrison, Beth Haslett and Saskia Witteborn for participating).

We continued the tradition of holding a mini-meeting of those members of the Advisory Board of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue who were present at a conference (this time it was Donal Carbaugh and Michael Haley) along with the past and current Presidents of our parent organization, the Council of Communication Associations (Patrice Buzzanell and Linda Steiner).

While at ICA I connected with many international scholars, including some of those I had met or visited during the last year or two of travels: Simon Harrison (met in France, now based in Germany), Ifat Maoz (Israel), Saskia Witteborn (Hong Kong), Vivian Chen (Singapore), and Carla Ganito (Portugal).

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue

University of Lisbon

On May 3, 2012, I gave a talk entitled “The history of intercultural communication in the United States” to the Grupo de Estudos em Comunicação, Ciência e Tecnologia, which is part of the Instituto Ciências Sociais da Universidade de Lisboa, in Lisbon, Portugal.

Prof. José Luis Garcia directs this group, and so was my official host, although I owe thanks to Dr. Filipa Gonçalves Subtil for organizing the event as well as an excellent dinner afterwards. As a result of the seminar, I had the chance to talk with other scholars there, including Dr. Alexandra Dias Santos (also affiliated with the University of Lisbon), Dr. Carla Ganito (of the Catholic University of Lisbon), and Dr. Rosário Durão, the editor of Connexions: International Professional Communications Journal.

And since we spent the weekend in Lisbon, there was also time to do some sightseeing, including the Discoveries Monument shown below, documenting the 500th anniversary of Prince Henry the Navigator.

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz, Director
Center for Intercultural Dialogue