Democratic Communications, Equal Rights & Global Justice
October 14-16, 2010
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, PA
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Conference Update - October 3, 2010
‘Twas the night before… OK, not quite. But we’re excited about the conference and looking forward to meeting or reuniting with you all very soon. Just a few reminders:
REGISTRATION: If you haven’t already registered for the conference, please do so by post as soon as possible. We need to supply the Days Inn with reliable numbers for meals, accommodate technology requests, pre-pay for meeting rooms, etc. (Please make checks payable to UDC in US dollars.)
LODGING: Rooms reserved at the Days Inn are now all (or nearly) filled. Other affordable hotels within walking distance to the conference site include:
Hotel State College
106 South Allen Street
118 South Atherton Street
Cab rides in the area are mostly less than 15 minutes and under $15.
PROGRAM: There have been a few minor changes to the program. Please plan to look closely at the printed version when you get here.
Safe travels and best wishes!
Jeanne for the Coordinating Committee
Jeanne Lynn Hall
Penn State University
College of Communications
127 Carnegie Building
University Park, PA 16801
(The following documents open as PDFs.)
Notes from the Conference Coordinators (9/8/10) - available here
* Updated Registration Form * (9/8/10) - available here (Note: Registration will only be processed by postal mail.)
* Important Request for Canadian Participants * (9/13/10)- available here
Welcome Information from Jeanne Lynn Hall - available here
Registration, Travel & Lodging Information - available here
Conference Program (9/8/10) - available here
Preliminary Conference Program Outline - available here
The global financial meltdown has exposed the threats and opportunities that confront communications practitioners, scholars, artists and activists. The investment strike by the ruling capitalist class has exposed naked capitalism. It provides us with an opportunity to critique and reject the inhumanity of this economic structure as a threat to any opportunity of reaching our full human potential. Radical explanations and interpretations of the contradictions within this system are more imperative than ever. However, as we explore the threats we also have a rich opportunity to search for alternatives via the communications system. In what ways can we move from critique to ACTivism. How do we break through the Astroturf (TM) lobbying by the ruling capitalist class (not so-called special interests) to empower rather than subdue the global citizen? The critique of capitalism and exploration of alternatives to it are complementary. How do we forge this connection?
Please join us!
The Union for Democratic Communications conference will be held in State College, PA October 14-16, 2010.