IMC and the Polis

IMC 2013

The theme for 2013’s conference was IMC and the Polis. Although the polis is a term frequently associated with rhetorical studies, we encouraged scholars from across the communication discipline, working in multiple methodologies, to consider the relationship between IMC and the public sphere. Some of these areas included how IMC is used by and shapes non-profits, small businesses, and multi-national corporations, how IMC influences and informs local, state, federal, and international governments, and how IMC impacts and responds to public policy issues such as education, the arts, the environment, and health care. How does the ongoing blurring of boundaries between public, social, and private raise challenges for understanding the polis, publics, and IMC practices?

Keynote Speaker

Keynote 2013

Ronald C. Arnett (Ph.D., Ohio University, 1978) is chair and professor of the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University, and is also the university’s Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence. As chair, he has developed the IMC curriculum at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, informed by the department’s dual mission of “Walking the Humanities into the Marketplace” and “The Ethical Difference.”

Dr. Arnett is the author/co-author of six books and three edited books, including Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference (with Leeanne M. Bell and Janie M. Harden Fritz, Sage, 2009). He received the 2006 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship for Dialogic Confession: Bonhoeffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility (Southern Illinois University Press, 2005). Additionally, he has two books in press: the forthcoming Communication Ethics in Dark Times: Hannah Arendt's Rhetoric of Warning and Hope, (Southern Illinois University Press), and An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning (with Annette M. Holba, Peter Lang). He has authored more than seventy scholarly articles and essays and was the recipient of the 1999 and 1979 Article of the Year Awards from the Religious Communication Association. 

In 2010, Dr. Arnett was awarded the Elizabeth G. Andersch Award from the School of Communication Studies at his alma mater, Ohio University, and in 2011, was named to the Collegium of Fellows of the International Communicology Institute.  Dr. Arnett is the immediate past editor of the Review of Communication and the current executive director of the Eastern Communication Association.

2013 Conference Panel Photos

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2013 Evening Event Photos