Prof. Mohan J. Dutta presents at the National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NCA Opening Session: Putting Bodies on the Line and Words into Action – Celebrating the Joys of, Challenges in, and Opportunities for Civic Engagement

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Thu, 11/10: 5:00 PM  – 6:30 PM
Marriott Downtown
Room: Grand Salon E – Level 5
Dr. Bryant Keith Alexander has built a career thinking about and embracing queer black bodies moving through the vectors of racism and homophobia; Dr. Mohan Jyoti Dutta has spent the past decade advocating for health care justice in developing nations; Dr. Billie Murray has chronicled her participation in movements for social justice in the wake of Confederate memorializing and in the face of hate speech. A Dean, a Chair, and an Assistant Professor; a colleague from LA, another from Singapore, a third from Philadelphia. While our speakers embody diversity in terms of race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and methodology and area expertise, they are united in their commitment to using communication activism for the common good. Come hear their stories from the front lines of change; listen as they engage in spirited dialogue about why communication matters, and how, and to whom; and please lend your voice to our collective celebration of those who put their bodies on the line and words into action. The NCA Opening Session is sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis.

Chair

Lisa A. Flores, University of Colorado, Boulder  – Contact Me

Presenter(s)

Bryant Keith Alexander, Loyola Marymount University  – Contact Me Mohan Dutta, National University of Singapore  – Contact Me Billie Murray, Villanova University  – Contact Me

Sponsor/Co-Sponsors

Activism and Social Justice Division
La Raza Caucus
NCA First Vice President

 

[NEWS] Prof. Mohan J. Dutta receives the 2015 ICA Applied/Public Policy Research Award

Professor Mohan J Dutta has received the 2015 International Communication Association (ICA) Applied/Public Policy Research Award. This award honors a scholar or group of researchers who have produced a systematic body of research in communication studying a particular applied or policy problem for the betterment of society. The award is a recognition of Prof. Dutta’s decade-long collaborations with marginalized communities in developing the culture-centered approach as a framework for addressing needs voiced by members of marginalized communities, for developing participatory processes for structural transformation through grassroots-driven advocacy, for fostering communication infrastructures for listening to community voices, and for co-constructing knowledge claims from the global margins. Under the umbrella of the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE) that he directs at NUS, Dutta has developed partnerships with communities that work toward addressing locally articulated and contextually constituted solutions such as building cultural resources of health and wellbeing, building healthcare services, building locally-based agricultural systems rooted in indigenous knowledge, developing culturally-centered communication campaigns, and creating policy advocacy tools that center the voices of marginalized community members in policy spaces.

Prof. Mohan Op-ed featured on The Straits Times

Our director, Prof Mohan Dutta, has written an op-ed piece featured on The Straits Times which talks about what inspired him to attain this spirit of always questioning and going back to the evidence, however incomplete or uncertain. He feels that the language of science is being used to shut out conversations or to push notions of development rather than creating a space to question any assumptions and beliefs on the basis of evidence.

“To question means to hold our existing values and beliefs to scrutiny. The spirit of science is also public, subjecting scientific claims to public deliberation and examination. Thus, transparency and debate are two key elements of the scientific process.”

Follow the article through this link.

Prof Mohan’s Interview on The Straits Times

Influencers. A new community of people on social media that has taken the online world by storm and creating a whole new phenomenon, especially with the recent online spat between Xiaxue and Gushcloud. In this article, Prof Mohan gives his opinion on this concept and how it has changed the current digital climate. Follow the link below to read more on this story. Influencers

“Respect Our Rights” Feature on TODAY Newspaper

CARE’s first campaign, “Respect Our Rights”, was featured on TODAY newspaper dated 10th November. As a way to raise awareness of the plight of maids here, the campaign was a joint effort with the 27 domestic workers involved and our partner H.O.M.E. (Humanitarian Organization for Migrant Economics). Also featured was our fellow CARE member, photojournalist Julio Etchart, on his “photovoice” sessions with the workers that allow them a much-needed opportunity to tell their stories. Follow the stories by clicking on the images below. ROR-care-feature-1   ROR-care-feature-2

Professor Mohan J Dutta recognized as Provost’s Chair Professor

CARE Director Professor Mohan J Dutta was recently recognized as a Provost’s Chair Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences in recognition of his outstanding and impactful scholarly accomplishments, which are internationally acknowledged. Professor Dutta’s recognition as Provost’s Chair Professor recognizes his recent work with the culture-centered approach and with setting up the Center for Culture-Centered Approach to Research and Evaluation (CARE). In his scholarly work, Professor Dutta has published over 170 articles and book chapters, and seven (7) books. He has won multiple research and teaching awards, including the Lewis Donohew Outstanding Health Communication Scholar Award and the University Faculty Scholar Award from Purdue University.