#WhoWillWatchtheWatchers? IICM Symposium

“Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?” Bruno Latour & The Need for a New Critical Science of ‘Science & Technology’ Symposium

Authors and organizers: Dr. Basilio Monteiro (Director, IICM)
Dr. Natalie Byfield (The Department of Sociology & Anthropology of St. John’s University)

“Who Will Watch the Watchers: Bruno Latour & The Need for a New Critical Science of ‘Science & Technology’,” a jointly organized symposium by the Institute for International Communication and the Department of Sociology & Anthropology housed respectively in the Collins College of Professional Studies and St. John’s College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, brought together researchers who have different epistemological approaches to the study of contemporary technologies and people’s relationships to those technologies.

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Algo se muere en el alma cuando una lengua se va

By Cristina Pérez-Cordón, Ph. D

El idioma navajo es la base del único código militar que fue totalmente imposible descifrar en su época. Es extremadamente complejo, se dice que es imposible de dominar si no lo aprendes desde pequeño. Tiene cuatro tonos, no tiene adjetivos, cuenta con más de cuarenta sonidos vocálicos y consonánticos (frente a los veintidós del español) y una forma totalmente diferente de construir las frases y conjugar los verbos. Estos últimos no solo tienen en cuenta el sujeto, sino también el objeto. Así, el verbo varía en función de las características del objeto en cuestión, que se clasifican hasta en 11 tipos, por ejemplo, “sólido redondo”, “alargado flexible”, “alargado rígido”, “viscoso”, “plano flexible”, “animado”, etc. Esto supone, por ejemplo, que el verbo para sostener un palo es diferente al verbo para sostener una hoja; pero el verbo para sostener barro es el mismo que para sostener una rana (porque ambos son viscosos). Actualmente es la tribu más numerosa de los EE.UU después de los Cherokee.

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The Age of Disinformation and Kierkegaard at St. John’s University

by Dr. Basilio Monteiro

As the age of disinformation is overwhelming the average citizen across the globe, one is left to ponder: what is truth? where truth is to be found? The enigmatic Kierkegaard presents himself as the touchstone for inquiry, reflection, deliberation and to make sense of the prevailing instantaneously ubiquitous presence of “disinformation.” Attempts at deliberate disinformation are as old as human history; they have become sophisticated and pernicious with the passing of time.
Scholars from various countries gathered for two days last November at St. John’s University to make sense of the present calamity of disinformation by looking through Kierkegaard’s philosophical musings.

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Reflecting on the Vincentian Innovation Summit at St. John’s University: An Interview with Steering Committee Members

180417 Vincentian Innovation Summit (255)Why did you think it was important to feed the Vincentian mission of the University into a summit that’s about innovation, what was the added value of that? Continue reading “Reflecting on the Vincentian Innovation Summit at St. John’s University: An Interview with Steering Committee Members”

Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment: How to communicate effectively in today’s information overflow

IMG_7554Friday, February 2, around 9:15 am: still feeling a little sleepy, I was looking out a glass wall over Manhattan, being illuminated by the morning sun from a seventeenth floor in a building next to Times Square. An inspiring and formative day was ahead of me – Kota Day 2018. Continue reading “Storytelling for Women’s Empowerment: How to communicate effectively in today’s information overflow”

Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation

SymposiumDec-10On December 13, 2017, graduate students of International Communication at St. John’s University presented a variety of innovative projects they developed throughout a class in Design Thinking at a Graduate Symposium. The event was organized and moderated by Dr. Minna Horowitz, who led the Design Thinking class during this fall semester.  Continue reading “Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation”

Impressions of COY13 and the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany

Photo 07.11.17, 12 15 53Written by Julia Theilen, graduate student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

At the closing ceremony of COY13 (the thirteenth Conference of Youth) held prior to the UN climate change conference COP23 (the twenty-third Conference of Parties) in Bonn, Germany, a young woman representing the Pacific Climate Warriors, moved the audience with her metaphorical speech: Continue reading “Impressions of COY13 and the UN Climate Change Conference COP23 in Bonn, Germany”

IICM engaging with UN EMG at Nexus Dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland

geneva-2-e1509024738599.jpgWritten by Julia Theilen, graduate student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

On October 19th, 2017, the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) held the third event of its Nexus Dialogues Series, this time taking place in Geneva, Switzerland. The IICM supported UN EMG in communication activities around the event.

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Ambassador Kai Sauer Speaking to Students on: “New International Order. The United Nations and the Changing Political Thought.”

dsc_6945.jpgOn Thursday, October 12th, the Institute for International Communication hosted Ambassador Kai Sauer, Permanent Representative at the Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations, for an engaging guest talk and discussion with students about the United Nations and the changing political thought.

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When Disasters Strike Digital Communities Take Action: The Impact of Social Media

twitter-292994_640In today’s society, numerous times social media has emerged as the main source of information during and after natural disaster events and human-created emergencies. For example, during recent natural disasters, social media platforms were heavily used to communicate with loved ones, contact authorities, and provide updates on the disaster.

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Sustainable Innovative Collaboration

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Written by Alexis Dursunyan, Graduate Student of International Communication at St. John’s University. 

A round table allows for equal, free flow of conversation and collaboration between individuals. Research shows that circular seating arrangements lead to people feeling a need to belong. ICSB Academy was a series of round tables; inspiring innovation, creativity and best of all friendship. Continue reading “Sustainable Innovative Collaboration”

Presenting Student Works: (1) New Action Plan for Global Refugee Crisis and (2) Overcoming Contemporary Challenges in the European Union

student-849825_1920Below, we uploaded two currently relevant works by Master’s students of the International Communication program at St. John’s University. Continue reading “Presenting Student Works: (1) New Action Plan for Global Refugee Crisis and (2) Overcoming Contemporary Challenges in the European Union”

Scholars Engaging in Academic Discourse at Consumer Identities & Digital Culture Symposium

symposium-13On March 28, 2017, the Institute for International Communication and the Division of Mass Communication at St. John’s University hosted an academic symposium on “Consumer Identities & Digital Culture”. The symposium gathered scholars across disciplines to examine notions of identity in consumer culture. Speakers presented a range of research from historical perspectives to industry practices, from policy questions to race, gender and global diversity, across film, television and social media. Continue reading “Scholars Engaging in Academic Discourse at Consumer Identities & Digital Culture Symposium”