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August E. "Augie" Grant

“Communication and Information Research in an Age of Convergence” is the theme of the College of Communication and Information’s thirty-fifth annual Research Symposium on February 27 on the UT campus.

August E. "Augie" GrantAugust E. “Augie” Grant, the J. Rion McKissick Professor of Journalism at the University of South Carolina, will deliver the keynote address. He will speak on “Convergence and Disruption: The New Research Paradigms.”

The symposium will be held in the Communications Building Auditorium (Room 321), with the poster session located in the foyer outside the auditorium. A lunch will be held in the Scripps Convergence Lab (Communications Building Room 402). Tickets to the lunch are $10. All other events during the symposium are free and open to the public.

“The theme of this year’s symposium highlights the changes that are leading to the transformation and convergence of the fields of communication and information,” said CCI Dean Mike Wirth.

“Our keynoter, Augie Grant, is an internationally known expert on media convergence and technology. His talk will set the tone for what promises to be an exciting day of paper presentations, posters, and discourse,” Wirth said.

The symposium begins at 9:00 a.m. with a continental breakfast in the CCI lobby, followed by Grant’s keynote address at 9:30 a.m.

Research paper presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium on the topic of “New Roles for Media in Society,” and the poster session begins at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby.

Lunch begins at 12:15 p.m. in the Scripps Convergence Lab. The next paper presentation session begins at 1:45 p.m. in the auditorium on the topic of “Media’s Role in Society.”

The final paper presentation session begins at 2:45 p.m. in the auditorium on the topic of “Science Communication,” and the closing comments and awards ceremony are set for 3:30 p.m. Awards will be given to the best paper by undergraduate students, the best paper by master’s students, the best collaborative paper by faculty and doctoral students, and the best poster.

For more information about the symposium program, call 865-974-6651 or visit the symposium website.


Charles Primm (865-974-5180,