Job Opportunities at U.S. PIRG

U.S. PIRG (United States Public Interest Research Group) is a is a nation-wide network of state-based public interest advocacy group with a 25-year track record of organizing on issues, and is hiring over 100 graduating seniors to jump right in and make a critical impact as a campus organizer or in their fellowship program.  For more information, go the OPPORTUNITIES link in the Cultural Communication site.

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Fellowship Opportunity

Buxton Initiative Fellowship Opportunity:  The Buxton Initiative is a non-profit organization that brings together people of different faiths and worldviews to build a stronger and more civil global community. The Buxton Initiative is currently accepting applications to serve as a Muslim Fellow. Described responsibilities, compensation and application can be found on the OPPORTUNITIES page.

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Looking for a New Perspective? Enroll in SCOM 349 in Fall 2012

In Writing the New Ethnography, H.L. (Bud) Goodall  writes that “[a] good story is a good read.  It gives pleasure, enlivens the imagination, and delights the senses.  It appeals as a form of literature as well as a way of knowing.  It teaches through the manner of expression as well as through its claims about the world” (p. 195).  What do stories have to do with knowledge about communication?  Everything!

Ethnography is a word used to describe a broad set of methodologies in which researchers study and write about people and cultures, offering readers in-depth understandings of communication and relationships in specific contexts.  In this class, we will learn how to read and interpret a wide range of ethnographic works in communication studies on topics ranging from family secrecy, bullying in schools, college drinking culture, organizational dirty work, friendships across sexual orientation, and communication in the context of grief and death (and more!). In doing so, we explore how ethnographic methods and writing can assist communication practitioners in gaining insight and understanding into real-world problems, a critical step toward social change, social justice and communicative interventions.

Enroll in SCOM 349 Ethnographic Approaches to Communication Studies to learn more about what narrative has to offer the study of communication, including visual forms of ethnography. Take a sneak peak at the ethnographic film based on the work of Dwight Conquergood that we will watch on the second day of class:

Fall 2012 Course Information:

SCOM 349 Ethnographic Approaches to Communication Studies                             Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:00 – 3:15 pm                                                                           Instructor: Dr. Melissa Aleman

SCOM 349 is a core requirement for Cultural Communication concentrators and minors. There are no pre-requisites for this class and it serves as a wonderful elective to students in all the concentrations in SCOM, as the ethnographies cover a range of topics across SCOM concentrations including interpersonal, conflict, organizational, health and advocacy studies.

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Welcome to JMU’s Cultural Communication Blog!

Welcome to the blog for students, alumni, faculty and others interested in the study of Cultural Communication at James Madison University!  Please follow this blog for the most up-to-date information on the concentration and minor in Cultural Communication in the School of Communication Studies, as well as links to current events, scholarship and news of interest in this area of study.  We look forward to your comments!

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