Comm Studies News: Students Venture to Japan, Lisbon, Barcelona; Student Effort Supports Burn Victims, Professors Collaborate With Windsor Political Science

Comm Studies Has Global Impact From Lisbon to Barcelona


Emerson Students in Blanquerna School in Barcelona, Spain

The Barcelona workshop poses for a group photo at Emerson’s sister school Blanquerna

A group of 14 students returned from the Barcelona sports communication and global public relations workshop this past week with several students also visiting Lisbon as a part of the international trip.The primary event took place at Emerson’s sister school in Barcelona, Blanquerna whom Emerson has had a relationship with since 1992 when students ventured to the Olympics

Students who made the trip had meetings at the Barcelona City Hall, spoke with City Hall officials and also received a tour of local Parliament, the oldest in Europe. In addition to the students going on this trip,  Professor Linda Gallant, the graduate coordinator in Communication Studies, presented a paper on technology and communication and a professor from Suffolk, Gloria Boone,  presented a paper on the founder of the Barcelona university, Ramon Llull and how his work was a forerunner of Google.

blanquerna barcelona photo of emerson students and faculty“Due to the support from President Pelton, we will have a professor exchange this fall and student exchanges to allow Emerson even more global opportunities for learning and exploration,” said Dr. Greg Payne, Chair of Communication Studies at Emerson. “We will also host a conference in October in Boston on political communication in which professors and students from Barcelona will participate.”

Throughout the trip, students took turns documenting their experiences in the form of short snippets and blogs. To read some of their work and learn about their personal engagement, check out the Barcelona Workshop Entries.

Emerson Professors Collaborate With Windsor Political Science Department

Professor Vincent Raynauld Emerson and Windsor University

Assistant Professor Vincent Raynauld lectures during a collaborative workshop with the Political Science Department at Windsor University

Early this past week, Prof. Vincent Raynauld invited graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor (Canada) to join the weekly lecture for his undergraduate Global Political Communication Class.

His presentation, titled “What’s #Trending in Canadian (and U.S.) Politics? Unpacking Newer Forms of Political Communication” took a comparative look at newer dynamics of political communication in Canada and the United States.

Students at the University of Windsor were able to ask questions and interact with Emerson College students throughout the presentation. Prof. Raynauld and Prof. Emmanuelle Richez – his University of Windsor counterpart – are determined to repeat the experience on a more frequent basis over the next few years

Emerson Students Organize Event to Support Burn Victims, Local Nonprofit

Come support individuals aided by local nonprofit HandReach for Ignite the Night: A Celebration Benefiting Burn Thrivers Worldwide. The evening festivities will be set to the tune of burn thriver DIgnite the Night burn victims event with emerson college an Caro’s drumming, topped with performances by the Treblemakers, Paradise Lost, and Muji Karim, and complete with edible treats. It’ll be a night fueled by support for the burn survivor, or rather, burn thriver community, in Boston and across the globe.

Worldwide, burn injuries are the most underfunded injury, and HandReach is extending help across the map to ensure the best practices in pediatric burn and amputee care and rehabilitation are available in places they’re needed most. HandReach is the sole American-based organization helping burn thrivers internationally by maximizing institutions’ abilities to treat complex injuries and promote full rehabilitation for children, regardless of income and no matter how far away the corner of the world they occupy.

For more information about Ignite the Night and HandReach check out and like the organizations on Twitter and Facebook.

Comm Studies, Journalism Students Venture to Japan

Emerson College journalism and comm studies students in japan

Comm Studies and Journalism students pose for a photo in Japan

Emerson College took 23 uindergrads from Communication Studies and Journalism to Japan as part of the  Inouye Scholars Program, a competitive and prestigious government-affiliated grant administered by the U.S.-Japan Council’s Public Diplomacy Project.  The group visited Japan’s historic cities and political landmarks and were chaperoned by 2 faculty members.

Paul Niwa, Chair of Journalism and Mary Eberhardinger, Lecturer in Communication Studies accompanied the students who will use the experience for their capstone projects

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