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Communication Symposium: Flint water crisis

October 24, 2016 In Lakeland University Blog
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Casey Schmitt, Lakeland University’s assistant professor of communication, values and enjoys brisk, respectful, face-to-face dialogue.

Schmitt’s first-year initiative, the Communication Symposium, provides a monthly platform for all members of the Lakeland community to gather and discuss important, interesting issues.

The next Communication Symposium, on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 11 a.m. in Old Main 12, will address media coverage of the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. Everyone is welcome to join this important discussion.

Schmitt describes the Communication Symposium as “an open forum for conversation about interesting present-day topics in communication studies, not tied to a specific class or grade. It’s a place for interested people to intelligently discuss topics in the field.”

Recently, Schmitt hosted and moderated his second Communication Symposium, which focused on the 2016 United States elections. Schmitt and a handful of LU students discussed the first Presidential debate, TV ads and much more.

The topic of Schmitt’s first Communication Symposium, held last month, was the Rio Summer Olympics and all of the interesting storylines those games produced.

In December, two independent study students will present their work and lead the symposium discussion. Schmitt said the long-term goal is to let students take control of the symposium and to occasionally invite guest speakers and experts to join the conversations.

Future Communication Symposiums will be announced on Lakeland Today.

For more information, contact Schmitt at .