Graduate Communication Series

Welcome to the Graduate Communication Series! The series brings you academics and professionals to cover special topics in communication ranging from international communication to current media trends.

Times for each event start at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. There is also a study session with a communication faculty member at 5:30 pm. Refreshments are available. If you have any questions, please contact Esen Dukanci at edukanci@lasell.edu or 617-243-2055. We hope you join us!

Spring 2016 Speakers:

Michael LarameeJanuary 27, 2016 | Dr. Michael Laramee
“Cultural Stereotypes and Film: Breaking Down Boundaries”
Location: Campus Center, Room 223A-B


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Michael Laramee, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, is a film and media studies specialist who is currently in his sixth year teaching communication, mass media and film studies courses at Lasell College. He has published articles on African cinema in Rethinking Third Cinema: The Role of Anti-Colonial Media and Aesthetics in Postmodernity (Lit-Verlag Berlin, 2009), Jean Rouch in Three Documentary Filmmakers: Errol Morris, Ross McElwee, Jean Rouch (SUNY press, 2008), and a forthcoming chapter in a book about the Nigerian film industry from his dissertation, “Digital Zoom on the Video Boom: Close Readings of Nigerian Films,” for which he did extended in-depth interviews in Nigeria and the U.S. His primary research interests include film history, postcolonial studies, media studies, and African film and video, recently completing his dissertation on Nollywood.

Steve QuigleyFebruary 10, 2016 | Professor Steve Quigley
“Community vs. Audience: New Roles and Promise for Tomorrow's Organizational Communicator”
Location: Campus Center, Room 223A-B


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Torn between a career in city planning and human services, Steve split the difference and joined VISTA to work with teens in the inner city. There, he found a wife, a calling and a lifelong passion for using communication to nurture meaning and connection. Now in his sixteenth year teaching public relations at Boston University, Steve continues to find joy in the power of communication to create meaning and to bring people and organizations together. Before joining the B.U. faculty, Steve served as partner in a public relations firm and is past-president of PRSA Boston.

President Michael AlexanderFebruary 24, 2016 | President Michael Alexander
“Organizational Communication”
Location: Campus Center, Room 223A-B

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Michael Alexander became the ninth president of Lasell College on July 1, 2007, after successful corporate careers, first in media and entertainment and then in technology. In 1981, Michael began a substantial career with MCA, Inc. From 1988-1993 he served as President and General Manager of WWOR-TV. In 1993, Michael formed a limited partnership to invest in computer software companies, which led to the acquisition of Intermetrics. Michael served as Chairman and CEO of Intermetrics and its acquisitions, merging with the Titan Corporation, a publicly traded NYSE company, in 2000. Prior to his acceptance of the Lasell College presidency, Michael was Managing Partner and Founder of Echo Bridge Entertainment, LLC. Michael earned his A.B. degree in History and Literature from Harvard University, his M.A. degree in Education from Ohio State University, and completed the coursework toward his doctorate at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Otto LerbingerMarch 30, 2016 | Dr. Otto Lerbinger
“Global Corporate Affairs”
Location: Campus Center, Room 223A-B


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Otto Lerbinger is Professor Emeritus at Boston University, currently specializing in crisis management and international public relations. His past work was in corporate public affairs. He has given seminars in Australia, Bahrain, Chile, China, Colombia, England, Hong Kong, and New Zealand. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics and Social Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Erin VicenteApril 13, 2016 | Dr. Erin Vicente
“The Lost Art of Rhetoric: Audience, Appeals, and Persuasion”
Location: Campus Center, Room 223A-B


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Erin Vicente, Ed.D., is Assistant Professor of Communication. She earned her Doctor of Education in Organizational Communication and Leadership at Northeastern University. In addition to teaching Communication courses at several area colleges, Erin has also held senior account executive and financial planning positions at Viacom, CBS Radio, Boston as well as Fleet Boston Financial. Erin has involved her Lasell students in excellent service-learning projects; she serves as Director of the Speaking Across the Curriculum Program.

Edward DownesApril 27, 2016 | Dr. Edward Downes
“The U.S. Congress' Messengers”
Location: Stoller, 2nd Floor of Brennan Library


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Edward J. Downes, Ph.D., M.P.A. is an associate professor of public relations at the College of Communication at Boston University. Prior to joining academia, he worked for the United States Congress, national trade associations, and large and small businesses located throughout the nation’s capital. He has presented over 30 peer-reviewed papers, recently addressing international conferences in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, India, England, and Dubai, UAE. He has published studies in scholarly journals ranging from Journalism & Mass Communication Educator to the Journal of Public Relations Research. He anticipates his first book, Press Secretary: The Story of Capitol Hill’s Image Makers, will be published this year.

Past Speakers:

Sarah BurrowsApril 22, 2015 | Sarah Burrows, Ed.D.
“Professional Internship & Job Search Strategy”


Assistant Professor of Communication and Director of Internship Programs at Lasell, Dr. Sarah Burrows has 18 years of experience in the field of experiential education. Burrows has a background in broadcast production, advertising, and non-profit communications. She holds an M.S. in Communications Management from Simmons College, a B.F.A. from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership & Communication from Northeastern University. With expertise in project management, group facilitation, individual counseling, skills assessment and marketing communications, Burrows works across Lasell with both undergraduate and graduate students. She is a member of Cooperative Education & Internship Association (CEIA) and New England Association for Cooperative Education and Field Experience (NEACEFE) and is a presenter at their annual professional conferences.


Dana JanbekApril 8, 2015 | Dana Janbek, Ph.D.

“The Syrian Refugee Crisis: Notes from Jordan”

Professor Dana Janbek has been teaching at Lasell College since 2009. Prior to her time at Lasell, she worked for several institutions, including as a student teacher at Americana Community Center in Louisville, KY, and as a teaching assistant and then instructor at the University of Miami School of Communication in Coral Gables, FL, where she also obtained her Ph.D. Professor Janbek has published several articles and co-authored the book Global Terrorism and New Media: The Post Al-Qaeda Generation. She has commented on key issues for the Boston Globe and Christian Science Monitor, BBC, CNN, FOX25, among other media outlets.


Caryl Rivers March 25, 2015 | Caryl Rivers

“The New Soft War on Women”

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Boston University journalism professor Caryl Rivers was the 2007 winner of the Helen Thomas Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is a nationally known author, journalist, columnist, media critic and professor of journalism at Boston University, and has been reporting about—and commenting on—American life and politics for four decades. As a Washington newspaper correspondent, she cut her journalistic teeth on the civil rights movement and the Kennedy presidency. Later, she wrote on the Vietnam debate, the women’s movement, the rise of the political right, the battles over political correctness and the divides over race, class and gender that have often convulsed the nation for U.S. newspapers and magazines.


Harvey JassemFebruary 25, 2015 | Harvey Jassem

“Stop in the Name of Love: Urban Communication Studies in General & Specific”

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Harvey Jassem, Ph.D. (U. Wisconsin) is Professor of Communication at the University of Hartford specializing in mediated communication, communication law and policy, emerging media, and alternative media. Despite his interest in emerging media, he enjoys black and white films and vinyl record albums. He is a Founder and Director of the Urban Communication Foundation and has been a Scholar in Residence at New York University, MIT's Media Lab, a Fellow of the American Council on Education, and hosts a weekly jazz program on WWUH-FM. His recent work has focused on the audio environment of stadia, signs, and urban communication legal issues.


Luis Lopez-PreciadoFebruary 11, 2015 | Luis Lopez-Preciado, Ph.D.

“Advertising and the Super Bowl”

Professor Luis Lopez-Preciado is an Assistant Professor of Integrated Marketing Communications in the Communication Department at Lasell College. He holds an undergraduate degree in Communication with a concentration in advertising from his native Mexico; an MA in Advertising from the prestigious Advertising program at the University of Texas at Austin; and a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Miami, where he did his doctoral work on the advertising practice of account planning (AP). His research has focused specifically on the way AP has been implemented in Spanish-speaking countries. As a native Mexican he did not grow up with football; however, he is now a fan of the sport, and during the Super Bowl two of his passions come together.


Rick RizzoNovember 12, 2014 | Rick Rizzo

“IMC in Middle East Healthcare: Reaching Diverse Audiences with a Clear Message”

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Rick Rizzo, MBA, is an IMC consultant for several organizations and an adjunct instructor at Lasell. His clients have been in the Middle East, South Asia and the United States. Before teaching, he spent over 20 years in various management roles, including Marketing, Operations, and General Management. Rick lived and worked in the Middle East for several years, teaching business communications to Arab women students. He has also lived in Sri Lanka and Europe. He focuses on communication across cultural boundaries.


Lucille SalhanyOctober 29, 2014 | Lucie Salhany

“From Couch Potato to the Front Office”

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Lucille Salhany is currently President/CEO of her own consulting company JHMedia and a full time consultant for Paula Deen Enterprises. In 2002 she was one of the founding partners of Echo Bridge Entertainment and currently serves on the board of that company. From 1999-2002 she held the position of President/CEO of LifeFX Networks, Inc. In 1994 as Chief Executive Officer and President, Salhany launched UPN (United Paramount Network) where she debuted such programs as Star Trek: Voyager and Moesha. Prior to UPN, Salhany was the first woman in history to head a television network when she took on the role of Chairman of Fox Broadcasting from January 1993 to July 1994.


Paola PradoOctober 15, 2014 | Dr. Paola Prado

“The Girls of El Seybo: Logging in to a Different Mañana”

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Paola Prado, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Journalism and Digital Media in the Communication Department at Roger Williams University, specializes in digital inclusion, digital journalism, and multimedia production. Her research focuses on the adoption of information and communication technologies for development and social change in Latin America. She is the co-creator of the Community Communicators journalism and multimedia workshop program, which trains community reporters in under-privileged rural areas in Colombia and the Dominican Republic. Prado has authored journal articles and book chapters on topics related to digital inclusion, media diversity, and the impact of the Internet on gender roles in Latin America. A pioneer in online media, Prado directed content for the Latin American and U.S. Latino arm of RealNetworks. Prado began her professional career at the Reuters television news agency.


Sarahbeth GoldenOctober 1, 2014 | Sarahbeth Golden, Ph.D.

“Taking out the Trash: Deconstructing Reality TV”

Sarahbeth Golden is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and a television enthusiast. With a background in clinical psychology, her research interests span romantic relationship functioning, sex education challenges, and parent-child attachment. Fascinated by human behavior and relationships, she has developed an embarrassing taste for shows like The Bachelor and takes great pleasure in unpacking the problematic and sometimes offensive depictions of women, men, people of color, and any other group that gets stereotyped. She enjoys teaching students to become more critical media consumers.


Brian WardygaSeptember 17, 2014 | Brian J. Wardyga, Ed.D

“Video Games”

Brian Wardyga has taught in higher education since 2002. He holds a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Liberty University, a Master’s in Television from Boston University, and a Bachelor's in Communication from Bridgewater State. Beyond Lasell, he has taught at Boston University, Curry College, Fisher College and University of Massachusetts, Boston. He currently works as an Associate Professor of Communication and General Manager of Radio at Lasell College. Professionally, Brian worked for 10 collective years as a Stage Manager and Computer Graphics Technician at WCVB-TV ABC5, an Associate Director for WLVI-TV WB56, and as a Post Production Assistant at WGBH PBS2.


Erin VicenteApril 30, 2014 | Professor Erin Vicente

“The Lost Art of Rhetoric: Audience, Appeals, and Persuasion”

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Edward DownesApril 16, 2014 | Dr. Edward Downes

“Messages from 'The Hill': Where 'Hacks, Flacks, and Spin Doctors' Meet 'the Good Citizens of the United States'”

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See bio.

 

Steve QuigleyApril 2, 2014 | Professor Steve Quigley
“A New Day for Public Relations: The Return of Engagement, Authenticity and Voice.”

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Otto LerbingerFebruary 26, 2014 | Dr. Otto Lerbinger
“An Approach to International Public Relations”

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President Michael AlexanderFebruary 12, 2014 | President Michael Alexander
“Organizational Communications”

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See bio

 

Michael LarameeJanuary 29, 2014 | Michael Laramee, Ph.D.
“Cultural Stereotypes and Film: Breaking Down Boundaries”

See bio