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Posted : 2013-08-07 19:22
Updated : 2013-08-07 19:22

Conference to shed light on intercultural communication

Seen is the International Hall at Sungkyunkwan University in Jongno-gu, Seoul, where World Communication Association Conference will be held from Aug. 8 to 12. / Courtesy of Sungkyunkwan University


By Bahk Eun-ji

The World Communication Association (WCA) is hosting an international conference on the theme of "Intercultural Communication in the Global World'' to mark its 30th anniversary at Sungkyunkwan University in Seoul from today to Aug. 12.

Prof. Park Myung-seok, a founding father of the WCA and chairman of Beautiful Community Incoporated Association, will deliver a keynote speech on the topic "Peace and Co-Prosperity in Northeast Asia" at 2:30 p.m. at International Hall Auditorium of the university.

WCA President Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas and Secretary-General Dr. Carmencita P. Del Villar will deliver welcome messages to the participants from across the world. Sungkyunkwan University President Dr. Kim Jun-young will make a congratulatory address.

The five-day conference will include a program titled "Honoring the past: Visioning the Future: a Celebration of the 30th Anniversary of WCA.'' It will honor the passionate, visionary "band of brothers" who talked the WCA into existence.

The WCA is a not-for profit organization founded in 1983 in Seoul, South Korea, as an outgrowth of the Communication Association of the Pacific (CAP) conference in Seoul. WCA members are professionals around the world who are interested in the study, teaching, or practice of communication. They are teachers in formal schools and colleges, informal groups, associations and institutions.

The WCA is dedicated to the improvement of communication worldwide by linking people who hold common professional and personal interests, according to the organizers of the forum.

President Calloway-Thomas, a professor of communication and culture at Indiana University in the U.S., will serve as moderator at an inaugural issues forum on the theme "The Great Divide: Income Inequality and What It May Mean for Global Society" from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday.

The forum will bring together WCA members, Sungkyunkwan University faculty, students and citizens of Seoul to discuss three questions of huge significance to economic stability and world peace: What are the risks of income inequality worldwide? What are some threats to world peace? And to what extent, if any, might intercultural communication, social and intellectual capital be used to forestall risks to income inequality?

Panelists include Park Moo-jong, president and publisher of The Korea Times; WCA past presidents Drs. Caroline Hatcher and Judy Pearson; and vice president of the Latin America region of the WCA, Dr. Javier Protzel.

Other events will take place across the university to amplify the significance of intercultural communication, including cultural performances and scholarly paper presentations on topics ranging from culture, media and technology to communication in the age of YouTube to nationalism, democracy and culture.

Winners of the "Family of Myung-Seok Park Financial Awards for Outstanding Scholarship'' will be acknowledged at the closing ceremony at 11a.m., Monday at the International Hall Auditorium. For information about the WCA 30th Anniversary celebration, please contact Dr. Carolyn Calloway-Thomas at calloway@indiana.edu; Dr. Carmencita DelVillar at secgen.wca2013@gmail.com or professors Baek Seon-Gi (baek99@skku.edu) and Choi Eun-kyoung (cong2004@naver.com).


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