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Qingwen Dong
Department Chair
3601 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211


Qingwen Dong, Communication, and undergraduate student, Mustafa Babak, '14, presented "Peace and Dialogue in Afghanistan" at the Arizona Forum on Civil Communication, sponsored by National Communication Association, in Tempe, Arizona.

Teresa Bergman, Communication, served as a respondent for two panels, "Rhetoric, Narrative & Public Memory" and "Old and New Media: Photographs, Radio, Graffiti and Blogging" at the 2012 Western States Communication Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Teresa Bergman, Communications, presented her paper, "Chasing Patriotism," at the National Communication Conference in New Orleans, LA.

Sandy Mahoney, Student Academic Support Services, and Jon Schamber, Communications, published "Integrative and Deep Learning through a Learning Community: A Process View of Self," in the Journal of General Education.

Qingwen Dong received University of the Pacific 2011 Faculty Research Lecturer Award at the 3rd Annual Faculty Awards Recognition Dinner, where he gave a lecture on Communication, Socialization and Self.

Paul Turpin  had his recently published book The Moral Rhetoric of Political Economy selected as the top book of the year by the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association. The book was noted for its "rigorous attention to discourse communities as a home for the development of identity, the constraints on visions of justice that are subdued by powerful voices, and the significant contribution of the volume's ideas to communication ethics."

Professors Present

Kenneth Day gave a talk and demonstration of his work on Comanche language restoration in the virtual world, Second Life at the Second Life Community Convention in Oakland on August 14. His session was titled "Numu Tekwapu, Building a New Community of Speakers."

Teresa Bergman delivered the keynote address to the 4th Annual Penn State Behrend Gender Conference on April 2011. The title of her presentation was "Sex & Gender in the Lincoln Memorial: The Politics of Interpreting Lincoln's Legacy."

Marlin Bates presented the paper "World of Warcraft as somatic rhetoric catalyst: Bringing ur-real identity to the real body" at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in San Antonio, TX, in April.

Paul Turpin delivered two papers at interdisciplinary economics conferences in Italy and France in June. "Developing Social Cohesion: Distributive Justice Must Mean More than Distribution" was presented at "Economic development and social cohesion: converging goals?" the Sixth Annual Conference of the Italian Association for the History of Political Economy (STOREP), Minervino di Lecce, Italy, June 2011. "Rethinking Distributive Justice: The Relational Ground for Commutative Justice" was presented at "Justice and Economics: ancient doctrines and modern theories-the Association Charles Gide pour l'Etude de la Pensée économique conference at the University of Toulouse 1- Capitole, France, also in June.

Professors Present and Publish

Dr. Qingwen Dong served as a chair and a respondent to an undergraduate scholar research panel at the Western States Communication Association annual conference. He also presented "Using Tao's Principles to Lead Department in Times of Change" at the annual Academic Chairpersons Conference "Transforming Higher Education" in Orlando, Florida.

Dr. Teresa Bergman presented her paper "The California Railroad Museum Learns its Place: A Critical Analysis of the Representation of the Chinese Contribution to Building the California Railroad" and chaired the panel "Music to Read By: Communication and Community in Music, Blogs and Magazines" at the Western States Communication Association conference.

Dr. Paul Turpin had his book, The Moral Rhetoric of Political Economy: Justice and Modern Economic Thought, published by Routledge (January 2011). The book received the book of the year award for 2011 from the Communication Ethics Division of the National Communication Association. Read the full abstract

Faculty-Student Presentations at National Communication Association Meeting

Dr. Paul Turpin presented "Betting the House: The Problem of Communicating Risk" as a panelist in the "Economics, Communication, and Society Roundtable Panel" at the National Communication Association annual meeting in San Francisco, November 2010. Dr. Qingwen Dong and Dayne Menardo '11, Psychology undergraduate student, presented their paper on "Understanding Southeast Asian Refugees and Increasing Intercultural Sensitivity."

Communication Professors Write Chapter in Book About Obama Campaign

Drs. Qingwen Dong and Kenneth D. Day along with former graduate student Raman Deol authored a book chapter "The Resonant Message and the Powerful New Media: An Analysis of the Obama Presidential Campaign," published in The Obama Effect: Multidisciplinary Renderings of the 2008 Presidential Election Campaign by SUNY Press.

Dr. Turpin Presenting at the Rhetoric Society of America Meeting

Dr. Paul TurpinPaul Turpin is presenting two papers at the Rhetoric Society of America annual meeting in Minneapolis, MN, May 2010: "Solidarity as Salvation: Exploiting the Exigency of the Financial Crisis in Caritas in Veritate" and "Incorporating Online Peer Review into Student Writing Experiences, Including the Humanities and Social Sciences." He will also be a discussant in the roundtable panel "Engaging in Paideia and Promoting Civic Engagement in the Teaching of Rhetorical Theory."

Department Chair Analyzes Voter Error

Dr. Qingwen DongQingwen Dong and independent researcher and former Communication graduate student, Erin O'Harra, have their report on Analysis of Voter Error published on the Pew Center on the States website.