March 31, 2001

"The Intercultural World and the Digital Connection" Rochester (NY)

Intercultural Conference will be held on July 19-21, 2001.

250 word abstracts are invited for possible paper presentations for this sixth and final Rochester (academic) Intercultural Conference, by email: deadline April 9, 2001.

My conference cochair, K.S. Sitaram, Ph.D., Professor of Radio and Television, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and I welcome papers relating especially to intercultural, multicultural, international, and global communication as it relates to digital/cybernetic communication.

A subject of considerable interest to this GKD list, the digital divide, is of considerable interest to us as well.

Our previous conferences (1995-2000) have been devoted to subjects such as multiculturalism, cultural diversity, global communication and media; communication, technology, and cultural values; human rights and responsibilities; and social justice, peace, and international conflict resolution. Outstanding paper awards have been given each year, and besides North American scholars and graduatae students, award recipients have included scholars from Taiwan and India. Typically, there are about 75 in attendance at the conferences annually, with about 50 papers presented, representing more than 50 universities yearly from North America and abroad. Full papers and conference fees are due to me, Michael Prosser, Ph.D., Rochester Intercultural Conferences, Rochester Institute of Technology, 142 Canterbury Road, Rochester, NY 14607 by a June 6 postmark.

The keynoter for this conference (and our 1997 conference) is Tapio Varis, Ph.D., University of Tampere, Finland, who is among Europe's major experts on European media, the internet, and distance learning. Among the plenary speakers are Nobleza Asuncion Lande, University of Kansas, James Buchanan, Xavier University, and Festus Eribo, East Carolina University. Also invited is Hussein Amin, American University of Cairo.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Airport, 911 Brooks Ave., Rochester, New York. Room rates for one or two adults is $92 a night, plus 14% tax daily, July 18-22. Reservations can be made by calling 800-Holiday before June 25, 2001.

The conference will begin with dinner, the keynote, and a roundtable at 6:30, July 19. On July 20 and 21, there will be plenary sessions, selected paper sessions, and roundtables. Conference fees include conference materials, the opening dinner on July 19, a reception on July 20, and the awards luncheon on July 21. Conference participants can enjoy an optional final dinner at Rochester's India House Restaurant on the evening of July 21.

Both Professor Sitaram and I have been Fulbright professors or scholars: Sitaram to India, where he had considerable media experience before becoming involved with American education, and I to the University of Swaziland, where I initiataed the communication studies program there.

We have published two coedited books, >Civic Discourse: Multiculturalism, Cultural Diversity, and Global Communication< (1998) and >Civic Discourse: Intercultural, International, and Global Media<, and have two coedited books at the publisher, Ablex Publishing, Greenwood Publishing Group: >Civic Discourse, Communication, Technology<, and >Cultural Values and Human Rights and Responsibilities: Communication Strategies among Nations and Peoples<. Sitaram is the author of two other books, >Foundations of Intercultural Communication< and > Communication and Culture: A World View< which emphasize philosophical approaches to intercultural communication from the Buddhist, Hindu, and Muslim traditions.

Besides several earlier books, my two most recent books are my coauthored >Diplomatic Discourse: International Conflict at the United Nations< and my edited >Civic Discourse and Discourse Conflict in Africa<. Both Professor Sitaram and I have a considerable interest in communication in emerging societies. In my case, I have had several international students living with me, including from South Africa and Swaziland, and presently three young refugees from the Sudan. I am very active with the South Sudan community in Rochester.


Michael Prosser, Ph.D.

Distinguished Visiting Professor in Communications, Rochester

Institute of Technology

Professor of Communication (in absentia), University of Virginia

Chair, Rochester Intercultural Conferences

Series Editor, "Civic Discourse for the Third Millennium," Ablex

Publishing, Greenwood Publishing Co.