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1. Network Economy and Policy in the Era of Globalization (Sep. 24 2013)
Reed was Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 1993-97. He is currently the CEO of the non-profit Coalition for Green Capital, as well as the Principal of REH Advisors. He was a member of President Barack Obama?s Presidential Transition Team (2008-09) where he was the economic agency review group head. Reed is a consultant to Skadden, Arps, and from 1998-2009, he served as a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Company, a strategic management consulting firm. He was Co-Chairman of the Forum on Communications and Society at the Aspen Institute (1998-2006). From 1982-1993 he was a Partner in the Washington, DC office of Latham & Watkins, a national and international law firm and was an associate in Los Angeles and Washington offices (1975-1982). Reed is on the Board of Directors of Intel Corporation, a public company, is an advisor to Infinera (also a public company) and a member of the board of Telegent Systems and Vanu, Inc., both private companies. Reed has been Principal at Charles Ross Partners, a consulting firm, since 1997. He serves as a member of the District of Columbia, Maryland and California bars (former).
Books include In China?s Shadow: The Crisis of American Entrepreneurship (Yale University Press, 2006) and You Say You Want A Revolution: A Story of Information Age Politics (Yale University Press, 2000).
Charles M. Firestone is executive director of the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program. Since his appointment in December 1989, this Program has focused on the implications of communications and information technologies for leadership, the impact of new technologies on social development, and the innovation of new communications policy models and options for the public interest. He was also the Institute’s executive vice president for policy programs and international activities from 1997-2000.
Prior to his positions with the Aspen Institute, Mr. Firestone was director of the Communications Law Program at the University of California at Los Angeles and an adjunct professor of law at the UCLA Law School. He was also the first president of the Los Angeles Board of Telecommunications Commissioners, which advises the Mayor and City Council on all regulatory matters relating to the cable and telecommunications fields.
Mr. Firestone’s career includes positions as an attorney at the Federal Communications Commission, as director of litigation for a Washington DC public interest law firm, and as a communications and entertainment attorney in Los Angeles. He has argued several landmark communications cases before the United States Supreme Court and other federal appellate courts. Mr. Firestone is the editor or co-author of seven books, including Digital Broadcasting and the Public Interest (The Aspen Institute, 1998) and Television and Elections (The Aspen Institute, 1992), and has written numerous articles on communications law and policy. He holds degrees from Amherst College and Duke University Law School.
2. Enterprenuerial Journalism (Dec. 14 2012)
Mark Briggs is the author of Entrepreneurial Journalism, a book about the rise of journalism startups and how to start your own journalism business. Briggs is also the author of Journalism 2.0: How to survive and thrive in the digital age which was published by J-Lab and the Knight Citizen News Network in 2007 and downloaded as a PDF more than 200,000 times in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
3. The Logic of Connective Action: How Digital Media Are Changing Public Life (Dec. 18 2012)
Lance Bennett (Ph.D., Yale University, 1974) is a professor in the
Department of Political Science at the University of Washington.
4. Culture, Emotion, and Negotiation (Apr. 8 2013)
Meina Liu (Ph.D., Purdue University, 2006) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park, where her research and teaching focus on Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, and Negotiation and Conflict Management. A major strand of inquiry that Dr. Liu undertakes is concerned with whether people from different cultures engage in different cognitive and emotional processes, and if so, what effect these differences may have on the way they negotiate, manage conflict, and provide emotional support to distressed others. Her current research investigates culture’s main and moderating effects on the process through which negotiators’ emotions influence their own, as well as their counterpart’s, bargaining tactics and negotiation outcomes. This line of research is primarily quantitative, involving multilevel analysis of data collected from survey questionnaires and behavioral coding of transcribed negotiation simulations.
Dr. Liu has also conducted research exploring culture and communication from a social constructionist, critical-interpretive perspective, using qualitative methods such as interviews and discourse analysis. Dr. Liu’s research is published in some of the field’s premier journals, such as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Communication Monographs, and Journal of Applied Communication Research, as well as a prestigious interdisciplinary journal Human Relations. She has also published in major outlets for Intercultural Communication scholarship, such as the International and Intercultural Communication Annual, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, and Journal of International and Intercultural Communication, and elsewhere. Dr. Liu’s works have been recognized for their quality and significance. She has received three Top Paper awards and four Best Article Awards for her (co)authored works from national and international associations, including the National Communication Association, the International Communication Association, and the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and Gender.
5. Chinese Media?s Presence in Africa Highlighted in Tsinghua-Epstein Memorial Lecture Series on Global Media and Communication (Sep. 9 2013)
The Tsinghua-Epstein Memorial Lecture Series on Global Media and Communication opened on September 9th at Tsinghua University?s Omnicom Building with a lively discussion of ?Shifting power in African communication: new media, new player, new paradigms.?
The guest speakers — Dr. Iginio Gagliardone, a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, and Mr. Adow Mohammed Aden, a senior reporter of Al-Jazeera Television — delivered insightful speeches about China?s growing media role in Africa.
The lecture was chaired by Professor Shi Anbin, Associate Dean of the Tsinghua School of Journalism and Communication and Executive Director of Israel Epstein Center for Global Media and Communication. More than 100 teachers and students attended the lecture and interacted with the experts.
In his lecture, Dr. Gagliardone discussed the media of China and Africa in a multipolar world and the new role of journalists in a world of media innovation. He proposed a framework which aimed at letting China?s role in Africa emerge not simply as a counterpoint to the impression left by the West, but also for its original contributions to the African media sphere, understanding China?s potential to act as a partner, a prototype and a persuader.
Dr. Gagliardone?s research and publications focus on the role of the media in political change, especially in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the adaptation of international norms of freedom of expression in authoritarian regimes. His current research, developed in collaboration with the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy (PCMLP), University of Oxford



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