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Conference Archive

Conference History

The Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies and the Communication Ethics Institute host both the Biennial National Communication Ethics and the Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conferences in alternate years.

Biennial National Communication Ethics Conference

The First National Communication Ethics Conference was held in 1990 at Kellogg Biological Station Education Center on Gull Lake in Hickory Corners, Michigan. The first directors of the conference were James A. Jaksa and Michael S. Pritchard, Western Michigan University.

At the conference, the James A. Jaksa Scholar in Residence Award is presented to a scholar in the field of communication ethics whose publication record is outstanding and noteworthy.

Past Awardees include:

  • 2016: Lisbeth Lipari
  • 2014: Pat Gehrke
  • 2012: Brenda Allen
  • 2010: Calvin O. Schrag
  • 2008: Ronald C. Arnett
  • 2006: John Stewart
  • 2004: Cliff Christians
  • 2002: Richard Johannesen*
  • 1996: Julia T. Wood
  • 1994: Franklin S. Haiman

*This was the first year the Scholar in Residence Award was associated with Jaksa.

The conference has been held on the campus of Duquesne University biennially from 2004 to the present.

Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference

The first Biennial Philosophy of Communication and 6th I.C.I. Summer Conference was held in 2013 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 2015, the 2nd Biennial Philosophy of Communication Conference met independently.

At the conference, beginning in 2015, the Richard L. Lanigan Philosophy of Communication Scholar Award is presented to a scholar in the field of philosophy of communication whose publication record is outstanding and noteworthy.

Past Awardees include:

  • 2017:  Algis Mickunas
  • 2015: Calvin O. Schrag

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