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Kenneth E. Andersen

Content Area: Communication Ethics and Argument

Kenneth E. Andersen (Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, B.A., M.A. University of Northern Iowa) is Professor of Speech Communication Emeritus at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Persuasion: Theory and Practice and Introduction to Communication Theory and Practice and Introduction to Communication Theory and Practice as well as chapters in various books and journal articles on communication ethics, debate and forensics, academic governance, and politics. He served as president of the Speech Communication Association, Association for Communication Administration and as President and Executive Secretary of the Central States Communication Association and as editor of two journals. Administrative roles at the University of Illinois include Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Interim Head of the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, Acting Head of the Department of Speech Communication, and Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. He served several terms as chair of the campus Senate Executive Committee and of the University Senates Conference and more than two decades as Parliamentarian of the campus Senate. He served on the National Council of the American Association of University Professors and chaired three standing committees. He is a former chair of the Faculty Advisory Council to the Illinois Board of Higher Education and former treasurer of the State Universities Retirement Association. He served for more than a decade on the Board of Visitors of the Defense Information School. He has taught at the Universities of Colorado, Michigan, Southern California and Illinois at Chicago.

Susan Petrilli

Content Area: Communication Ethics and Semiotics

Susan Petrilli, 7th Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America, is Professor of Philosophy and Theory of Languages at the University of Bari "Aldo Moro", Italy, and Visiting Research Fellow at The University of Adelaide, Australia.

Her main research areas are Philosophy of Language, Semiotics, Translation Studies, Communication Studies. With co-author Augusto Ponzio she has introduced the seminal concept of "semioethics".

In addition to numerous essays and articles published in professional journals, she has authored and translated several books and edited many collective volumes contributing to the circulation of the ideas, among other, of Victoria Welby, Charles Peirce, Charles Morris, Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, Augusto Ponzio, Thomas Sebeok, Roland Barthes, Emmanuel Levinas.

Her book titles include: The Self as a Sign, the World and the Other (2013), She publishes regularly in English and Italian. Some of her titles include The Self as a Sign, the World and the Other (2013), Em outro lugar e de outro modo. Filosofia da linguagem, crítica literária e teoria da tradução em, em torno e a partir de Bakhtin (2013), Sign Studies and Semioethics. Communication, Translation and Values (2014), Riflessioni sulla teoria del linguaggio e dei segni (2014), Victoria Welby and the Science of Signs (2015), Nella vita dei segni. Percorsi della semiotica (2015), (in collab. with A. Ponzio) Semioetica e comunicazione globale (2014) and Lineamenti di semiotica e di filosofia del linguaggio. Contributo all'interpretazione e all'ascolto della parola (2016), The Global World and Its Manifold Faces. Otherness at the Basis of Communication (2016), Digressioni nella storia. Dal tempo del sogno al tempo della globalizzazione (2017), Challenges to Living Together. Transculturalism, Migration, Exploitation (2017).

Email: susan.petrilli@gmail.com; website: www.susanpetrilli.com

Patrick Lee Plaisance

Content Area: Communication Ethics and Communities of Practice

Patrick Lee Plaisance is the Don W. Davis Professor in Ethics at the Bellisario College of Communications at Pennsylvania State University. He received his Ph.D. in mass communications from Syracuse University in 2002. His research focuses on media ethics theory, moral psychology theory and methods, and the morally relevant factors that influence the decisions of media professionals. He is author of a textbook, Media Ethics: Key Principles for Responsible Practice (SAGE, 2nd Ed., 2014), and Virtue in Media: The Moral Psychology of Excellence in News and Public Relations (Routledge, 2015). He is editor of The Handbook of Communication & Media Ethics, under contract with the Berlin-based publisher DeGruyter Mouton. He also serves as Editor of the Journal of Media Ethics, which is the flagship journal for peer-reviewed research in the field. He has published more than two dozen journal articles and book chapters. He had a career of nearly 15 years as a newspaper journalist in New Jersey, south Florida and Virginia.

Maria del Guadalupe Davidson

Content Area: Communication Ethics and Crisis

Dr. Maria del Guadalupe Davidson (Lupe for short) is Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program and Co-Director of the Center for Social Justice at the University of Oklahoma. She is also a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights-Oklahoma State Advisory Committee. Her research areas include: black feminist theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, and Africana philosophical thought. Her second book Black Women, Agency, and the New Black Feminism (2017) explores what she sees as a conflict between traditional black feminist and younger black women on the question of agency. She is the co-editor of several volumes including Black Feminism and Continental Philosophy (2010), Critical Perspectives on bell hooks (2009), and Our Black Sons Matter: Mothers Talk About Fears, Sorrows, and Hopes (2016) which was listed as one of the top 10 diverse non-fiction books of 2016 by the American Library Association. Lupe's next co-edited collection is College Curriculum at the Crossroads: Women of Color Reflect and Resist (2018). She is currently working on a co-authored text on intersectional rhetorics. Her next single authored book project it tentatively titled Didactic Pornography: Kara Walker, Robert Mapplethorpe and the Disidentifying Subject of Postmodernity.

Augusto Ponzio

Plenary Speaker

Augusto Ponzio is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Theory of Languages, University of Bari "Aldo Moro". At the same university he founded the department of Philosophy of language in 1970 and the Doctoral Program in Language Theory and Sign Sciences in 1988 (which he directed until 2012). He directs several book series including "Athanor", founded in 1990 (now at its XXVIIIth edition). Most recently with Susan Petrilli he has founded the book series "Reflections on Signs and Language", Peter Lang publishers.

His research interests develop at the intersections between Philosophy of Language, General Linguistics, Semiotics, Biosemiotics and Literary Theory. In addition to numerous essays and articles, to edited and translated volumes, he has published widely as author in Italy and abroad.

As translator and editor he has promoted the works of Peter of Spain, Mikhail Bakhtin, Roland Barthes, Emmanuel Lévinas, Karl Marx, Ferruccio Rossi-Landi, Adam Schaff, Thomas A. Sebeok.

Most recently he has published the bilingual edition (Russian / Italian): Michail Bachtin e il suo circolo, Opere 1919-1930, translation (in collab. with L. Ponzio), introduction and comment by A. Ponzio, Milan, Bompiani (="Il pensiero occidentale"), 2014; and Roland Barthes, Il discorso amoroso, Seminar held at the l'École pratique des autes études 1974-1978, followed by Frammenti di un discorso amoroso, translated and edited by A. Ponzio, Milan, Mimesis, 2014.

He has acted as International Visiting Professor at various universities worldwide - Australia, China, Brazil, USA, Canada, South Africa, and across Europe. He lectures on a regular basis in Brazil, at the Universities of San Carlos, Campinas and Brazil.

His works are translated in various languages including French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese.

See the Wikipedia entry, Augusto Ponzio. Email: augustoponzio@libero.it; website: www.augustoponzio.com