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SIUE and SIUC to co-host annual Global Fusion Conference

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EDWARDSVILLE — Southern Illinois University Edwardsville together with SIU Carbondale will host the 20th Annual Global Fusion Conference Friday-Sunday Oct. 9-11 in what will be the event’s first-ever virtual gathering.

The goal of the conference is to promote academic excellence in global media and international communication studies. It is sponsored by a consortium of universities, including SIUE, SIUC, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Ohio University and Temple University.

Under the theme “(In)visibility in global communication: Connections and Inequities,” the plenary panel brings together a rising filmmaker and two media scholars to discuss the Black Lives Matter and global anti-racist movement from Ferguson, Mo., to Cape Town, South Africa. Because it is virtual, there will be presenters from the Philippines, Myanmar, India and Europe.

According to Musonda Kapatamoyo, PhD, chair and professor in the SIUE College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Mass Communications, the virtual conference will provide participants with opportunities to network with leading experts in the field, which is beneficial for graduate students who want to pursue doctoral studies at other represented schools.

“Following the conference, we hope to advance knowledge and skillsets for our students and faculty through interacting with influential keynote speakers, inspiring presentations and alternative perspectives,” Kapatamoyo explained. “We have a couple of faculty members presenting at this conference. It is a perfect opportunity for our faculty to share their research and test findings in front of an invested, knowledgeable audience.”

Conference registration provides access to all conference events, including roundtables. To view the schedule of events and register, visit siue.edu/arts-and-sciences/global-fusion. The cost for students, faculty and independent scholars is $30. The conference will take place mostly live via Zoom with some prerecorded presentations.

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