In 1989, David C. Bicker, Ph.D., organized the first Communication Ethics Conference at APU. He was founding chair of the Department of Communication Studies, and in 2006, after he retired and became professor emeritus, the communication studies faculty named the conference in his honor.

APU’s Department of Communication Studies presents:

The 28th Annual David C. Bicker Communication Ethics Conference: The Ethics of Storytelling

Date: Saturday, February 7, 2015
Time: 9 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Location: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

Keynote Speaker

Terrence Lindvall, Ph.D.
C.S. Lewis Endowed Chair of Communication and Christian Thought, Virginia Wesleyan College

Terrence Lindvall currently serves as the C.S. Lewis Chair of Communication and Christian Thought at Virginia Wesleyan College. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California and has taught at Duke University, College of William and Mary, Regent University, and Wheaton College after beginning his college teaching vocation at Azusa Pacific College 40 years ago.  He has published numerous works on religion and film, and on humor and Christianity including Sanctuary Cinema, Surprised by Laughter: The Comic World of C.S. Lewis and the forthcoming Mocking Saints: A History of Christianity and Satire from the Hebrew Prophets to Stephen Colbert from New York University Press. Lindvall has been married to Karen for 31 years and they have two children, Chris and Caroline.  He and his daughter just published an illustrated children's book entitled The Girl Who Couldn't Laugh.

Keynote Address: “Parables: The Gospel in Nutshells and Other Contemporary Comedic Forms”

The religious parable, wrote P.G. Wodehouse, is one of those stories “which sounds at first like a pleasant yarn, but keeps something up its sleeve which suddenly pops up and knocks you flat.”  Frequently, such petite narratives contain the Gospel in a nutshell; they reveal truths about God's nature and actions or point to ways in which His people are called to behave. Both revelatory and exemplary tales confront audiences to see in fresh ways. The comedic tone of parables infuses them with a rhetorical potency, indirectly persuading hearers and spectators with charm and humor.

Schedule and Directions

9–9:45 a.m. Welcome Session (Wilden Lecture Hall)
9:45–11 a.m. Keynote Address
11–11:15 a.m. Break
11:15 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Papers and Panel Presentation Session
12:30–1:30 p.m. Lunch (LAPC)
1:45–3 p.m. Papers and Panel Presentation Session
3:15–4:15 p.m. Career Recruiter Panel: What are Job Recruiters Looking For? (Wilden, Room 103)
4:30–5:30 p.m. Film, Music, and Mime Performances on Storytelling (Wilden Lecture Hall)

View the full 2015 Ethics Conference Schedule  (MS Word) and directions to Wilden Hall, where most sessions will take place.

Paper and Presentation Submissions

We invite faculty and students to submit brief proposals with title and abstract (no more than 250 words) to Starla Anderson, conference coordinator, at sranderson@apu.edu by November 21, 2014.

Cash awards will be given to top papers in several categories as follows:

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Rhetorical Communication
  • Media Studies
  • Organizational Communication
  • Journalism
  • Public Relations

Cash prizes will be sponsored by CREV, APU's Center for Research on Ethics and Values, and awarded to paper submissions in the area of undergraduate, graduate, and professional categories according to the following areas of research:

  • $100 awarded to the top student paper in Interpersonal/Organizational Communication/Rhetoric; $50 awarded to the runner-up
  • $100 awarded to the top student paper in Journalism/PR/Media Studies; $50 awarded to the runner-up
  • $100 awarded to the top graduate student paper
  • $100 awarded to the top full-time/adjunct/faculty member paper

Papers must be submitted by Friday, November 21, 2014. Please include the division of Communication Studies in which your paper falls under: interpersonal, organizational, media studies, rhetoric, journalism, or public relations.

If you have questions, contact Starla Anderson at sranderson@apu.edu or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3105.

Conference is open to all attendees. There will be no registration fee.