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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 27th Annual David C. Bicker Communication Ethics Conference: Blending Identities, Technologies, and Cultures

Date: Thursday, February 20, 2014

Time: 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m.

Venue: Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA


We love clear categories—good and evil, black and white, here and there, news and editorial—but more and more of these dichotomies are losing their edges.

This can result in blurred boundaries, gray shadings, hyphenated identities, and hybrid forms of media. A blending of both, though often put down, can be a necessary and important way to move toward acceptance of things like mixed-race marriages, interpersonal compromises, new forms of story and truth telling as well as cross-cultural understanding.

Breaking these opposing parts can also result in entirely new entities. Blogs may break the clear division of news and editorial but may also generate a whole new understanding of information. Children raised in "Third Cultures" may blend both/many of their "homes" but conceive of identity and location in radical new ways. This conference seeks to explore and understand these new identities being created, new technologies being discovered and new cultures being established.

Keynote Speaker

Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Communication and Fine Arts, Loyola Marymount University

Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D., is dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and professor of communication and performance studies. An active scholar, lecturer and performer, he has nearly 100 publications in leading journals and chapters—along with contributions in such volumes as the Handbook of Performance Studies, Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies, Handbook of Qualitative Research, Handbook of Communication and Instruction, Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication, and the Handbook of Autoethnography. Alexander is the co-editor of Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity (Erlbaum) and author of Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity (Alta Mira) and The Performative Sustainability of Race: Reflections on Black Culture and the Politics of Identity (Peter Lang).

Alexander’s administrative, teaching, and scholarly life celebrates integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge. He has particular interests in identity politics—race/culture/gender diversity, critical pedagogy, and promoting leadership in/as collaboration and consensus building. He sees administration, teaching, and scholarship as informing practices of academic professionalism and student success.

Paper and Presentation Submissions

We invite faculty and students to submit brief proposals with title and abstract (no more than 250 words) to Brooke Van Dam, Ph.D., conference coordinator, at by December 4, 2013. Selected presenters will be notified by December 15, 2013.

Paper topics may include, but are not limited to:

If you have questions, contact Professor Brooke Van Dam at or (626) 815-6000, Ext. 3336.

Registration for the event will begin in December. Details to follow.