18th Annual Communication Ethics Conference

by Tim Posada '05

The Department of Communication Studies hosted the 18th Annual Communication Ethics Conference in Wilden Hall lecture hall on Wednesday, March 30.

Keynote speaker Colleen Carroll Campbell, award-winning journalist and former speechwriter for President George W. Bush, spoke about ethics and related the talk to her new book, The New Faithful: Why Young Adults are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy.

Campbell focused on ethics in media and the Christian response, warning people to avoid becoming part of the "Christian ghetto."

After Campbell spoke, a student panel took place, mediated by Monica Ganas, Ph.D., associate professor of communication studies. Topics ranged from Christians and the arts to how Christians should be involved in a world where values may be compromised.

"There were some really good topics of dialogue," said Kerry Gallagher '05. "We couldn't cover them all, but they were all relevant topics that need understanding for our future careers."

The ethics conference is held every spring and brings together students from Pepperdine, Vanguard, and Westmont universities.

"Campbell provided an avenue for conversation and the student panel just began delving into some of these issues," said David Bicker, Ph.D., professor of communication studies.