PHILADELPHIA, PA — In a new virtual context, Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University recently hosted an online event combining two of its signature graduate opportunities: the Graduate Research Forum and the Klein-Carnell Awards. The event, which took place throughout the day on Zoom on Friday, March 19, 2021, showcased some of the most rigorous research being done at the graduate level at Klein during four academic sessions as well as two of our brightest doctoral alumni. 

The awards portion highlighted Klein-Carnell Rising Scholar Dr. Carrie Teresa, KLN '14; and Klein-Carnell Distinguished Fellow Dr. Mary Anne Fitzpatrick, KLN '77. Dr. Teresa is an associate professor and chair of the Communication and Media Studies Department at Niagara University, and Dr. Fitzpatrick is an Educational Foundation Distinguished Professor as well as the director of graduate studies at the College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina.

Beginning bright and early before 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning, Klein alumni, faculty, students, staff and others logged on to witness some of the most prestigious work being done by Klein's master's and doctoral students, moderated by students and faculty. Research panel topics included "Decentering communication from WEIRD contexts," "Shifting subjectivities: Performances of gender and sexuality across genres," "Activism, (mis)information and representation in digital spaces" and "Critical Play." This variety of presentation topics and the ensuing discussions clearly demonstrated the intellectual diversity on which Klein prides itself, and which graduate students enjoy as an expected part of their education and enrichment here.

Presentations also took a variety of digital formats. While many chose to present live in Zoom, others, such as MSP master's student Christiana Dillard, prerecorded presentations and then participated in a live Q & A session afterward. Doctoral students Omar Hussein and Xiwen Zhang served as moderators for the academic and award sessions, respectively. Faculty moderators included Journalism Chair Dr. David Mindich and Laura H. Carnell Professor Dr. Edward L. Fink.

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Klein College of Media and Communication fosters media solutions, innovation and discourse through its manifold research faculty and faculty-practitioners who represent a wealth of industry knowledge, theoretical and field research and groundbreaking technology. With this variety of thought coursing through the college, discussions are always held at the cutting edge of the ever-changing communication industry. Located in the heart of Philadelphia, faculty and students are able to directly apply this knowledge to one of the nation's largest media communities.