On Wednesday, February 9, from noon–1 p.m. Central Time, the Spring 2022 International Seminar Series, ISU International Engagement, will feature three professors from Illinois State University’s School of Communication: Dr. Joseph Zompetti, Dr. John Baldwin, and Dr. Lance Lippert. This free Zoom webinar is open to the public with advance registration.

The presentation will build upon the chapter they published in 2019, titled “The Internationalization of a Communication Studies Major: A Global Redesign.” Each of the faculty members brings a wealth of experience to the topic.

Zompetti earned his Ph.D. at Wayne State University, and has taught in 30 countries, including Fulbright grants in Sri Lanka, Brazil, and Kyrgyzstan. He currently is a consulting and honorary member of the Center for Classical and Contemporary Rhetoric Research in Tbilisi, Georgia. He teaches courses in rhetoric, argumentation, political communication, and cultural studies. His research interests include the relationship between cultural meanings and democratic impulses, ideological messages (including issues pertaining to fake news and disinformation), and rhetorical expressions of power and resistance.

Baldwin earned his Ph.D. at Arizona State University and has worked at Illinois State since 1994. He studies domestic and international diversity, identity, and intolerance, including issues of diversity, cross-cultural adaptation, and competence. He has written on prejudice in communication, intercultural communication ethics, the history of intercultural communication, and the definition of culture. One of his main areas of interest is the construction of identities in Latin America, especially in Brazilian popular music. He has worked with hundreds of graduate students in his 27 years of instruction, especially international students and other diverse groups of students. 

Lippert is the program coordinator for the communication studies program in the School of Communication. He has published on topics in the areas of organizational, health, and instructional communication. Lippert holds degrees from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and Fort Hays State University. He has consulted for various public, private, and governmental organizations including health care, small business, large and small corporations, education (higher education and K-12), and nonprofits to help them improve organizational effectiveness. Presently, he teaches organizational communication, leadership communication, health communication, training and development, and qualitative research methods. 

The International Seminar Series is presented by the Office of International Studies and Programs and features a theme each semester. The Spring 2022 series is focusing on the wide variety of international engagement efforts happening throughout the Illinois State community.

Anyone with questions or requiring accommodation to participate fully should contact InternationalSeminar@ilstu.edu or (309) 438-1651.