WFI Symposium (Oct. 21-22) brings together scholars, activists and communication practitioners with a common interest in dialogue around issues of communication and social justice
VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society (WFI) at Villanova University was founded on the principle that the study and practice of communication requires attention to values, ethics and social justice. Properly understood, communication is central to the creation of positive social change.
On Oct. 21-22, WFI will host a symposium focused on the timely topic, “The Challenge of Communicating Truth." According to Bryan Crable, Ph.D., founding director of the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, the inspiration for this important dialogue came from the work of Barnett Pearce of the CMM Institute for Personal and Social Evolution – with particular emphasis on the role of communication in making better social worlds and upon the practical nature of theory.
“One of the easiest things to say is simply 'tell the truth!' But what does that actually mean?,” Dr. Crable said. “By this we mean questions such as: How do you tell the truth? Whose truth do you tell? Who gets to tell the truth? Who doesn’t? To whom do you tell the truth? What happens between those telling opposing truths? We’re hoping to interrogate such issues through a focused conversation among those doing innovative, communication-focused work in activism and scholarship."
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WFI promotes the study of mission-driven communication, emphasizing ethical leadership, social justice and community and the ability of those key influencers to create a more just world. Towards that goal, the Institute is focused on three central activities:
About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's five colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them.