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War Scholar to Explore Role of Communication in National Security

Bryan Taylor, professor of communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

Oct. 15, 2013 – Renowned communication scholar Bryan Taylor will present “War Voice: Exploring Communication’s Intrinsic Resources for the Study of Security,” Thursday, Oct. 24, 7:30 p.m. in Room 1110 of the Language and Communication Building.

As keynote speaker for the 27th annual B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the University of Utah’s Department of Communication, Taylor will discuss how communication shapes the evolving relationships between media, institutions, power and identity. Based on his interest in research sites characterized by controversy and crisis, Taylor will explore how various groups narrate the history of the Cold War and the production of nuclear weapons in the United States.

“Bryan’s research on discourse about national security and nuclear weapons offers an important message for the field of communication and the public at large,” said Kent Ono, chair, Department of Communication. “His pivotal research on nuclear policy and a culture of secrecy and elitism that surrounds nuclear weapons organizations could not be timelier.”

Taylor will hold an informal seminar open to the public titled, “The Contribution of Communication Scholarship to the Interdisciplinary Study of Security,” Friday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m. in room 2120 of the Language and Communication Building.

About Bryan Taylor

Taylor received two degrees from the University of Utah, a master’s degree in communication in 1987 and a doctorate in communication in 1991. He is currently a professor of communication at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His research has been published in more than a dozen communication and interdisciplinary journals, and he is co-author of “Qualitative Communication Research Methods.”

About the B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture

The B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial Lecture was established by the Department of Communication in 1986 to recognize Fisher’s outstanding achievements as a communication scholar and to provide a forum for presenting original research and theory in communication. The Department of Communication is proud to celebrate 27 years of continued scholarly excellence celebrated by the B. Aubrey Fisher Memorial