Month: October 2019

COMM Speaker Series: Dr. Aisha Nakiwala

Join us for the Department of Communication Speakers Series lecturer, Dr. Aisha Nakiwala for her talk: "What do They Talk About? Narratives of Ugandan Women on Facebook."

The Communication Speaker Series presents Dr. Aisha Nakiwala from the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Uganda. Her talk will take place on Tuesday, October 15, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Arjona 225.

Nakiwala Aisha Sembatya (Ph.D) is a Lecturer in the Department of Journalism and Communication at Makerere University in Uganda. She obtained a Doctorate of Philosophy in Communication in 2017 from Makerere University, Kampala and Örebro University, Sweden focusing on communication for malaria prevention in Uganda.  Her working experience spurned several years and includes academia and consultancy for government, non-governmental and international organisations such as ministries, SIDA, NORAD, UNICEF and Deutsche Welle.

Her area of research, teaching and consultancy have included communication that focusses on the locally situated nature of health issues, community engagement in critical health interventions and more recently women’s mediated narratives. She has published on issues of gender in health communication, children in community engagement and the safety of women media workers. She is a previous fellow of the Salzburg (AUSTRIA) Academy on Media and Global Change and she is currently at UConn courtesy of a postdoctoral research fellowship by Makerere University and Andrew. W. Mellon Foundation.

COMM Speaker Series: Dr. Felicia Pratto

Join us for the Department of Communication Speakers Series lecturer, Dr. Felicia Pratto for her talk: "Over-Attending and Under-Attending to Race and Gender: Experiments on Norms About Social Categories and Communication"

The Communication Speaker Series presents Dr. Felicia Pratto from UConn's Department of Psychological Sciences. Her talk will take place on Thursday, October 10th at 12:30-1:45 p.m. in Arjona 225.

Felicia Pratto earned her BS in Psychology from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1983. She was in the
social/personality program at NYU from 1984-1988 where she earned her MA and PhD by studying automatic
processes, especially those relevant to self-conceptions and person perception. On unpaid post-docs she
continued to examine automatic attention biases (UC Berkeley), and expanded her research on social bias to
address group-based inequality (UCLA). She served on the faculty at the Psychology Department of Stanford
University from 1990 to 1997, and began in the University of Connecticut Psychology Department in January,
1998. In addition to research on social cognition, she co-authored social dominance theory with Jim Sidanius
(e.g., Sidanius & Pratto, 1999) and has since branched into more areas of political psychology. She recently coauthored
Power Basis Theory. She has served as member of Executive Committees, and Program Chair for the
Society of Experimental Social Psychology and the International Society for Political Psychology, and in other
capacities, the latter of which she is now the president elect.