CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Communication and Media at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi hosted a keynote address from distinguished communication scholar Dr. Sandra Petronio on Thursday, April 17, as part of the University’s COMM Week.
Petronio, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Indiana University – Purdue University, Indianapolis, is a highly-regarded researcher in the areas of privacy, disclosure, and confidentiality. Her keynote was titled “Privacy Breakdowns and Managing Dilemmas: What’s up with that?” The presentation explored how we continue to presume control over our information despite the headlines that say personal privacy is dead. Following the keynote, Petronio met with guests during a book signing in the Bay Hall lobby.
“It is important that we continue to bring key speakers to the Island University,” said Kellie Smith, Visiting Professor for the Department of Communication at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “It shows our students what incredible opportunities a degree in communication can offer.”
Petronio’s book, “Boundaries of Privacy: Dialectics of Disclosure,” won the 2003 Gerald Miller Award of National Communications Association and the 2004 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award.
The Department of Communication hosted other events throughout COMM Week including a screening of the movie “Clueless,” with a live tweet discussion throughout the film, and a career night during which University faculty and staff hosted a variety of presentations discussing how to become successful in the business world.