Noted Scholar to Speak on Civility Dec. 3 at Penn State York
Ronald C. Arnett, Ph.D., chair and professor of the department of communication and rhetorical studies at Duquesne University will speak on the topic of “Existential Acknowledgement: Communication Civility in an Age of Diversity and Difference,” when he visits Penn State York on Friday, Dec. 3. The program, at noon in the Community Room of the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center, is free and open to the public.
The program is sponsored by Penn State York faculty members in the communication arts and science department, the academic affairs office, the arts and liberal studies unit, the diversity committee, and the student activity fee. Following Arnett’s presentation, there will be a question and answer session.
A premier scholar in the communication discipline, Arnett’s research focuses on dialogue, civility, and ethics in the contemporary age. He is the author and coauthor of six books and three edited books, including “Communication Ethics Literacy: Dialogue and Difference;” “Dialogic Confession: Bonheoffer’s Rhetoric of Responsibility,” for which he received the 2006 Everett Lee Hunt Award for Outstanding Scholarship; and “Communication and Community: Implications of Martin Buber's Dialogue,” for which he won the 1988 Book of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association.
In addition to his books, Arnett has authored more than 60 scholarly articles and essays. In 2009 he was named both Centennial Scholar of Communication and Centennial Scholar of Philosophy of Communication by the Eastern Communication Association. Additionally, he received the 2006 Robert J. Kibler Service Award for visionary leadership from the National Communication Association, as well as the 2005 Scholar of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association. He was the recipient of the 1999 Article of the Year Award from the Religious Communication Association and the 1979 Article of the Year Award from the Religious Speech Communication Association.
Arnett is the former editor of the “Journal of Communication and Religion” and is currently the editor of the “Review of Communication” and executive director of the Eastern Communication Association. He is also Duquesne University’s Henry Koren, C.S.Sp., and Endowed Chair for Scholarly Excellence.