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C.W. Post Honors Conference on Communication Nov. 4 & 5

Thirty-four lectures & workshops on communication, from whale songs and Chinese poetry to politics, the law and popular culture; events are free and open to the public


Morgan Lyle,Assistant Director of Public Relations
C.W. Post Campus,
Long Island University

Brookville, N.Y. – From Plato to whale songs and hip-hop to courtroom oratory, with Chinese poetry, Indian hand gestures and Turkish scholarship lending international flavor, communication will be the theme of the 2010 Honors Conference at the C.W. Post Campus of Long Island University on Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5.

“Communication: An Academic Conference,” co-sponsored by Apple, Inc. and the C.W. Post Provost’s Office, will include nearly three dozen lectures and workshops by C.W. Post professors, students, alumni and guests, to be held at various locations across the campus throughout the day. The events are free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker, photojournalist, international aid worker and C.W. Post alumnus Michael Allen, will give a talk on “Communications and Relationships” in Hillwood Lecture Hall. A veteran of assignments for the U.S. government and the United Nations in the developing world, Allen will be introduced by Long Island University President Dr. David Steinberg at 9 a.m.

Danielle Chin, a C.W. Post political science major who has interned in the state Legislature and helped research a bill on gender equality, will explain the importance of communication in politics – and the perils of careless chit-chat – in “The Art of Communication in the New York State Assembly.”

“Something that is casually stated on the elevator of the Legislative Office Building could quickly spread and become a headline for the nightly news,” Chin said.

Renowned pianist David Holzman, a professor of piano at C.W. Post who has won acclaim for his recitals and recordings, will perform on Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 pm in the atrium at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts. The concert, which is sponsored by the C.W. Post Poetry Center, will include works by Elmar Landon, Chou Wen-Chung and Franz Liszt based on the poetry of Odysseus Elytis, Wang Wei and Petrarch, as well as Stefan Wolpe's “Two Songs Without Words." Members of the Honors Program will read poems that the music is derived from, and students will be invited to enter a contest to write poems inspired by the music.

Other Honors Conference 2010 presentations include:

  • “Effective Advocacy in a Criminal Law Case” by April Peterson, an attorney with the Office of the Public Defender in Hudson County, N.J., in the Tilles Center Atrium.
  • “Say Everything: How Blogging is Transforming the Value of Words” by Emily Walshe, Librarian, B. Davis Schwartz Library at C.W. Post, in the library’s lobby.
  • “Communication with Whales And Dolphins” by Dr. Paul Forestell, provost of C.W. Post and a world renowned expert in marine mammals.
  • “The Hip-Hop Version of The 23rd Psalm” by Dr. Steven Epstein, professor of communications at Suffolk County Community College.

For more information on the 2010 Honors Conference and the Honors Program at C.W. Post, contact Dr. Joan Digby, director, at (516) 299-2840 or


Posted 10/13/2010

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