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Nationally recognized researcher to speak at inaugural Hauser Lecture
By Melissa C. Rodriguez, Public Affairs Representative
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Posted: 02/14/2008
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The Department of Communication at The University of Texas-Pan American will host the inaugural Hauser Lecture March 3-4.


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Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield will speak at UTPA March 4 as part of the inaugural Hauser Lecture.
The Hauser Lecture, which is open to all students, will feature Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield, communication studies professor from West Virginia University. Her presentation, titled “When Communication, Humor and Emotions Collide” will be held in the Albert L. Jeffers Theatre from noon-1 p.m. March 4.

Booth-Butterfield is a nationally recognized researcher who conducts research examining the relationships between communication, cognition, and emotion, as well as processes and outcomes involved in humor enactments, interpersonal/relational communication, and health communication.

“Her engaging speaking style is audience-centered and students will leave the lecture with a new understanding of their own communication skills,” said Dr. Timothy Mottet, professor and Henry W. and Margaret Hauser Chair in Communication at UTPA.

Booth-Butterfield will be speaking on campus for two days with her husband, Dr. Steven Booth Butterfield, who is among the 50 most prolific researchers in the communication studies discipline and an independent consultant in private practice.

The Hauser Lecture is made possible by the Henry W. and Margaret H. Hauser Endowed Chair in Communication, which was established in 1989. The endowment was created because Margaret was a communication educator who had a lifelong desire to improve people’s ability to communicate. For more information about the Hauser Lecture, call 956/343-1116.

The schedule of events for the two-day presentations is as follows:

March 3, 2008

Who: Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield

Topic: “How Can I Deceive Thee? Let Me Count The Ways”

When: 8:45-9:35 a.m.

Where: Communication Arts and Sciences Building (COAS), Room 309

March 3, 2008

Who: Drs. Melanie and Steven Booth-Butterfield

Topic: “Differing Perspectives on Training and Consulting: The Many Directions You Can Take With Communication Skills”

When: 7:10-8:30 p.m.

Where: COAS 161

March 4, 2008

Who: Dr. Melanie Booth-Butterfield

Hauser Lecture topic: “When Communication, Humor and Emotions Collide”

When: Noon-1p.m.

Where: Albert L. Jeffers Theatre

Lobby reception immediately following the presentation hosted by the Communication Studies Club and Pearson Publishing.

March 4, 2008

Who: Dr. Steven Booth-Butterfield

Topic: “Leadership Communication: The Roles, Scenes and Styles for Words and Action”

When: 1:10-2:35 p.m.

Where: COAS 172