Twice each year, Park scholars participate in daylong seminars (comprised of discussions and screenings) that explore and debate issues critical to the field of communications.
Past discussions have focused on topics such as:
visual culture and the representation of trauma;
women's rights in Iran;
structural violence and the inequities of global healthcare;
children's marketing and the infantilization of consumers; and
the role of technology in the contemporary formation of organizations, grassroots activism, and political change
(A full list of previous topics and readings may be found here.)
For the 2013 – 2014 academic year, Park Scholars are focusing on humanitarian aid, specifically the political (and often hidden) consequences of humanitarian aid, as well as a discussion of media's complicated role in relation to humanitarianism. During the fall semester, they read and discussed Linda Polman's The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong with Humanitarian Aid? This spring semester's reading is to be announced.