This spring, the Center for Global Public Relations has developed new initiatives and programs to get students, practitioners, scholars, and educators involved in the global dialogue about international public relations.
CGPR staff have designed and implemented a monthly professional speaker series. This series, titled “PR Power Hour,” features Center advisory board members who come on campus to talk to students. In January, Joe Carleo, APR discussed Charlotte diversity and why it matters to a PR student. This month, Natalia Flores, APR, director of Fusion Communications, will give students insider tips on their first jobs in PR in her session titled, “The Top Ten Tips for PR Newbies.”
|Spring 2011 Staff Members|
The Center will also host an International Public Relations Teaching Colloquium on Thursday, April 19 from 1pm-3pm in UNC Charlotte’s Student Union, Room 200. This colloquium will feature faculty who teach international public relations and practitioners who can bring unique insights into what should be taught in such courses as well as make general curricular recommendations. The colloquium will be relatively informal but promises to be quite substantive. It will be of great value to faculty, including those who perhaps are not teaching international public relations courses presently but who might want to develop such a course for their institutions.
Finally, CGPR will host its Second Annual Global Research Conference on Friday, April 20. Last year, at the first annual conference, approximately 60 people were in attendance; this year, we're expecting around 75 attendees. The participants come from all around the United States. Last year, we also had participants from Indonesia and Russia.
During the morning session, the conference will include roundtable discussions as scholars and practitioners present their research on topics including public diplomacy, corporate social responsibility, social media, and globalization. Following the keynote speaker, there will be a global panel featuring scholars and practitioners speaking on public relations in various cultures. Speakers include Oliver Schmidt (C4CS), Joe Epley (Epley Consulting) and Dr. Juan Carlos Molleda (University of Florida).