USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Professor Selected for Oxford Round Table

10- 25- 2007

Spartanburg, S.C. – Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu, professor of journalism at University of South Carolina Upstate, is one of 40 scholars from the United States and Europe who has been invited to participate in the 2008 Oxford Round Table, to be held March 23 – 28, 2008 at the University of Oxford in England.

This week-long meeting of the Oxford Round Table will mark the organization’s 20th year of gathering ministers of education, high ranking government officials, business leaders, scholars and university presidents from the United States and Europe to provide a forum for discussion of current issues that “affect the public good, enrich human experience and enhance the human condition.”

“This year’s gathering will focus on discussion of issues surrounding Internet law, computer law and several aspects of media law and will tackle social responsibility and the difficulties in balancing individual rights and the interests of government,” says Ugochukwu, who was a professional journalist in Nigeria before receiving her PhD in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She also has a background in computer information systems.

“Topics that I will be discussing within the overall theme will include censorship, intellectual property and the comparison of media laws in the U.S., United Kingdom and the European Union,” Ugochukwu says.

Human rights, social welfare, economics, religion, ethics, morals, law, medicine and the liberal arts and sciences are past areas of discussion at previous round tables. The format of the gathering is such that participants present their papers and engage in both formal discussions and informal dialogue.

“This is a most prestigious invitation she has received,” says Jimm Cox, chair of USC Upstate’s Fine Arts and Communication Studies Department, adding that Ugochukwu’s media background, international contacts and global educational focus make her an appropriate invitee for the forum.

Dr. Ugochukwu teaches mass communications theory, law and ethics of the media, communications research methods, women in the media, and news writing and reporting at USC Upstate. Her research interests are in the areas of international communication, race, gender and ethnicity issues. She organizes a yearly conference series, the USC Upstate Diversity Conference, which brings together outstanding individuals who have published interesting books and articles that highlight diversity issues. The series is also open to those who contribute to the understanding of different subcultures or individuals who are involved in activities that promote peace, humanitarian concerns, and awareness of global issues.

For more information, contact Dr. Chioma Ugochukwu at (864) 503- 5352, or email her at cugochukwu@uscupstate.edu.