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March 14, 2003

UI Visitor To Speak On Conflict in Communication March 25

How does a simple disagreement end up in irreconcilable conflict? Karen Tracy, a professor of communication studies at the University of Colorado, will speak about this progression in her lecture, "Accusatory Talk Challenges in Sites of Unitary Democracy: Resignation Moments in School Board Meetings," on Tuesday, March 25 at 4 p.m. in Room 101, Becker Communication Studies Building.

Tracy studies interactional dilemmas in institutional settings with a focus on educational and justice-linked institutions. By analyzing documents and interviewing participants she examines problems and conversational strategies and develops grounded practical theories that aim to help participants reflect wisely about the ways they communicate.

Tracy has published five books and more than two dozen refereed articles, has edited several special issues of journals such as Human Communication Research and the Journal of Language and Social Psychology, and was editor of Research on Language and Social Interaction from 1999-2002.

Her visit to the UI is sponsored by the communication studies department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the department in advance at 319-335-0575.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: Kristine Fitch, UI associate professor of communication studies,