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Communication professor invited to give prestigious lecture


November 5, 2007

Communication scholar Michael J. Hyde will deliver the 2007 Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture at the National Communication Association’s Annual Convention Nov. 15.

Hyde is the University Distinguished Professor of Communication Ethics at Wake Forest University.  He is also on the faculty of the Program in Bioethics, Health, and Society at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

He will deliver the address “Perfection, Postmodern Culture, and the Biotechnology Debate,” based on his forthcoming book, “Coming to Terms with Perfection.”  In his address, Hyde will assess the current debate over the benefits and burdens of biotechnology and how this debate is situated in and affected by today’s postmodern culture.   He will address what the President’s Council on Bioethics terms the “giftedness of life.”

Established in 1994, the Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished lecture is given each year at the NCA Annual Convention and features the most accomplished researchers in the field.  The topic of the lecture changes each year to capture the wide range of research in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of that work to society.

Hyde is the author of more than 60 scholarly articles and has published five books, including the award-winning “The Call of Conscience:  Heidegger and Levinas, Rhetoric and the Euthanasia Debate” and “The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgment.”

Hyde, who has taught at Wake Forest since 1994, is a fellow of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and a recipient of national, state and university research grants for his work in the “rhetoric of medicine.”  He has served on the editorial boards of Human Communication Research, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Journal of Applied Communication Research, Communication Monographs, Philosophy & Rhetoric, and several other academic journals.  He is the co-producer and co-writer of three documentary films, “Great Expectations: Life and Death in the World of High Tech Medicine,”  “Negotiating Death: A Rhetorical Perspective on Euthanasia,” and “The Life-Giving Gift of Acknowledgement.”  He is the recipient of 12 teaching excellence awards. 

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