SC State University’s Professor of Communications Attends International Conference

Friday, March 11, 2011

Shafiqur RahmanDr. Shafiqur Rahman, professor and coordinator of the Communications Program at SC State University, recently delivered a paper presentation on “Media, Democracy and Globalization”  at the International Consortium for Social Development (ICSD) held in Dhaka, Bangladesh.This international conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to meet with several international scholars and researchers on democracy and societal development. I also had the opportunity to share with them about some of the good academic programs and things happening at SC State,” said Rahman. During his visit in Bangladesh, Rahman also met several members of the Parliament, ambassadors, and government and university officials of Bangladesh.

ICSD was sponsored by Monmouth University, West Long Branch, N.J.; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill. and the American International University of Bangladesh, Banani, Dhaka. The ICSD conference program included keynote speakers such as: Nobel Laureate and founder of Micro-credit, Dr. Mohammad Yunus; provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, Dr. Thomas Pearson, Monmouth University; director of Social Development, Dr. Michael Sherraden, Washington University of St. Louis, Saint Louis, Mo.; and the director of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Country, Stefan Priesner.

More than 250 professors, researchers,  social and community organizers from the following countries were present  at the conference: USA, Canada, Germany, France, Netherlands, Croatia, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Australia, Brazil, South Africa, Kenya, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Iran, Malaysia, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Korea and the host country, Bangladesh. All participants presented their research and action project papers in 50 concurrent sessions.

Rahman’s paper presentation outlined the different forms of democracies, patterns of state governance, and models of human and social development in today’s global societies. He explained the reasons of developing these different forms, patterns and models in the West and in India, China and Brazil, and what role mass media has played in spreading messages of democracy impacting on the nature of state governance in these societies. In discussion, Rahman raised several critical media issues and discussed the role of media ownerships, the First Amendment, governmental control, censorship, role of private and public media, media management, international media content piracy, challenges of people’s right to know and free flow of information in developing global democracies.

An abstract of Rahman’s power-point presentation was published in the 2011 ICSD Symposium Abstract Book of the conference. In addition to his presentation, Rahman chaired a session on the papers on Environmental Sustainability in USA, Civil Society and Social Capital in Brazil and Corporate Responsibility in India.

“This conference also gave me an opportunity to speak about recruiting international students for SC State University. I believe this could be a good point of recruiting some of our future international students from South Asia,” says Rahman.

The conference concluded with a banquet and a musical program with local cultural flavors.