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Upcoming Events

4th Annual Digital Summit

February 25, 2016

The 2016 Digital Summit will take place this year on Thursday, February 25 at the Alumni Memorial Union. This is a day-long event, sponsored by the Diederich College of Communication and Laughlin Constable. A full day of speakers will cover topics like data storytelling, branding, digital strategy and more. Proceeds from this event go directly to a scholarship fund for communication students at Marquette. Visit the Insight Summit Series website for complete summit details and to learn about the pre-summit workshops on February 24.

Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture

February 29, 2016

This year, award-winning documentarian filmmaker Samantha Grant will present the Burleigh Media Ethics Lecture in the Weasler Auditorium on February 29 at 4 p.m. Grant will answer questions and walk viewers through the process of reporting and crafting the narrative for complex film A Fragile Trust. Prior to the lecture on February 24, Marquette University will present A Fragile Trust at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m., also in the Weasler Auditorium. Details for the lecture and screening can be viewed here.

Nieman Lecture

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Zizi Papacharissi will present this year's Nieman lecture on Wednesday, March 16 at 2 p.m. Her work focuses on the social and political consequences of online media, and her lecture will examine the consequences of social media, and specifically Twitter, on recent digitally aired waves of social unrest of the Arab Spring and Occupy movement. Papacharissi is the head of the Communication Department at the University of Illinois-Chicago, the author of four books and over 50 journal articles. Check out the details for Zizi's lecture here.

Big Ideas

Welcome, Dr. Kimo Ah Yun!

The Diederich College of Communication is proud to welcome Dr. Kimo Ah Yun as our new dean. Dr. Ah Yun has been the associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Sacramento since 2012, and he previously served as the department chair of Communication Studies, as well as the director for the university's Center for Teaching and Learning. He has received numerous top awards for his research papers, and he is an expert in interpersonal communication, instructional communication and social influence.


Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our new dean! We look forward to Dr. Ah Yun's leadership, and we are excited for him to start his new position on July 1. He has exciting plans for our college, which you can read about in his interview with our very own MU Wire.

MU Theatre Production Gains Regional Recognition

The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival has selected Marquette University's "Theatre and Social Justice Production" of To Kill a Mockingbird to perform at their regional festival. In January and February each each year, the Center's festivals offer awards, workshops, and a symposia, while recognizing the best competing productions from eight different regions. To Kill a Mockingbird was adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel and co-sponsored by Rid Racism Milwaukee, a group of organizations dedicated to breaking down racial inequalities though dialogue, advocacy and action.

Another O'Brien Fellowship Success

Former O'Brien intern Erin Caughey played a key role in developing the online presentation for "Unsolved: A Murdered Teen, A 40-Year Mystery," a seven-part, weekly interactive series with print stories, podcasts, videos, images and reader guides. Producing “Unsolved” for the Web allowed Caughey to do something that few journalists have accomplished, given the relatively new world of interactive design. She creatively developed ways to display court documents, create investigation and case timelines and portray characters and suspects in the story. Learn more about Caughey's success and the fellowship.

Zappos Spends $5000 to Promote Student Content

Zappos has selected three infographics students created in the Emerging Social Media course and will spend $5000 on promotion. Student Kelly Watts first analyzed Zappos, and after discovering they have a great overall culture, the class created infographics that would benefit the Zappos audience. Listen as Kelly discusses the experience of working on her campaign.

Similarly, another student, Dena Vang, caught the attention of Kohl's with her in-depth analysis on the company's Yes 2 You campaign earlier this year. Instructors Dennis Jenders and Abi Gilman continually bring real-world, corporate experience into their classroom and challenge students to identify trending topics. By the end of the course, students are expected to demonstrate conceptual, creative, and strategic skills required for national campaigns.

Communication Disciplines: One College Eight Majors

As an undergraduate, you can choose from eight majors, from creative advertising and digital media arts to the strategic disciplines of corporate communication and communication studies. If you have an investigative skill set, you might enjoy journalism or media studies, whereas strong problem solvers often find their niche in public relations. And finally, actors, directors, and technicians gravitate to theatre arts, where they can perform center stage or work behind the scenes.


You may also enroll in our Accelerated Bachelor's-Master's Program that allows you to choose any of these majors and earn both your bachelor's degree and a master's degree in just five years.

Faculty Dedicated to Education and Research

From Strategic Communication to Theatre and Performing Arts, Diederich College of Communication faculty brings a wide range of theoretical and artistic skills to the classroom, while seamlessly weaving ethical and social justice considerations into conversations.


Dedicated to excellence in education, faculty members regularly attend conferences and teaching symposiums to further their own development as researchers and educators. Taking a collaborative approach, they readily share what they've learned with the college.


Meet the faculty here, learn what called them to Marquette, and see what their research is all about.