ICAR Speaker Considers Who Can Claim the Moral High Ground

Posted: March 3, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

Michael Huspek, specialist in communication theory and a member of the United States-Mexico Border Project in San Diego, analyzes whether those in opposition to the ones in power can rightfully claim a moral high ground during his brown bag lecture tomorrow at noon at the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (ICAR).

Huspek, associate professor of communication from California State University, San Marcos, will discuss Jurgen Habermas’s theory of communicative action as applied to structural communicative differences between power and resistance. Huspek writes on linguistics and communication theory for journals, and writes frequently about immigration and human rights issues for the popular press such as the Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune. His interests include language and social class, immigration law and policy, and critical theory with special emphasis on deformed communication in institutional settings. He earned his PhD and MA degrees in political science at the University of Washington.

The entire community is invited to participate in the ICAR brown bag lectures. The presentation will be in the ICAR Main Conference Room, A401, at 4260 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. For more information, call 703-993-1300.

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