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October 31, 2012

ULM Communication to host traveling scholar Nov. 5-8

The University of Louisiana at Monroe Department of Communication, in conjunction with the Speech and Debate Forum, will welcome international scholar Zehorith Mitz to the ULM campus from Nov. 5-8, as part of the Traveling Scholars Series.

While in residence, Mitz will meet with students in the Health Communication course to discuss birth and technology, and with students in the American Chemistry Society to discuss the relationship among and between science, technology, and society

She will also meet graduate students from the Department of Communication to discuss the implications of personal qualitative research.

"The work Ms. Mitz is doing sits on the cutting edge of a new trend in the communication discipline,”  said Dr. Lesli Pace, associate professor of communication at ULM.

“In fact, the Canadian Communication Journal is currently working on a special issue with the sole focus of exploring the intersection of communication studies and science, technology, and society. This is a truly rare and exciting opportunity."

Mitz will also provide a free presentation open to the community titled "Communicating with Actor-Network-Theory: Birthing in the Presence of Technology."

Mitz’s presentation will take place from 6-7:30 p.m. in Stubbs Hall, Room 100, on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Mitz earned degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel.

She also held research positions at Stockholm University and Lund University in Sweden.

After moving on from her research positions, she began work on an academic programming project simulating a physical system on a computer, and later served as the administrator of a computer system at the research institute.

Mitz later turned her attention to phenomenology, care of the body, and biosynthesis.

This took her to Lisbon, Portugal where she presented her research on trauma and healing, and then to Bochum, Germany to work with Shaun Gallagher on issues of body, agency, and intersubjectivity.

Most recently, Mitz completed her graduate degree in Science, Technology, and Society at Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel where she authored a thesis titled, “Birth Ontology: Birthing in the Presence of Technology.”

According Pace, ontology is a branch of philosophy concerned with metaphysics, which focuses on the study of being; it is sometimes referred to as the study of how we understand existence.

For more information, contact Dr. Lesli Pace at 318-342-1165 or

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