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ULM communication professor presents in New York

Published May 14, 2015

Dr. Lesli Pace, associate professor and coordinator of the communication program at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, was recently selected to present two papers at the annual Museum of Motherhood Academic Conference in New York.


The theme of this year’s conference, “New Maternalisms: Tales of Motherwork—Dislodging the Unthinkable,” brought together scholars from diverse academic fields, mother and child advocates, health care workers, and federal policy makers.

Attending the conference included presenters from Australia, England, India and Israel. Pace’s work, titled “Exploring Attachment Parenting through Music, Dance, and Performance,” focused on enhancing parenting practices by using communication based strategies such as proximity, responsiveness, and sensitivity to create healthy attachments between parent and child.

Her second essay, co-authored by Israel-based researcher Zehorith Mitz, explores the implications of technology on care in the birthing experience.

“Both papers bridge the gap between academic research and daily practices, thus making the work of the academy more relevant to the community,” Pace commented.

ULM students will benefit from Pace’s experience as she teaches courses in the communication core as well as in the communication advocacy concentration.

“This conference serves communication majors well by creating additional networks among advocates across the country and around the globe that students may now access,” she said.