SUSI 2014 at Ohio University Begins with a Big Splash
By Nisha Garud
The Study of the U.S. Institute (SUSI) on Journalism and Media summer program commenced at Ohio Universitys (OU) E.W. Scripps School of Journalism on June 19, 2014. The SUSI 2014 directors, staff, and director of the Institute for International Journalism (IIJ) welcomed a group of 18 scholars from 18 countries to OU. The scholars are comprised of academic educators, administrators, as well as journalism and media trainers.
This year, the diverse group of scholars is from countries such as Tunisia, Chile, Costa Rica, Burma, India, Russia, Zambia, Malawi, Kuwait, Sudan, Hong Kong, Finland, Sri Lanka, Australia, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Philippines . The program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of States Study of the U.S. Branch in the Office of Academic Exchange Programs. The scholars will be away from their homes for six weeks.
SUSI brings international scholars and experts from around the world to learn about and examine institutions in the United States and also to exchange information and ideas about media in their respective home countries.
Ice-breaking sessions, including international visitor orientation sessions, acquisition of OU faculty identity cards, email addresses, how to access and connect to university resources and a tour of the OU Athens campus were conducted on June 20, 2014.
A welcome banquet was held on June 21 where the President of OU, Dr. Roderick J. McDavis presided over the ceremony with a keynote remarks. The banquet was well-attended by OUs international administrators led by the Vice Provost for Global Affairs, Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds , Scripps College professors, and the SUSI staff. President McDavis praised the work done by E. W. Scripps School of Journalism, the colleges international programming and Center of Excellence at large, and IIJ in particular for sending students all over the world to get hands-on experience in international reporting. Associate Dean of Scripps College of Communication Michelle Ferrier said, SUSI brings together culture and collaboration. It fosters the understanding of how communication works in the US and abroad and promotes the spirit of friendship and understanding.
The scholars met their research partners at the banquet, who they would collaborate with to write a research paper or to develop journalism/communication syllabi or curriculum when they return to their home institutes.
After the dinner, the scholars got a taste of Athens during the community music and arts festival held on the bricks of Court Street, called Boogie on the Bricks. The scholars enjoyed drinking, music, shopping and interacting with the local people of Athens during the festival.
During the six weeks, the scholars will give lectures and presentations on various journalism or media or communication topics such as their media systems, journalism practice, political culture, and media policies in their respective countries. They will also tour media houses and other cultural or historical sites in Sugarcreek, San Francisco, Cleveland, Atlanta, Columbus, and Washington D.C.