The Communication Symposium at CMU-Department of English - Carnegie Mellon University

Carnegie Mellon University Communication Symposium

The June Communication Symposium is an annual meeting of faculty and staff from both the Pittsburgh and Qatar campuses of Carnegie Mellon University. The overall goal of the symposium is to build one intellectual community that aims toward developing effective approaches for assisting students to develop the professional and technical English communication skills that they will need to function effectively in the emerging global knowledge economy.

2012: Developing a Transnational Education: Teaching across Cultures and Languages

Please make plans to join us for this year's June Communication Symposium, Monday through Wednesday, June 25-27, 2012.


The theme of this year's symposium is "Developing a Transnational Education: Teaching across Cultures and Languages"

In recent years, Carnegie Mellon has been increasingly developing a global presence in higher education. Our most ambitious and challenging project was launched in 2004 with the Qatar Foundation when we opened an undergraduate campus in Doha, Qatar, joining other American-based universities there.

This year's symposium theme aims to help us, as members of the global Carnegie Mellon University community, articulate some of our lessons learned in Qatar, Pittsburgh, and other contexts, specifically:

  • What has it meant to take Carnegie Mellon education into a global context, and what will it mean over time?
  • What have we learned so far about moving into global contexts, and how can we use those lessons to sustain successes and grow new ones?
  • What have we learned about ourselves as educators and students?

The goal of the symposium has always been to provide an inclusive forum for sharing both the successes and challenges we experience in delivering a Carnegie Mellon education. The theme is thus meant as a broad rubric for inspiring presentation topics and providing coherence to discussions.


The symposium will feature individual talks, thematically grouped papers, and roundtable discussion. For more information, please see the program [.pdf].


Questions about the symposium program should be directed toward Danielle Wetzel or Dudley Reynolds, the symposium coordinators. All other questions should go to Emily Mohn, the symposium co-coordinator.