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Indian Fulbright Scholar visits Winthrop to discuss ethics and globalization in mass media

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After arriving in Rock Hill on Wed., Nov. 6, Mathur will discuss challenges for journalists in India as well as a variety of international news and issues. Photo courtesy of Dr. Triveni Mathur.

A noted author, lecturer and Fulbright Scholar recipient will travel to Winthrop’s mass communication department next week to discuss media ethics, professionalism and a growing “communication revolution” in her home country of India.

Dr. Triveni Mathur is a visiting lecture fellow based out of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. Awarded to top university-level faculty around the world, the core Fulbright Scholar Program allows approximately 800 foreign faculty to come to the U.S. each year for a semester to teach classes and give lectures to American institutions. Mathur is currently teaching courses in three separate departments for Mary Baldwin, including the exploration of contemporary India and Indian media perspectives.

She’s also visited the University of Virginia and James Madison University, and said she hopes to visit other local community colleges before she returns to India in December. Mathur is a former journalist with The Indian Express and holds a Ph.D. in communication and journalism from the University of Pune, India.

“This is an age of information explosion,” Mathur said ahead of her visit on Thur., Nov. 7. “As journalists, it is important to read a lot and be able to understand the implications of issues.”

Mathur is visiting Winthrop on the invitation of mass communication professor Padmini Patwardhan. Mathur was an undergraduate student at the University of Pune when Patwardhan had just left graduate school.

“She was one of my top students,” Patwardhan said, “She always impressed me.”

Patwardhan is hoping to implement a strong push for global exploration for mass communication students after building a department-specific global learning plan, which is designed to go above and beyond the effort of the Global Learning Initiative (GLI).

Mathur will be lecturing on “Professionalism and media ethics in India at 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 in Johnson 201 before making a speech on “Indian culture and advertising in India” on Fri., Nov. 8 at 9 a.m. in Johnson 101.

Patwardhan said Mathur will likely be speaking from her own experience in the industry as a reporter for a leading Indian newspaper.

“It’s nice to have someone with a different world view in the same area of expertise that we work,” Patwardhan said. “It offers something new and fresh.”

Mathur said last week that her fellowship opportunity is a unique way to share and learn through international education to work towards global understanding.

“I believe that global understanding through education with recognition and acceptance of diversity and inclusivity, promote the cause and realization of a true ‘one-world’ concept. These exposures through the Fulbright programs become the beginning of long-lasting mutually beneficial relationships.”

There will also be an informal meet and greet held from 11- noon on Thurs., Nov. 7 with Mathur, which is open to all mass communication and integrated marketing communication students.

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