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Baruch College’s Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute Examines Changing Relationship Between Business And Academia

10th Annual Symposium, “The Future of Communication: Where We’re Going, Where We’ve Been,” Takes Place April 30

New York, NY, April 5, 2010 – In a tough economy, when so many students look to higher education for the skills they need to land good jobs, it’s important to consider which skills higher education is delivering. Are today’s students acquiring the communication skills that businesses—operating in a global, highly technical environment—need from their future employees?

At this year’s symposium, prominent speakers from the corporate sector as well as the media and academic worlds will address the evolving relationship between business and academia. Special focus will be given to the growing importance of emerging technologies, social media and collaborative work in business and education. Additionally, workshops and presentations throughout the symposium will explore the future of oral and written communication in rapidly changing academic and business contexts.

Included among the day’s speakers is Clay Shirky, who consults, teaches and writes on the social and economic effects of Internet technologies, and who will provide the morning keynote address. Afternoon workshops will cover a variety of forward-looking topics, including: social media and how it is changing the way we teach, learn and conduct business; the employees of the future—what skills will they have and how will technology impact traditional standards of behavior and performance; and creating competent writers and speakers for the jobs of tomorrow.

“The Future of Communication: Where We’re Going, Where We’ve Been” will take place on April 30 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Baruch College. For more information, including a complete agenda and list of speakers, please visit

About the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute:
For the past 10 years, the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute at Baruch College has brought together leaders in business and education for a critical dialogue on key issues facing both groups: evolving conventions; the impact of emerging technologies; and how we might collaborate to better enable our students and employees to communicate effectively.


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