Thomas Jay Harris Institute for
Hispanic and International Communication (HIHIC)
The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication (HIHIC) in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University promotes better understanding of Hispanic-related and international media communication through research, teaching and community outreach. Our goal is to create knowledge and encourage greater intercultural awareness through informed interaction among students, teachers, researchers, media industry representatives and community organizations. The Institute supports on-campus initiatives as well as external activities and collaborations related to its mission.
Thomas Jay Harris Press Conference
- Congratulations to Kent Wilkinson, Ph.D. on being the Higher Ed Subscriber Spotlight for the month of April. Wilkinson has also been featured in the NBC Learn April 2015 Newsletter.
- Seven current and former Media & Communication graduate students presented papers at the Global Fusion 2014 conference in Austin October 24-26, 2014:
Jennifer Huemmer and Daniela Contreras Diaz - "Transcending Cultural Gender Boundaries: From Mexican to American Marianismo"
Crystal Price - "Man or Machine: Does the Male Gaze Apply to Gundams?"
Nathian Rodriguez - "From Oppression to Asylum: A Global Perspective on LGBTI Refugees" and "#FIFAputos: A Twitter Textual Analysis Over the Debate on the Use of Puto at the 2014 World Cup"
Qiu "Yvonne" Yiwen and Lindsey Blumell - "Pacifying the Dragon: The Role of Expatriates in Chinese Media"
Mehrnaz Rahimi, Ph.D. - "How Tolerant Are People in the Diaspora of Opposing Political Views? An Evaluation of Media Use and Political Tolerance Among Iranians in the U.S.A."
- The Washington, DC Media Corps in the 21st Century: The Source-Correspondent Relationship, by Lea Hellmueller, Ph.D., New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
The book explores how globalization affects the relationship between sources and reporters in DC. It provides insights into how evolving journalistic practices in a transnational environment challenge our assumptions of journalism culture. Based on a three year investigation, Hellmueller conceptualizes elements of transnational journalism culture proposing a theoretical framework for future studies.
Link to book on Amazon here.
- The Thomas Jay Harris Institute for Hispanic and International Communication (HIHIC) in the College of Media & Communication at Texas Tech University has taken over stewardship of the International Journal of Hispanic Media (IHJM), publishing its first issue this month. Regents professor Kent Wilkinson, Ph.D. was named as the publication's editor. More information available here!
- KTXT-FM Radio Program About "El Grito," Mexico's Independence Celebration on September 16
This 30-minute program includes interviews of Texas Tech faculty and students that were conducted by students enrolled Prof. Kent Wilkinson's International Electronic Media class in Fall 2012. The show was produced by College of Media & Communication graduate students Daniela Contreras-Diaz and Nate Rodriguez.
listen to the program here
- Thomas Jay Harris Press Conference
On September 4, 2013 Texas Tech University hosted a press conference to announce the renaming of both the Institute for Hispanic and International Communication and the Regent's Professorship in Hispanic and International Communication in recognition of a generous gift from the estate of Thomas Jay Harris, a Texas Tech graduate and former editor of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Mr. Harris was a strong advocate of international education and cross-cultural learning. The HIHIC's affiliated faculty and staff appreciate the gift and will continue to work hard, and thoughtfully, to meet Texas Tech's strategic goal of preparing ethical learners for a diverse, globalizing world.
- CoMC Honors Late Newspaper Editor, Daily Toreador
- Texas Tech Receives Gift to Support Hispanic Communications Institute, Texas Tech Today
- Tech Names Hispanic Communication Institute after Former A-J Editor, Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
- Texas Tech Names Hispanic Comm Institute After Former Editor, HispanicBusiness.com
- Reaching Audiences Conference
“Reaching Audiences: Exploring Opportunities in Hispanic Media and Market Research” a conference co-sponsored with Dr. Erik Bucy, Marshall and Sharlene Formby Professor in Strategic Communication March 3-4 in the College of Media & Communication.