The 2013-2014 Harron Family Endowed Chair in Communication

Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz is Director of the Center for Intercultural Dialogue, a project of the Council for Communication Associations, and Professor Emerita of Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. In recent years, she has been Chercheur invité at the Ecole normale supérieure de Lyon, France, Senior Fellow at the Collegium de Lyon Institut d’études avancées, and Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra, Portugal. She has also served UNESCO as an expert on intercultural communication, presented at the World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku, Azerbaijan, and organized a conference on intercultural dialogue held in Istanbul, Turkey.

Leeds-Hurwitz is interested in how people construct meanings for themselves and others through interaction; how cultural identity is constructed and maintained; and how conflicting identities or meanings can be conveyed simultaneously. She studies disciplinary history to learn why scholars examine particular topics in specific ways; often stops to consider particular research methods or theories; and always takes an interdisciplinary approach to problems. Among her books are: Erving Goffman: A critical introduction to media and communication theory (2013, with Yves Winkin), Learning Matters: The Transformation of US Higher Education (2012, with Peter Hoff), The Social History of Language and Social Interaction: People, Places, Ideas (2010), Socially Constructing Communication (2009, with Gloria Galanes), From Generation to Generation: Maintaining Cultural Identity over Time (2005), and Wedding as Text: Communicating Cultural Identities through Ritual (2002). She has won campus-wide teaching and research awards, and a national service award. Leeds-Hurwitz earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania.

While at Villanova, Leeds-Hurwitz will teach an undergraduate seminar in Socialization to Cultural Identity, and a graduate seminar on Social Construction Theory. Her public lecture will be on intercultural dialogue.

For more information on Dr. Leeds-Hurwitz, visit the Center for Intercultural Dialogue.

Contact Information

Department of Communication
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Villanova University
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Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: (610) 519-4750
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Fall 2014 Courses & Descriptions

Intergroup Relations (IGR) is an educational experience about issues of social justice. One-credit IGR courses are designed to prepare students to create dialogues in situations where understanding and listening are needed. We will focus on building relationships among students from different identity groups (e.g., gender, religion, race, ability, socio-economic status, etc.). Students will receive 1 credit in Communication. For more information, go to

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