Christians to Give Jones Lecture in Puerto Rico

The 2015 Steve Jones Internet Research Lecture features Clifford Christians, at 1:30 pm on Saturday, May 23 in Ceiba Room, Caribe Hilton, during the International Communication Association’s 65th Annual Conference, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, May 21-25.

The title of Christians’ lecture is “Social Justice and Internet Technology.” Christians argues that the ethics of justice gives coherence and meaning to public communication as a composite of technological systems.  Christians will discuss how the distinctive character of human existence, social justice, is the normative basis for distinguishing human or virtual communities from one another.

Clifford Christians is one of the world’s leading scholars on ethics in media and in human dialogue.  Christians has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has also been a visiting scholar in ethics at Princeton University and the University of Chicago, as well as a Pew Program Fellow at Oxford University.  Over the course of his 30-year career, Christians has explored the nature and role of ethics and ethical decision-making in the worlds of professional media and human dialogue. He has studied the ethical implications for journalism in democratic societies and analyzed how professional programs in advertising, broadcasting, journalism and public relations teach ethics and the process of ethical decision-making to the next generation of professionals.

This event is co-sponsored by the Carl Couch Center for Social and Internet Research (, University of Illinois, Chicago, and the International Communication Association.  For more information about this event, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen,