Divine Word University Scholar to Attend U.S. Journalism Program (June 29, 2016)

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea: U.S. Embassy Port Moresby is pleased to announce that Divine Word University journalism lecturer Mr. Patrick Matbob will participate in the Study of the U.S. Institutes for Scholars and Secondary Educators (SUSI) Exchange Program on Journalism and Media.

Ohio University in Athens, Ohio will host the SUSI Program from June 30 through August 12, 2016. The Institute will examine four main themes: media, ethics, and society; legal frameworks for media freedoms; roles and responsibilities of journalism in a democracy; and changing media business models in an era of technological change. 

During the SUSI Program, Mr. Matbob will observe local, national, and international news organizations in the United States, discuss topics with working journalists, and participate in program-focused exercises and projects. He will also have an opportunity to attend the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Additionally, as part of the study program, Mr. Matbob will travel to Cleveland, Ohio; San Francisco, California; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington, D.C.

The Study of the U.S. Institutes (SUSIs) for Scholars and Secondary Educators Exchange Program is a series of post-graduate level academic programs for mid-career foreign scholars, faculty, practitioners, and secondary educators. The purpose of the exchange program is to strengthen curricula and to improve the teaching about the United States in academic institutions abroad. SUSIs for Scholars are six-weeks long; SUSIs for Secondary Educators are five-weeks. These Institutes are comprised of a four to five week academic residency and a one to two week educational study tour to a different region of the United States. During the Institutes, scholars engage in rigorous academic coursework and panel discussions, interact and establish networks with American scholars, meet with experts in respective disciplines, visit civic institutions, and in some cases, participate in research symposia and conferences.  In 2016, SUSI participants will take part in scholar programs under the following disciplines: Contemporary American Literature, Journalism and Media, Religious Pluralism in the United States, Secondary Education, U.S. Culture and Society, U.S. Foreign Policy, U.S. National Security and Policymaking and U.S. Political Thought.

For more information about the SUSI Program please visithttp://exchanges.state.gov/susi. You can also contact the U.S. Embassy Cultural Affairs Assistant Gloria Willie at WillieGK@state.gov with a copy toPDPortMoresby@state.gov.