Mississippi State faculty members, as well as research and graduate assistants and postdoctoral associates, are invited to learn about a new university partnership Monday [June 4] at 3 p.m. in Mitchell Memorial Library’s first-floor auditorium.
MSU is joining a commentary and analysis website, www.theconversation.com, in which university researchers can contribute articles on topics grounded in academic expertise. The partnership is being funded by the Office of the Provost, Office of Research and Economic Development and Office of Public Affairs.
The informational session will include representatives from The Conversation, as well as university leaders. Topics will include the writing process and benefits of writing for The Conversation. Additional meetings throughout the day are set for college deans, university communication stakeholders and interested faculty.
The website aims to promote better understanding of a wide range of current affairs and complex issues for the general public. All content is published under a Creative Commons license, which means the website is not only free for anyone to read, but also may be freely republished. Therefore, articles published on The Conversation often are republished by national news outlets, such as The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, CNN, Univision, PBS Newshour, Scientific American, and others. MSU’s involvement can help elevate the university’s presence in national dialogue about key issues.
When faculty experts write one article, they may reach audiences through multiple publications, thus expanding the reach of their research. The website fosters a network of thousands of scholars who have written for The Conversation.
MSU Provost and Executive Vice President Judy Bonner said The Conversation will provide a valuable tool for faculty whose research and expertise position them to contribute expert insight on a variety of issues.
The website includes sections on arts and culture, economy and business, education, environment and energy, ethics and religion, health and medicine, politics and society, as well as science and technology.