Dr. Mazharul Haque, a 20-year veteran faculty member of The University
of Southern Mississippi's School of Mass Communication and Journalism,
recently presented lectures focusing on First Amendment issues during
a visit to a Taiwan university.
two lectures at Huafan University in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan,
in May that focused on First Amendment rights in the United States,
the interpretation of those rights and obscenity and indecency issues
involving the American media.
were an opportunity for students at the university to learn more
about the First Amendment's impact on American society. "Taiwanese
students are not very familiar with the First Amendment, and what
it means for the press and freedom of expression in the United States,"
Haque was also invited to speak at Taiwan's Providence University
in Taichung, where he spoke on media, culture and society, and the
evolution of information in post-modern society.
University, I lectured on how industrial societies have evolved,
the latest state of the information society and post-modern society
and how information production, retrieval and distribution are the
main activities (in society)," he said.
to networks of information and cultural experiences in our society
have become as important as, and in some cases even more valuable
than, even property ownership, Haque said.
of expertise include media, culture and international communication.
He has been a member of the Southern Miss faculty since 1984, and
is a past recipient of the Southern Miss Excellence in Teaching
Award. He has directed the dissertations of many international students
at Southern Miss, some of whom now work as professors and instructors
at universities around the world.
Dr. David Goff,
director of the Southern Miss School of Mass Communication and Journalism,
said Haque's visit to Taiwan was a good opportunity for him to share
his research and to help broaden understanding worldwide about the
kinds of principles followed in America in terms of law and journalistic
always worthwhile for people from both the United State and other
parts of the world to sit down and gain a better understanding of
how the media operates in different cultures and societies,"