The USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its International Communication Studies Program at a gala reception and dinner on campus Sept. 9.
As part of the evening’s tribute to William Robert Faith, who served as the program’s director for more than 30 years, the event will mark the formal kickoff of the Bill Faith Endowed Scholarship Fund for the program’s students.
“Professor Faith’s impact on international education at USC is as significant as his tireless leadership of public relations studies and mentorship of students,” said USC Annenberg dean Ernest J. Wilson III. “All of us here at USC Annenberg join in recognizing his great contributions on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the International Communication Studies program.”
The program allows undergraduate and graduate students to study a range of approaches to communication media across Europe. It is offered each summer during a five-week course divided into stays in London, Paris, Rome and Prague, with the first week spent at USC.
In addition to regular class meetings, students discuss the interplay of current world issues and international media practices with communication practitioners from international news and public relations media, government institutions, private industry and global organizations. Past visits have been made to BBC World News Service and Al Jazeera (London), The Vatican (Rome) and the foreign ministry in the Office of the President Europe (Prague).
A high point of the evening will be a tribute to Faith, now an associate professor emeritus at USC Annenberg, who directed the school’s International Communication Studies Program from 1976 to 2006. A new campaign to raise funds for endowed scholarships in Faith’s name will be formally announced at the event.
Faith, who taught mass communication research and public relations at USC, oversaw the undergraduate and graduate degree and research programs in public relations. He earned a B.A. degree at Wesleyan University, an M.A. at McGill University in Quebec and a Ph.D. at USC. His doctoral studies at Columbia University were interrupted by public communication assignments for the Bell System (1953-57) and NBC’s Today Show (1957-59). While with NBC, he became the media/public relations director for Bob Hope Enterprises in Los Angeles, later organizing Hope’s worldwide USO tours. In 1997, he became director of USC’s Emeriti College, a position he held for 10 years.
A cocktail reception at Town & Gown will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. The cost of the event is $50 per person, which includes hosted bar and parking.
For more information or reservations, call (213) 740-1744 or visit annenberg.usc.edu/ics. Those wishing to make a gift to the Bill Faith Endowed Scholarship Fund can call (213) 821-1660.
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