Social science expert to speak on framing community issues

  • on 16 Apr 2013
  • Blackman Auditorium, Woods Labs
nat kendall-taylor

Nat Kendall-Taylor, Ph.D., director of research at nonprofit think tank the FrameWorks Institute, will speak on “Framing Social Issues: Using the Science of Understanding to Improve Communications Practice.” The talk will be at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Blackman Auditorium of Woods Lab on the campus of the University of the South. It is open to the public, and residents of local communities are especially welcome.

The FrameWorks Institute designs, conducts, and translates communications research to explain social issues to the public and advance the resolution of social problems. As director of research, Kendall-Taylor employs social science theory and research methods from anthropology to improve the ability of public policy to positively influence health and address social issues. His past research has focused on child and family health and understanding the social and cultural factors that create health disparities and affect decision-making. As a medical anthropologist, Kendall-Taylor has conducted fieldwork on the coast of Kenya studying the impacts of chronic illness on family well-being. Kendall-Taylor has a B.A. from Emory University and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles.

This presentation is part of an Easter semester lecture series presented by Community Engaged Learning, the University of the South’s academic community engagement program.

This lecture series has featured a range of speakers from all over the world addressing a variety of topics of concern for people living on the Cumberland Plateau and in surrounding communities. Most of the featured speakers are guest lecturers in Child, Family, and Community Development in Rural Appalachia, a psychology course developed out of a partnership between Sewanee’s Psychology Department and Yale School of Medicine’s Child Study Center.