WMU News

Talk focuses on corporate failures in communications industry

March 10, 2003

KALAMAZOO -- A Western Michigan University professor will speak on campus Wednesday, March 12, to talk about the reasons behind the corporate failures at AOL-Time Warner and WorldCom.

Dr. Richard A. Gershon, a professor of communication who specializes in the telecommunications industry, will present, "The Deregulation Paradox," at 7 p.m. in Room 208 of the Bernhard Center. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society.

"There has been a lot of misunderstanding by the public surrounding these scandals, but to understand what went on, it's necessary to look at the contributing factors that resulted in the failures at these companies," says Gerhson.

Other presentations scheduled in the spring lecture series include:

"Ethics of Apology from the Perspective of a Lawyer," featuring Sharan Levine of Levine & Levine at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, in the Putney Lecture Hall of the Fetzer Center

"'Waiter, There is a Gene in my Soup!' Genetic Engineering of Food Crops," presented by Dr. Hector Quemada, WMU Department of Biological Sciences, at 7 p.m. in the Putney Lecture Hall of the Fetzer Center.

Media contact: Matt Gerard, 269 387-8400, matthew.gerard@wmich.edu

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