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Thursday November 19, 2009

Social SciencesCommunication Arts professor to address William T. Grant Foundation

Robert Asen
Communication Arts Professor Robert Asen.

Robert Asen, professor of Communication Arts, will be traveling to New York in December to address an interdisciplinary group of researchers at the William T. Grant Foundation.

Earlier this year, the Foundation awarded Asen and colleagues a $450,000 grant to establish the REDD (Research on Education, Deliberation, and Decision-Making) Project, a two-year study tracking deliberation and decision-making in three Wisconsin school districts.

The subject of the address will be "argument analysis," an analytic method designed to assess how policymakers advance and support claims in group settings.

The William T. Grant Foundation believes that its grantees in fields such as Education, Medicine, and Public Health may benefit from considering the role of argument in policymaking.