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Interpersonal Communication

Interpersonal Communication

Gordon Young (Communications and Performing Arts) is the facilitator of this faculty interest group that meets monthly to explore readings in Interpersonal Communication, an area of communication that focuses on two person relationships. Interpersonal Communication is central to our classroom, collegial and personal lives and rests on four basic assumptions:

  • Interpersonal communication is inescapable in our everyday lives. Even when we try not to communicate with someone we still are sending them a message.
  • Interpersonal communication is irreversible such that we can never take back a message that we have sent to someone even when that messages was in haste or hurtful.
  • Interpersonal communication is complex because the meanings of the messages that we exchange are in our minds and not in the words that we use.
  • Interpersonal communication gains meaning from the contexts in which it appears so that a message that might be fine to send to a colleague might seem cold to a loved one or vice versa.

For the 2015-2016 academic year the group will be reading Sherry Turkle's Reclaiming Conversation: The Poser of Talk in a Digital Age. This is an engaging read that delves into how connection has replaced conversation.

For more information or to join, please contact Gordon at We welcome all faculty and also KCC community members who work directly with students, and invite you to suggest future readings for the group. Please visit our site on the CUNY Academic Commons.

Gordon Young