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Dr. Robert Franklin's

China Trip

Robert Franklin selected to participate as an Academic Scholar in the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates program at the University of New England, Biddeford, Maine.

General Information

Mr. Robert A. Franklin, Director of KASU-FM and a Heritage Studies Ph.D. student at Arkansas State University, was selected to participate as an academic scholar in the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates (NAASA) Academic Scholar Program during the spring semester of 2004. NAASA has agreements with universities in Asian and African countries that allow scholars from across the United States to lecture at their campuses for a specified period of time during the spring. As part of their stay, scholars are recognized by the host institution as an Academic Scholar. Mr. Franklin lectured at Beijing University of Technology in Beijing, China, from May 21 through June 6, 2004.

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South Africa Trip

In July, 2008, I traveled to Durban, South Africa to co-present a poster presentation at the International Association of Schools of Social Work 34th Global Social Work Congress. Me and my colleague, Dr. Barbara Turnage, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Social Work at Arkansas State University, presented research on the topic, “Using Examples From History to Instill Social Capital into Our Youth”. Social Capital refers to the norms and networks that enable collective action; it encompasses institutions, relationships, and customs that shape the quality and quantity of a society’s social interactions.

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Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Trip


Dr. Robert Franklin and colleagues traveled to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in November, 2008 in conduct research on Ethiopia homeless street youths. The research trip was funded and co-sponsored by Arkansas State University and the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Dr. Franklin collected video and photographic images of Ethiopia’s homeless street youths. Here are some thoughts about my trip, images photographed, and the subsequent photographic exhibit compiled from the trip to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Scriptwriting. The importance of writing and formatting the script for a audio documentary. Our lecture will discuss the importance of writing for the ear rather than the eye. We will review samples of scripts for audio documentaries. This lecture will cover script writing that is designed to illicit dramatic effect and emotional effect from listeners of radio.

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