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2003 - International Communication Association Pages: 26 pages || Words: 7970 words || 
1. Mwesige, Peter. "Cyber Elites: A Survey of Internet Café Users in Uganda" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Marriott Hotel, San Diego, CA, May 27, 2003 Online <.PDF>. 2019-04-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: This study examines the prospects and problems of Internet use and access in Africa, focusing on a profile of Internet café users in Uganda. The results from a survey of 188 Internet café users in the country’s capital city, Kampala, suggest that while initiatives such as cyber cafés have brought the Internet and ICT closer to more people in developing countries, the bad news is that these initiatives, especially when they are commercially based, may serve to increase the digital divide within poor countries.

2005 - International Communication Association Pages: 28 pages || Words: 7335 words || 
2. Sprain, Leah. "“The Process—It’s Where the Magic Is”: Group Process and Ideological Commitment in Conversation Café" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the International Communication Association, Sheraton New York, New York City, NY, Online <PDF>. 2019-04-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Abstract: Conversation Cafés are discussion groups held in public places (coffee shops, libraries, bookstores) where anyone can participate. Conversation Cafés enact a specific set of group processes that create the structure for group conversation and sharing. As such, the cafés provide places to study how structured group discussion creates committed group members. This ethnographic study examines the relationship between communication and commitment in Conversation Cafés. It explores how the Conversation Café process begets member commitment. This study does this by first considering in vivo codes, the ways that participants and group organizers characterize and make sense of the Conversation Café process. Second, the group process is analyzed in terms of the small group commitment model to demonstrate how “the process” begets ideological commitment. This qualitative case study broadens the understanding of group processes in non-decision-making groups by offering a thick description of how group processes can be used to create committed group members.

2011 - AASHE Words: 249 words || 
3. Stefanac, Amelia. and Waas Smith, Zachary. "The Campus Beet: A Student-Led Sustainable Café Initiative" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the AASHE, D. L. Lawrence Convention Center, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct 09, 2011 <Not Available>. 2019-04-24 <>
Publication Type: Briefing
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Riding a surge of support for fresh, delicious, sustainable food on campus, The Campus Beet is an example of true cross-campus collaboration. Starting as the vision of a single student, the idea of a student-led, cooperative, locally sourced, diet-conscious café on campus is quickly turning into a reality.

The Campus Beet had humble beginnings in 2007 as a research project by Ash Norton, a student passionate about good food and cultural diversity. In subsequent years the project quietly evolved with the help of students Ryan Walters, Matt Hollander, Kristiena Sartorelli, Caleb Oliver, and Ian Orawiec.

This year the café appears to be close to critical mass, and through the hard work and dedication of senior Amelia Stefanac it has garnered support from a newly formed student organization, Executive Chef Nick Petruska of WMU Catering, the WMU Dietetics Program, the Vice President of Student Affairs, the WMU Office for Sustainability, and a variety of student and community organizations.

After months of intensive organizing and event planning, The Campus Beet successfully hosted a free, 100-guest menu tasting in January where over 125 guests showed up. Afterwards, equipped with event survey data and active supporter engagement, the group refined the menu and began planning another larger meal. With a Student Sustainability Grant for nearly $10,000, The Campus Beet prepared for a 400-guest open house in April. With attendance exceeding 500 guests, live music, a student art show, spoken word poetry, and a spread of delicious, local food the event was a runaway success.

2014 - Tenth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry Words: 123 words || 
4. Mahoney, Paula. and Ryan, Natalie. "Death Café: Artists Discuss their Approaches to Exploring Death through their Practice, over Coffee and Cake" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Tenth Annual Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, May 21, 2014 <Not Available>. 2019-04-24 <>
Publication Type: Conference Paper/Unpublished Manuscript
Review Method: Peer Reviewed
Abstract: Using the death café concept, which is growing in popularity around the world, as a place where people can meet to discuss death, this round table conversation, will provide a space for artists to discuss arts based research around the theme of death.

The following questions will guide the discussion:
What drives this type of research?
What particular aspects of death are of interest to artists?
Does this exploration of death free the artist from his or her own death?
How do artists deal with Freud’s death drive notion through their work?
Does addressing death through practice place a healthy awareness on death, and is this reflected in life?

The objectives of this roundtable are to explore how arts based practice can influence cultural and individuals understanding of death.

2013 - 37th Annual National Council for Black Studies Words: 26 words || 
5. Ammons, Aaron. "Speak Café; The Black Arts Movement in the Midwest" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 37th Annual National Council for Black Studies, The Westin Hotel - Downtown, Indianapolis, ID, <Not Available>. 2019-04-24 <>
Publication Type: Panelist Abstract
Abstract: This paper describes the importance of poetry to the consciousness raising, politicization of students/youth, and concerned citizens in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois through a venue called SPEAK CAFÉ.

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