JONESBORO — Conway native Josh Bramlett will be traveling to Kuwait with the Arkansas State University College of Media and Communication. A five person group will travel from Oct. 25 to Nov. 10 to study print and broadcast media in Kuwait. The trip is funded by a grant from ASU-Jonesboro’s Middle Eastern Studies program.
Bramlett is a member of a group with three other ASU communication students who were selected for the trip. Students were selected by a committee based on their achievements on campus and in the College of Media and Communication. The other students are Devan Harper of Magnet Cove, Lindsey Blakely of Bryant, and Micah Christensen of Cheyenne, WY. The group will be led by ASU professor Dr. Gilbert Fowler, who has made annual trips to Kuwait since 1992 and led student groups to Kuwait in five of those years.
The purpose of the trip is to learn about the media and culture in Kuwait. The students have prepared for the trip by studying Kuwait’s history, geography, political structure, and other facets of culture. They will be visiting the Gulf University of Science and Technology located in Kuwait City. While in Kuwait the group will visit places such as Failaka Island, the Kuwait Historical Museum, Kuwait Towers, and various Kuwaiti media agencies where they will appears as guests on broadcasts of local and national radio and television programs. Upon returning to the U.S. the students will present reports of their travels to local student and civic groups in Jonesboro and Arkansas.
"Kuwait has rapidly grown in the past decade. The country’s telecommunication and media infrastructure provides a great example to study the changing global media landscape in the 21st century," said Bramlett. "I am thrilled and humbled to travel to the Middle East as a representative of my university."
The group will leave from Memphis on Oct. 25 and arrive in Kuwait on Oct. 27. They will be collecting multimedia content and keeping a diary on the trip. He will be updating a daily blog on his experiences while in Kuwait.
Bramlett is a 2006 graduate of Conway High School and a 2010 graduate of the University of Central Arkansas. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree and expects to graduate in December 2014 from ASU. He is the son of Ron and Cheryl Bramlett of Conway.
To follow his travels, bookmark Bramlett’s blog available at http://www.joshcbramlett.weebly.com.