Published April 29, 2015

Communication studies news

Department has had busy semester with conferences, papers, book
Four Monmouth College communication studies faculty members and one student presented papers at the Central States Communication Association (CSCA) Annual Conference, April 15-19 in Madison, Wis.
Professor Lori Walters-Kramer participated on the panel “The Campus Speaker Festival:  Converging Voices, Celebrating Excellence, and Confirming the Discipline.” The panel was recognized as the Top Panel in the Basic Course Interest Group Division.  She also was a member of the panel “Converging on the Front Porch: Strengthening the Foundation of the Basic Course,” which was comprised of basic course directors from diverse institutions at which the basic communication course is undergoing change.
Assistant professor Lars Kristiansen was a member of the panel “Deconstructing the Ice Bucket Challenge: An Opportunity for Convergence Across Health Communication, Public Relations and Media Studies.” The panelists discussed the marketing campaign’s effects on awareness and self-perception as well as the ethical implications of the campaign. He also participated on the panel “TMI? How Much Personal Information Should a Professor Share in the Classroom?”
Assistant professor Kate Zittlow Rogness, professor Trudi Peterson and Walters-Kramer presented on the panel “From SlutWalks to Sex Ed: Convergent Responses to Sexual Violence.” The panel addressed the discursive construction of rape culture and means of resisting sexual violence by way of SlutWalks and sexuality education programs such as Our Whole Lives.
Senior Adam Ruble of Pittsfield, a communication studies and English double major, presented his paper “Queer Space and Female Space in India: No Room for Second-Class Citizens” as part of the CSCA’s President’s Undergraduate Honors Research Conference.
In addition to the work presented at CSCA, Monmouth’s communication studies faculty have had a busy semester.
Zittlow Rogness completed the final revisions of her co-edited book, “Social Movements and Counterpublics: Connections, Contradictions, and Possibilities for understanding Rhetorics of Social Change,” which is under advance contract by the University of Alabama Press. By providing an overview of the two interrelated theories, examples of exemplary research, and an outline for future research trajectories, the text stands to be both foundational and innovative in communication studies.
In February, Zittlow Rogness presented a paper titled “Promises and Pitfalls of Mimetic Hashtags for Counterpublic Networks of Circulation” at the Western States Communication Association in Spokane, Wash. In June, she will take part in a seminar titled “Rhetorics of Citizenship,” organized by the Rhetoric Society of America.
In January, Walters-Kramer and assistant professor Bridget Draxler co-facilitated the discussion “Tutoring Together: Collaborating between Writing and Speech Tutors” at a writing program administrators meeting at Illinois Wesleyan University. They discussed their collaborations, including co-training incoming tutors, offering limited tutoring in shared spaces, and creating leadership opportunities for tutors who work in both programs.
Kristiansen presented his paper, “Cold War Rhetoric and the Paranoid Style in American Politics: From Joseph McCarthy to Sean Hannity,” at the National Communication Association Annual Convention in Chicago. While looking to the past, his paper examined contemporary uses of “Red Scare” arguments and tactics as justifications for domestic policy proposals that he believes infringe on personal rights and liberties.
Instructor Chris Goble moderated a panel at the Spring 2015 Illinois News Broadcaster’s Convention in Bloomington. The panel focused on frontline stories from Ferguson, Mo. He was also part of a select group of international educators chosen to participate as a faculty fellow prior to the annual National Association of Television Program Executives Market & Conference in Miami.
Assistant professor Rebecca Buel, who directs Monmouth’s forensics team, served as an at-large council member for the National Forensics Association during the 2014-15 academic year.
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