|Thursday, November 15, 2012 – November 18, 2012||5:00am – 10:00pm|
The NCA 98th Annual Convention in promises to be a celebration you won’t want to miss. The convention theme, “Celebrate COMMunity,” seeks to affirm the ideas that unify the communication discipline, as well as celebrate the diverse community of scholars, educators, and practitioners that constitutes the National Communication Association.
The convention will open with the NCA Opening Session “Celebrating What Unites Us as a Communication Community” on Thursday, November 15. It explores the question, “What concepts and ideas unite the communication discipline?” Professor Kathleen Hall Jamieson, University of Pennsylvania; Professor Kory Floyd, Arizona State University; and Professor Navita Cummings James, University of South Florida, will provide their perspective on this question. You will get a chance to answer the question at a Town Hall meeting on Friday, November 16 at 9:30 a.m. The 2012 Carroll Arnold Lecture will be presented by Professor Marshal Scott Poole from the University of Illinois. His topic will be “The Paradoxes of Collaboration.”
Last year’s Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished lecturer, Professor Brenda J. Allen, University of Colorado Denver, will continue the conversation that she started last year with a program titled “Enacting Academic COMMunity through Critical Love.” During this session she and several of her colleagues will explore ways to create and sustain humane, inclusive COMMunity within higher education through critical love, a concept created to enhance listening, reflection and humility to help bridge differences and heal division.
The convention theme not only invites an exploration of what unites us as a discipline and an association, but also provides an opportunity to ponder that rich diversity that makes up the NCA community. There would be no COMMunity to celebrate or unity to envision without the diverse people and paradigms that add richness to our common goal of achieving our mission: “to advance communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific and aesthetic inquiry.”
Please join us for the 98th annual NCA convention to celebrate the community of educators, scholars and practitioners who study human communication.
Steven A. Beebe
NCA First Vice President and Primary Program Planner
Texas State University, San Marcos
For more information about the conference, please visit the convention site.
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