In late 2009, the media registered encouragement
for the grand plans to renovate Cordoba House, an Islamic community center in Lower Manhattan with an interfaith
mission. Yet, just six months later, a public maelstrom erupted over the so-called “Ground Zero Mosque,” as the majority of Americans from across the political spectrum—including President Obama—called for the center’s relocation in the name of common decency. The communication frenzy surrounding Cordoba House marked
the onset of a new, post-post 9/11 American
narrative that tells of a country traumatized, under siege,
and unable to extend constitutionally guaranteed freedoms for fear of being hurt
After 9/11, Americans enjoyed an unprecedented
sense of patriotism
that continued to grow during the early years of the war on terror as the Bush
administration spun an inspiring national narrative of democratic destiny. However, the war’s demoralizing failures left Americans disillusioned and anxious.
The Cordoba House mission exacerbated this anxiety, reminding
Americans of their shirked responsibilities in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When students enter the college classroom, they
bring a host of expectations. Many of today’s college students, composed
largely of the millennial generation, expect
their instructors to help them understand course material, recognize their
achievements and high-quality work, and care about their success and learning
in the course.
What if a speech could
empower students to make a difference in the community? We believe the act of paying it forward empowers students to feel more confident in their communication skills and
acts as catalyst to create positive changes in the community. We believe the act of paying it forward empowers students to feel more confident in their communication skills and
acts as catalyst to create positive changes in the community.
My argument is that hip-hop music is an
increasingly effective tool for teaching communication. This is because many of
and graduate students, as well as new professors in rhetoric, communication, and media
studies grew up listening to hip-hop. Hip-hop music conveys myriad messages about
love, life, law, ethics, and politics. Music has long played a central role in
our lives, from the first album we bought with our own money to our prom songs,
wedding songs, and the like.
The National Communication Association (NCA) invites Communication
departments and programs across the country to honor the NCA Centennial with
activities geared toward celebrating the association and discipline. Join the
celebration! Here is how you can get involved.
1) Plan and implement a departmental celebration. Use NCA’s
100th anniversary to celebrate your own program and people. Perhaps
you could design a way to celebrate your own pioneers. You could research your
history and disseminate your legacy. You also might organize some of the
digital memories associated with your program and share them with NCA. At your
celebration, consider asking people to share what the study of Communication at
your institution means to them.
2) Document the centennial celebration on
your website. When you implement your celebration, document it on your
website to share with others, including your current students, administration,
and alumni. In your documented celebration images, you might include video
clips and text that afford members of the association insight into your program,
people, and what 100 years of NCA and the discipline mean to your department.
3) Share your celebration with NCA. Prior
to NCA’s Annual Convention in November, highlight your centennial celebration
by sending your URL website link to the NCA National Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Throughout the centennial year, NCA’s website will feature select celebrations
from across the nation.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to highlight your
program and people and join in this national celebration of 100 years of NCA!
For more information about this centennial celebration activity, contact
Jeffrey T. Child at Kent State University (email@example.com).
The 2014 Annual Convention of the National Communication Association (NCA)
will mark the association’s Centennial, its 100-year anniversary. While this is a momentous occasion, members
of NCA gather, create and take away memories of events, individuals and
presentations every year. At the 2013
Annual Convention students from Wrought Iron Productions (WIP) and Wake Forest
University captured individual’s memories of their experiences at NCA
conventions. This 32-minute video
documents the value of NCA to its members and the field of communication.
The video is now live on
the NCA Centennial page. Please feel
free to share this link on your departmental websites.
honor of its upcoming Centennial, the National Communication Association is
sponsoring COMM 365, a project celebrating 100 years of communication research.
Five times per week, brief summaries of communication concepts, theories, and
research findings are being posted on NCA’s website. Click here to see the most recent postings,
which could be of interest to communication practitioners, teachers, and many
others. The leader of the project is Zac
who now makes his intellectual home at Idaho State University in Pocatello, ID, USA.