NCA 99th Annual Convention
NCA Submission Central will open for submissions on January 13, 2014
Connections: A Final Reflection
My feet ache, the stacks on my desk topple
over, my inbox overfloweth, but my spirit soars: what a great convention! I’m so grateful to
the 5,000+ of you who made Connections
in Washington, DC.
Our opening session started with a
bang: a side-splitting performance by
the Capitol Steps after which four
of the performers were interviewed by Olga Davis, Arizona State University and
Mary Stuckey, Georgia State University. (Tell
the truth: how many of you tried to
create your own version of “Lirty Dies”?) Two panels the next morning provided
provocative readings of the performance, especially concerning the nature of
political satire: Did the Capitol Steps
ask enough of us as an audience?
In his Arnold lecture, Professor Eric
King Watts, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, offered a rich analysis
of the zombie trope, concluding with a powerful assessment of our “zombified” contemporary
political culture. Posing as our own
Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class, NCA President Steve Beebe’s address drew
from It’s a Wonderful Life to
consider what the world would be like if there were no NCA.
A special thank you to 20 graduate
programs and great volunteers who supported NCA’s first scavenger hunt which rewarded
tweeters with a wide array of goodies throughout the convention, from backpacks
and books to tote bags and visors. Equally wonderful was the wealth of panels,
programs, workshops, short courses, preconferences, seminars, and meetings that
enriched all of us. Add to that making and renewing personal and professional
friendships, sharing and generating new ideas, and seeing connections to DC, to
the community, and within communication.
Start making plans now to celebrate
NCA’s centennial at our 100th Annual Convention, to be held in
Chicago, November 20-23, 2014. We’ll
explore The Presence of Our Past(s): NCA
at 100. You won’t want to miss it!
Kathleen J. Turner
NCA First Vice President