NCA 100th Annual Convention
More Great Programming at the Centennial Convention, Sponsored by the NCA First Vice President
NCA Centennial Convention has so much to offer, even in addition to our annual
array of fine scholarship. I have the honor as First Vice President to sponsor
panels that have no obvious home but are of interest to many. There’s something
here for everyone—that’s why this is such a long newsletter piece. Even then, I’m not going to get to everything—so
please make it a treasure hunt through the convention program on NCA Convention Central to find
them all. Your efforts will be rewarded!
programs invite us outside the hotels to cultural spaces nearby. “The
City Speaks,” at the Art Institute of Chicago, features a panel focusing on
Chicago as a complex communication system. The panel is followed by a reception
sponsored by the Urban Communication Foundation. This event is by
subscription—the convention program offers instructions to make a reservation.
The other “off-campus” event is “Communicating
Emotion and the Blues: Interviews with Chicago Blues Musicians,” at Buddy Guy’s Legends around the corner from the Hilton (see program for details). It’s
whispered that it might be followed by a jam session for additional enticement.
so pleased to sponsor two panels on “The Status of International Argument
Studies”—one on programmatic
developments and the other on trajectories
of inquiry. Argumentation, which spans most if not all our units, has seen
an amazing growth curve over the past twenty years globally. Come and hear from
our international colleagues about these developments.
a sobering responsibility but a privilege for every first vice president to
sponsor panels honoring the career achievements of colleagues we have lost. This
year, there will be panels celebrating the careers of Carole
Barbato, Bruce Gronbeck, Stuart
Hall, and Ernesto
Laclau. They will be missed sorely.
November 1914, the National Association of Academic Teachers of Public
Speaking, NCA’s progenitor organization, was formed in Chicago. It seems a
different world now, perhaps especially in that the fledgling organization had
a journal up and running by the next year!
Previewing what’s to come in QJS’s
own centennial celebration in 2015 are five panels packed with prominent
scholars interacting on important scholarly issues being addressed in the
journal now. If you attend “NCA
Publications: Accomplishments, Challenges, and the Future,” you’ll hear
five recent NCA Publication Board directors speaking frankly to the changes and
challenges in publishing academic journals.
the face of higher education changes in the U.S., professional development
falls increasingly to academic associations. Several important panels address
these needs. Among them are: “On
Becoming Professional: A Job Market Primer”; “Effectively
Directing Graduate Work: A Roundtable Discussion”; “How
Can NCA Help Me With . . . ? A Workshop on Resources on the NCA Website”;
and Projections: The ‘Evolution of Communication Textbooks.” The first is a
must-attend panel for graduate students especially, and the second seems
requisite for new (but maybe also veteran) graduate advisers. The third tours
the vast labyrinths of NCA’s proffered professional resources for all members. The
fourth offers strategies for textbook authors to adapt to ever-changing market
is such a privilege to sponsor a panel honoring the distinguished career of one
of NCA’s finest scholars, educators, mentors and leaders—Professor
Karlyn Kohrs Campbell. Karlyn’s former students and colleagues gather to
discuss what they describe, in what I take to be understatement, her
“monumental influence” on many facets of scholarship in the field.
of the products of the long, hard work of the Centennial Planning Committee,
co-chaired ably by Rich West and Dawn Braithwaite, is a panel (offered twice),
100: Past, Present, and Future,” with a video about NCA history and
responses by NCA leaders. Another such product is the centennial
volume, edited by Pat Gehrke and Bill Keith. Some of that volume’s authors
gather for a panel to discuss the future of the field.
a special, double panel for the Centennial Convention, thanks to some gifted
scholar-performers, there will be a full reading of “Dialogues
in Limbo,” by George Santayana, one of the twentieth century’s most
overlooked philosophers and most elegant writers. It will be a
finally, no birthday celebration would be complete without a little fun, right?
Some of our notoriously droll colleagues
will be convening a “business
meeting,” one perhaps a bit reminiscent of that infamous coffee house
meeting in 1914 when the formation of the NAATPS was plotted. Anything could
happen …. On your treasure hunt, just search for “repetition” and by far the
longest session title in the program.
Please be sure to check out these and
all the rest of the NCA First Vice President offerings on NCA Convention Central. Choose
Convention Program, Search Program and then select NCA First Vice President as
NCA First Vice President
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill