Public Programs

NCA event about Martin Luther King Jr

NCA organizes and participates in a number of programs that serve to disseminate relevant information about communication to public audiences. These programs are open to community members, members of the media, Communication teachers and students, and anyone interested in learning more about the Communication discipline's relevance to current and emerging issues.

Upcoming Program

In a presidential election year, a select number of states are viewed as critical players in the election's outcome. With the 2020 election approaching, NCA is focusing its spring public programming efforts on political communication, specifically in battleground states.

On April 30, 2020, expert panelists will address this topic at “Communicating in the Battlegrounds: Politics in the Purple States,” an NCA public program to be hosted at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.  Panelists will discuss the use of political communication in our elections and explore the effects it has on public opinion. 

Panelists will be announced soon.

Reception: 5:00 – 6:00 PM

Program: 6:00 – 7:30 PM


Most Recent Program

Communicating About Climate



On September 19, 2019, NCA presented a public program titled "Communicating About Climate." This public program focused on communicating about climate, specifically, the role communication plays in educating, informing, and persuading publics about climate change.
Panelists also discussed obstacles to communicating about this global issue, from climate change denial to divergent values and attitudes about climate change.