NCA 105th Annual Convention: Communication for Survival
I am so looking forward to seeing you at the NCA Convention in Baltimore later this month. As you already probably know, this year’s theme, “Communication for Survival,” encourages Communication scholars and practitioners alike to think about the vital role communication plays in survival. You and many of your colleagues have submitted remarkable proposals relating to the convention theme, proposals for sessions, short courses, preconferences, film screenings, and more. Before we convene in Baltimore, I would like to note just a few events highlights at this year’s convention:
- Using the card provided in your convention materials upon arrival, introduce yourself to five people you don't know (preferably newcomers to the Annual Convention), write their names on the card, and bring your card to the registration area to receive your "Mentor Pin." Final step: Wear your mentor pin proudly throughout the convention and beyond!
- NCA Opening Session: Race Relations in Charm City: Communicating Social Justice, sponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society.
- Communication for Survival Spotlight Series:
- Communication and Surviving in the Anthropocene: Keywords focuses on what the discipline of Communication may offer to consider how we entered this era of consequential anthropogenic climate change, the barriers we face to transform our culture, and which voices might help us bring about a more just and sustainable future.
- Communication, Disability Justice, and Surviving Ableism will examine the centrality of communication practices to the pursuit of disability justice through anti-abelist scholarship and activism.
- Communicating Survival in Violent Times: A Dialogue on the Intersections of Violence in Gendered, Sexual, Racial/Ethnic, and Class Contexts will feature larger conversations about domestic violence, gendered violence, and racial/ethnic violence utilizing an intersectional lens.
- Communication and Surviving Environmental Racism features the work of Destiny Watford, a Goldman Environmental Prize winner and one of TIME Magazine's Next Generation Leaders, and Communication scholars discussing research on related themes of voice and social movements, racial ecologies, and urban organizing.
- Communication and #_______ing While Black or Brown addresses experiences of hashtag activism but focuses specifically on the role of communication and that of our discipline as a means of constructing narratives around #____ing while black or brown.
- Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture, sponsored by Pearson, which will be delivered by Dr. Lisa Flores, from the University of Colorado, Boulder. A powerful scholar who has helped to shape the field of Communication in significant ways, Dr. Flores' talk will focus on “Mobility, Containment, and the Racialized Spatio-Temporalities of Survival.”
- NCA Presidential Address and Awards Presentation, sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis. NCA President Star Muir will present “The Coming Dark Age and the Future of Scholarly Associations.”
In closing, I am so excited about this year’s convention and hope you and your students, friends, family, and colleagues have a wonderful experience, one that energizes you, helps you think and act in new and powerful ways, and ultimately helps us all find ways communication can facilitate survival.
Kent A. Ono
NCA First Vice President
University of Utah