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Book Highlight: Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities

August 6, 2020
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E. Michele Ramsey

In this episode of Communication Matters, hear from E. Michele Ramsey, co-author of the new book Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities. Major Decisions argues that the humanities equip today’s students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in their careers and also prepare them to think about the big questions facing our world and our democracy.


About Communication Matters: The NCA Podcast

NCA's podcast, Communication Matters, features episodes on topics that are relevant to Communication scholars, teachers, and practitioners.

Communication Matters is one means through which NCA works toward accomplishing its mission of advancing Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry.

Communication Matters episodes will be released every other week on Thursdays and the podcast is free for all. Communication Matters is available on many platforms! You can find it by searching “Communication Matters” in the search bar of your favorite podcast app, or by clicking the listed platforms below.

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Episode 16: Book Highlight: Major Decisions: College, Career, and the Case for the Humanities

BONUS: Special Issue on Black Panther from NCA’s Journal Review of Communication

Episode 15: Conversation with Director of the Alliance for Higher Education in Prison Mary Gould

BONUS: Lessons Learned from Dealing with COVID-19 and Getting Ready for an Uncertain Fall

BONUS: Book Highlight: The Struggle over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter

Episode 14: Horror Noire: Blacks in American Horror Films from the 1890s to Present

Episode 13: The subcontinent speaks: Intercultural communication perspectives from/on South Asia

Episode 12: Food (in)security Communication

Episode 11: Humanities Indicators Project

BONUS Episode: Memorial Day

Episode 10: Conversation with American Council of Learned Societies President Joy Connolly

Episode 9: Communicating in the Battlegrounds: Politics in the Purple States
(NCA Spring Public Program recorded as a podcast episode)

Episode 8: Conversation with NCA Distinguished Scholar Tom Nakayama

Episode 7: Hope for Democracy - Book Highlight with John Gastil & Katherine Knobloch

BONUS Episode: COVID-19 Pandemic

Episode 6: Conversation with NCA Research Council Chair Chuck Morris

Episode 5: The Humanities Episode

BONUS Episode: 2020 Iowa Caucus, Reflection from Campaigns & Elections Field Research Project

Episode 4: The Op-Ed Episode

Episode 3: Conversation with Orlando L. Taylor Award Winner Joëlle M. Cruz

Episode 2: Conversation with Free Speech Activist Mary Beth Tinker

BONUS Episode: Conversation with NCA President Kent Ono

Episode 1: 2019 NCA Convention Highlights

Episode 0: Welcome to Communication Matters: The NCA Podcast!