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February 7, 2018

ECA 2018 Convention Updates

The Eastern Communication Association is pleased to announce that a draft of the 2018 Convention program is posted and registration is now open! The program is packed with exciting panels that promote opportunities for listening, learning, and engaging others in GREAT conversations. At the convention, we will have traditional panels and receptions, large group meetings, and special events. We will continue the “Going Green” theme by offering both a printed version and a downloadable app of the program.

Special Events

The Media Ecology Association & Applied Communication will be hosting a panel entitled “The Media Ecology of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ PNC Park” on Friday, 3:00-4:15 p.m. This panel precedes a trip to a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game.

Valerie Lynn Schrader will lead a group interested in attending Pittsburgh Public Theater's production of Hamlet on Saturday, April 28 at 8:00 p.m.  

Kasey Clawson Hudak and the Urban Communication Foundation will be bringing in special guests from the City of Pittsburgh for two engaging panels.

Please see the program for more details about these events.

New this year…

Connect Conference

Please join the Community College Interest Group on Saturday, April 28, for a morning of connecting with colleagues, learning from experts, and collaborating with others at the biennial Connect Conference. Cost: $30. First-time ECA attendees who attend the Connect Conference will receive a free one-year ECA membership!  

ECA looks forward to hearing your thoughts, seeing you present your research, and engaging with you in Pittsburgh. Together, we can build a wonderful bridge that connects us to our constituents and communities!

New WSCA Interest Group Announced: Communication, Identities & Difference

By Michelle A. Holling, WSCA President

We are pleased to announce that Communication, Identities & Difference is the newest WSCA interest group! This interest group was proposed to and approved by the WSCA Executive Council on November 15, 2017. The approval status is for a two-year probationary period.

The goals of the new interest group are as follows:

  1. To centralize the study of intersectional and historically marginalized identities (i.e., race, sexuality, class, nation, disability, the body, and/or gender among other identity categories) in the examination of communication regardless of theoretical or methodological approach;
  2. To offer an outlet for presenting scholarship and/or hosting panel sessions dedicated to scholarship that is committed to examining and unveiling the role of intersectional and marginalized identities in discursive and non-discursive realms;
  3. To create and maintain a space in which members and/or allies of marginalized positionalities may affirm, support, and network with each other; and
  4. To serve as an advocacy platform from which concerns may be voiced to the Association.

We look forward to the unique contributions this interest group will bring to WSCA, and we encourage all interested members to get involved by affiliating with this interest group through their profile management at www.westcomm.org.

Learn about the LOC project with NCA at the WSCA Conference

Join NCA National Office staff, NCA elected leadership, and members from the Learning Outcomes in Communication project to learn more about this initiative at the WSCA Annual Convention in Santa Clara, California. The panelists will discuss resources available through NCA to help integrate LOC into courses, programs, and departments. The session will be on Saturday, February 17, 10:30-11:45 a.m. in room Mendocino 51. While at the convention, be on the lookout for the NCA booth and National Office representatives.