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National Communication Association’s 105th Annual Convention Highlights Communication Discipline Across a Variety of Issues

November 6, 2019
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Washington, DC (November 6, 2019)—More than 4,000 Communication researchers, teachers, and students are expected at the National Communication Association (NCA) 105th Annual Convention to explore the theme of “Communication for Survival.” Communication scholars will convene in Baltimore, Maryland, to engage in deep discussions about communication’s role in issues such as racial justice, feminism, relationships, and politics. The convention will also provide rich resources for evaluating the role and functions of communication in personal relationships, stereotyping, building coalitions for social justice, and in the workplace. 

During the more than 1,000 sessions and presentations, scholars will touch on controversial, relevant, and emerging issues in the news and society, including the #MeToo movement, the crisis at the border, the rise of the Alt-Right, mass incarceration, reproductive justice, fake news, student speech rights and activism, President Trump’s tweets, gun violence, and many others. 

To attend:

What: National Communication Association’s 105th Annual Convention 
When: November 14-17, 2019
Where: Hilton Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland

To obtain press passes: Media personnel must register at the registration desk and present current press or media credentials. Register in advance with Grace Hébert to have your press pass ready. 

For full program information, visit or contact Grace Hébert at 202-534-1104 or

Opening Session (Thursday, 11/14: 3:30-4:45 pm)

  • Sponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute for the Study of Communication and Society, this program will highlight issues of race and social justice. Panelists will discuss race relations both in Baltimore and throughout the nation and examine ways in which social justice work seeks to improve issues associated with race, including poverty, violence, wealth attainment, and food access. This interdisciplinary panel will include scholars and Baltimore community leaders. 

Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture (Friday, 11/15: 5-6 pm)

  • Lisa A. Flores will give a lecture titled, “Mobility, Containment, and the Racialized Spatio-Temporalities of Survival.” In the lecture, Flores will reflect on what it means to locate survival as an already-raced and racialized practice and how discourses of stoppage permeate and perhaps pollute survival. Flores will explore survival both at the material level of physically stopped bodies and as a rhetorical mechanism in the making of race. Sponsored by Pearson North America. 

NCA Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony (Saturday, 11/16: 5-6:30 pm) 

  • NCA President Star A. Muir will speak on “The Coming Dark Age and the Future of Scholarly Associations.”
  • Thirty Communication scholars will receive awards for their research, teaching, and service.
  • Sponsored by Routledge, Taylor & Francis. 
About the National Communication Association

The National Communication Association (NCA) advances Communication as the discipline that studies all forms, modes, media, and consequences of communication through humanistic, social scientific, and aesthetic inquiry. NCA serves the scholars, teachers, and practitioners who are its members by enabling and supporting their professional interests in research and teaching. Dedicated to fostering and promoting free and ethical communication, NCA promotes the widespread appreciation of the importance of communication in public and private life, the application of competent communication to improve the quality of human life and relationships, and the use of knowledge about communication to solve human problems. NCA supports inclusiveness and diversity among our faculties, within our membership, in the workplace, and in the classroom; NCA supports and promotes policies that fairly encourage this diversity and inclusion. 

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