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National Communication Association’s 108th Annual Convention to Honor PLACE in New Orleans

November 14, 2022
NCA News

Washington, DC – November 14, 2022 - “Honoring PLACE: People, Liberation, Advocacy, Community and Environment” is the theme of this year’s National Communication Association’s 108th Annual Convention in New Orleans.

Nearly 4,000 Communication scholars, educators and practitioners are expected to gather in the Big Easy Nov. 17-20 to attend a slate of thought-provoking seminars and presentations about the discipline and to explore Communication’s role in some of today’s hot-button issues in areas from education to incarceration; mental health to public health; social media to mass media; social justice to environmental injustice; politics, race, gender, sexual identity and more.

Convention highlights:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17 at 5 p.m., CT, Sheraton: Opening Session - From Lee to Jackson: Dismantling Structures of Oppression in New Orleans. Panelists will explore the work being done in local communities to remove physical representations of hate, such as advocacy work focused on the removal of confederate monuments in New Orleans.
  • Friday, Nov. 18 at 12:30 p.m., CT, Sheraton: NCA Distinguished Scholars of 2022: Reflections on Their Scholarship. New inductees will be honored and invited to make a presentation that summarizes their research interests.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m., CT, Sheraton: The NCA Presidential Address and Awards Presentation. NCA President Roseann Mandziuk will deliver her Presidential Address followed by presentation of the NCA Awards.

Several events and seminars will focus on New Orleans and Louisiana history, culture and current events, including:

  • Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8 a.m. CT, Marriott: Costuming and Mardi Gras in New Orleans. An exploration of the crafted coalitions of the Krewe of Red Beans, a mutual aid society. Formed in 2009, this coalition of individuals settled in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with a mission to help those in need.
  • Friday, Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. CT, Sheraton: Honoring PLACE: Revisiting the Train Tracks Where Plessy v. Ferguson Began and Plessy AND Ferguson Celebrated People, Liberation, Advocacy and Community, with descendants of Plessy and Ferguson joining Communication scholars in discussion.
  • Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3:30 p.m. CT, Sheraton: The Color of Place: Influences on Democracy, Environmental and Climate Change. Dr. Beverly Wright, founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in New Orleans, will explore the relationship between the denial of access to our democratic process and the resulting environmental decisions that have directly influenced the political-economic and social impacts of climate change.

To attend:

WHAT: National Communication Association’s 108th Annual Convention

WHEN: November 17-20, 2022

WHERE: New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal Street and the Sheraton New Orleans, 500 Canal Street

COVID-19 protocol: Upon arrival at the Convention in New Orleans, all attendees must go through on-site COVID-19 vaccine verification prior to receiving their badge and materials or attending any Convention activities. See full information and pre-Convention instructions here.

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

For full program information: visit or contact B. Denise Hawkins at 202-534-1107 or



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