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National Communication Association’s 104th Annual Convention Highlights Communication Discipline Across a Variety of Issues

October 30, 2018
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NCA 104th Annual Convention

Washington, DC (November 1, 2018)—More than 4,000 Communication researchers, teachers, and students are expected at the National Communication Association (NCA) 104th Annual Convention to explore the theme of “Communication at Play.” Communication scholars will convene in Salt Lake City, Utah, to engage in deep discussions about communication’s role in issues such as race, feminism, higher education, relationships, and politics. The convention will also provide rich metaphorical resources for reconsidering the role and function of communication in breaking impasses, challenging cultural practice, providing perspective, and creating connections.

Among 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 influence and impact of Black Panther, refugee and immigration crises, post-truth, sex/gender politics, gaming and Artificial Intelligence, the future of the humanities, and more.  

To attend:

WHAT: National Communication Association’s 104th Annual Convention

WHEN: November 8-11, 2018

WHERE: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City, Utah


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


For full program information, visit or contact Jenna Sauber at 202-534-1104 or

Day of Service (Wednesday, 11/7: 4-6 pm): 

  • NCA and Kendall Hunt Publishers are sponsoring a service activity to stuff 2,00 back sacks with school supplies for local Salt Lake City students.

Opening Session (Thursday, 11/8: 5-6:30 pm)

  • A role-playing session featuring communication scholars embodying historical figures including Abraham Lincoln, Sojourner Truth, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton engaged in conversation about the lessons of history and the visions of America.

Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture (Friday, 11/9: 5-6 pm)

  • Dr. Joshua Gunn, University of Texas, Austin, will present “Gunplay,” arguing that understanding how play gets perverted in our time can help us to create more creative and humane alternatives to foul play.

NCA Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony (Saturday, 11/10: 5-6:30 pm)

  • NCA President Ronald L. Jackson II will speak on “Markers, Monuments, Metaphors, and Memes: Charting NCA’s Legacies.”
  • 29 Communication scholars will receive awards for their research, teaching, and service.
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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