Communication Department elects a new chair

Professor Lester C. Olson became the new the Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh on January 1, 2014. He holds a secondary appointment in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program and is an affiliate of the Cultural Studies Program. A Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher, Professor Olson specializes in public address, visual rhetoric, and human rights rhetoric. His books include Emblems of American Community in the Revolutionary Era (1991), Benjamin Franklin’s Vision of American Community (2004), and, with co-editors Cara A. Finnegan and Diane S. Hope, Visual Rhetoric (2007). His most recent book is Human Rights Rhetoric: Traditions of Testifying and Witnessing (2012) with co-editor Arabella Lyon. His essays concerning Audre Lorde’s public advocacy can be found in the Quarterly Journal of Speech (1997, 1998 and 2011), Philosophy & Rhetoric (2000),  American Voices (2005), Queering Public Address (2007), The Responsibilities of Rhetoric (2010), The Literary Encyclopedia (2011), and Standing in the Intersection: Feminist Voices, Feminist Practices in Communication Studies (2012). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in visual rhetoric, rhetorical criticism, and human rights rhetoric. We are thankful to have an exceptional scholar as Dr. Lester C. Olson to lead the department for the next term. Congratulations are in order and the department can look ahead to further its' successes.