Past Agora Series Events

Fall 2017-18

September 8, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“The Weimar Origins of Political Theory”
208B Cathedral of Learning
David Marshall, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

September 29, 2017, 3:00-5:00
Politics, Social Movements, and the Law
208B Cathedral of Learning

“Bound by Heredity: Disability and Reproductive Justice in Buck v. Bell” Sept
Hillary Ash, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

“Youth Sexting, Child Pornography Law, and the First Amendment: Toward an Alternative Media Production and Distribution Model for Evaluating Youth Sexual Expression”
Alvin Primack, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

“Why Do Social Movements Fail? An Analysis of Occupy Cal and Robert Reich’s Mario Savio Memorial Lecture”
Birney Young, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

October 5, 2017, 6:15-7:30
“Revolutionary Pedagogy:  An Africological Counterpoint to Cultural Injustice”
Frick Fine Arts Auditorium
Molefi Kete Asante, Department of African American Studies, Temple University
(Sponsored by the Department of Africana Studies)

October 20, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Political Imaginaries and Political Argument”
332 Cathedral of Learning
Mary Stuckey, Department of Communication Arts and Sciences, Penn State University

October 27, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Constructing the Terrorist Threat: Islamophobia, the Media, and the War on Terror”
332 Cathedral of Learning
Deepa Kumar, School of Communication and Information, Rutgers University

November 10, 2017, 3:00-5:00
Space, Difference, and Resistance
208B Cathedral of Learning

“Visualizing Urban Displacement through a Lefebvrian Lens: Aesthetic Spatial Practice and Mediated Differential Space”
Curry Chandler, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

“‘The Battle of Sacramento’: An Analysis of White Nationalism, Space, and Circulation”
Rishi Chebrolu, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

“‘We Have Chosen to Act’: Collective Rhetoric and Resistance at the Santa Cruz Birth Center”
Robin Kanak Zwier, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh
 

Spring 2017

January 13, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Trump, Twitter, and the Short Circuits of Technoliberalism”
602 Cathedral of Learning
Damien Pfister, University of Maryland

February 3, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“I, The People: American Conservatism, Political Theory, and the Populism’s Discontents”
208A Cathedral of Learning
Paul Johnson, University of Pittsburgh

February 17, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“The Dangerous Public Fantasies of Post-racialism and the Black Bogeyman”
G24 Cathedral of Learning
Ronald Jackson, University of Cincinnati

February 24, 2017, 3:00-5:00
208A CL
Department of Communication, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“Media Accessibility: Narratives from People with Disabilities”
Jessica Benham

“Make Your Own Adventure: The Materiality and Circulation of Noncommercial Games for the Early Home Computing Environment”
Logan Blizzard

“‘Don’t be mad at me because I don't trust you’: Community Engagement in Neighborhood Redevelopment”
Curry Chandler

March 24, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“‘At One Point We All Rebelled’: Hip Hop Graffiti Grrlz and the Performance of Feminist Masculinity”
208A CL
Jessica N. Pabón, SUNY Newpaltz

March 31, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Writing the Revolution: Feminist Rhetorics of the Second Wave”
232 Cathedral of Learning
Bonnie Dow, Vanderbilt University

April 21, 2017, 3:00-5:00
“Emotional Icons: Celebrity, Digital Culture, and Networks of Affect”
602 Cathedral of Learning
Claire Sisco King, Vanderbilt University

Fall 2016

Calum Matheson, University of Pittsburgh
“Psychosis and Rhetoric: What Does the Sovereign Citizen Mean?”
September 16, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning

Thomas Nakayama, Northeastern University
“Digital Whiteness”
October 7, 2016 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning

Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
“‘A Legitimate Alternative?’: Inconclusive Findings as an Argumentative Resource in the Regulation of E-Cigarettes”
Daniel Beresheim

“Medicine or Quackery? The Argument Surrounding Research of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) at the National Institutes of Health”
Deborah Danuser

“Symbolically Transferring the Abject: Intersex Narratives and Affect in the Documentary Intersexion”
Al Primack
October 28, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning

Emily Deering Crosby, University of Pittsburgh
November 18, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
“A Rhetorical Eye-Con: The Ageless Americana of Patsy Cline”

Caitlin Bruce, University of Pittsburgh
“Painting Publics: Transnational Graffiti Scenes as Spaces of Encounter”
December 2, 2016, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
“Painting Publics: Transnational Graffiti Scenes as Spaces of Encounter”

Spring 2016

January 15, 2016, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
“Across the Great (Fire)Wall: China and the Global Internet”
Hong Shen, University of Illinois and Carnegie Mellon University

January 22, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
"At the Feet of Rhetorica"
Debra Hawhee, Pennsylvania State University

January 29, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“Recovering the Rhetoric of Mathematics”
Edward Schiappa, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

February 5, 2016, 3:00-5:00
Lower Lounge, William PItt Union
“In Search of the Clitoris”
Susan Wells, Temple University 

February 25, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“There was a Beep the Entire Time I was Working, or Performing Autistic Honesty at the Academic Masquerade Ball”  -
Jessica Benham
“Selling with Science: An Exploratory Look at the Role of Science in Television Commercials” –
Deborah Danuser
“Burke and #BlackLivesMatter: A Study in Framing Race”-
Samuel Allen & Hillary Ash
"Time for Slime: Reinforcement of Hegemonic Equilibrium Through Compensatory Fiction" –
Tyler Brunette

March 18, 2016, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“The Fight for Inclusion: Women, Activism, and the Early HIV/AIDS Epidemic”
Hillary Ash
“‘Does this Filter Make my Brisket Look Fatty?’: A Media Ecological and Rhetorical Exploration of Austin, TX and Pittsburgh, PA Food Cultures”
Jennifer Reinwald
“Hand Transplants and the Meaning of ‘Success’ in Non-Life-Saving Experimental Medicine: An Oral History from the Patients’ Perspective”
Emily Ruppel

April 8, 2016, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“Martin Heidegger’s 1924 Lecture Course on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: Key Research Implications”
Daniel Gross, University of California, Irvine

Fall 2015

September 11, 2015, 3:00-5:00
208A Cathedral of Learning
“Big Data and Global Knowledge: A Protagorean Analysis of the United Nations’ Global Pulse”
Johanna Hartelius, University of Pittsburgh

October 2, 2015, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
“Arguing Animus”
Peter Campbell, University of Pittsburgh

October 23, 2015, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
“Remixing Colorblind: Race, Education and Opportunity”
Sheena Howard, Rider University

November 13, 2015, 3:00-5:00
206 Cathedral of Learning
Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
“Between Control and Constraint: Charting Three Rhetorics of Patient Agency”
Ellen DeFossez
“I’m Not an Expert, But…”
Kaitlyn Haynal
“Hashtags and the Tetrad: Organizing Social Media Campaigns”
Jennifer Reinwald

December 4, 2015, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
“The Scales of Rhetoric: Inside the Dilemma of Sympathy and the Sensible Knave”
John Poulakos, University of Pittsburgh

Spring 2015

Robert Hariman, Northwestern University
"Seeing Society: Sociological Optics in Public Culture"
Friday, February 20, 2015, 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“Our Movies Made Children: Metaphor and the Infantilization of Film in the Payne Fund Motion Picture Studies”
Tyler Brunette
“Renegotiating Archival Absence: Black Women, Agency and the Issue of Reproductive <Freedom>”
Ashley Hall
“When the Rainbow is Not Enuf: Activism & the Everyday in London’s Black Gay and Lesbian Activist Ephemera”
Dominique Johnson
Friday, March 20, 2015 3:00pm-5:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Michael Hyde, Wake Forest University
“The Interruption that We Are:  Communication Ethics, the Lived Body, and Our Posthuman Future”
Friday, March 27, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Todd Reeser, University of Pittsburgh
“Setting Plato Straight: Translating Ancient Sexuality in the Renaissance"
Friday, April 10, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Janet Skupien, University of Pittsburgh
“‘Don’t think, but look!’: Understanding Wittgenstein’s Anti-Theoretical Stance”
Friday, April 17, 2015, 3:00pm-5:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

 

Fall 2014

Lester Olson
“Public Memory of Christopher Isherwood’s Novel, A Single Man:
Communication Ethics, Social Differences, and Alterity in Media Portrayals of Homosexuality”
Friday, September 12, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Nancy Struever, Johns Hopkins University
“Fashions in Body-Talk: Rhetoric and Medicine, Rhetoric and Neuroscience”
Friday, September 26, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

James Wynn, Carnegie Mellon University
“Can Winning Be Losing?: Citizen Science and the Politics of Redevelopment”
Friday, October 10, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Megan Foley, University of South Carolina
“Helen, Rhetoric’s Eidōlon”
Friday, October 24, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
William Upchurch
“Gamification in Education: Past and present patterns, and future trends”
Emily Deering Crosby
“Burke’s ‘Urge to Purge’: Exploring Rhetorical and Bodily Dualities for Today’s Critical Scholars”
Larissa Brian
“Spectacles of Terror and Ecstasy: Dispossessed Language and the Consumption of (Anti)-Blackness in Interracial Pornography”
Friday, November 7, 2014, 3:00pm
206 Cathedral of Learning

 

Spring 2014

Roundtable on Journal Article Publishing

Friday, April 4, 2014 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Sarah Bishop
"It’s Just What We Saw in the Movie”: Refugees Encounter U.S. Media"
Christopher Fischer
"I am going into the country to begin!" Kenneth Burke's turn to nature"
Derek Griesbach
"Anthropocene Project"
Friday, March 21, 2014 3:00pm
208A Cathedral of Learning

Fadoua Loudiy
"Symbolic justice, memory and state-sponsored violence"
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 3:00pm
332 Cathedral of Learning

Caitlin Bruce
"Mujeres en el Arte: Making Spaces Feel Public"
Friday, January 24, 2014 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning

Emily Cram
"Isn't that the Place?": Geographic Securitization, Queer Senses of Place, and Transformative Feelings after Matthew Shepard
Friday, January 17, 2014 3:00pm
208B Cathedral of Learning