Agora Speaker Series

The Agora is a speaker series within the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh that invites scholars to share work of relevance to the many aspects of communication scholarship.  The Agora features faculty and graduate students from both the Department of Communication and the wider University of Pittsburgh community, as well as other noted scholars from around the world.  Past Agoras have included such notable guest speakers as Karma Chavez, Dilip Gaonkar, Thomas Goodnight, Debra Hawhee, Ronald Jackson, Joan Leach, John Lucaites, David Nye, Paddy Scannell and Eric King Watts.

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September 7, 2018, 3:00-5:00
“The Year of the Angry White Male: The 1994 Midterm and the Conservative Populist Crisis”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Paul Johnson, University of Pittsburgh

September 28, 2018 3:00-5:00
“Spatial Debilities: Slow Life and Disaster Capitalism in Palestine”
1500 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Jasbir Puar, Rutgers University

October 19, 2018 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
“Proud to be Autistic: Rejecting dominant metaphors of Autism and reclaiming Autism as identity”
Jessica Benham

“Are These HITs Worth Turking for? The Paradoxical Reality of Amazon’s Mechanical Turk and Precarious Labor in the Sharing Economy”
Ambrose Curtis

“Blurred Borderlands: Sustainability and the Urban/Nature Divide at the Frick Environmental Center”
Kaitlyn Haynal

November 2, 2018, 3:00-5:00

208B Cathedral of Learning
Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations

“Withheld Medicalization: The FDA’s General Considerations for the Clinical Evaluation of Drugs and the Construction of the Female Medical Subject”
Hillary Ash

“Playing at the Funerary Pyre: Rhetoric at Play in Plato’s Menexenus”
Ryan Blank

“‘All The Things You Could Be By Now If Sigmund Freud Wasn’t Out to Destroy Western Civilization’: The Lost Object of White Nationalism”
Rishi Chebrolu 

November 30, 2018, 3:00-5:00
“Reality Bites: Rhetoric and the Circulation of Truth Claims in U.S. Political Culture”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Dana Cloud, Department of Communication and Rhetorcial Studies, Syracuse University


Last AY presentations

February 2, 2018, 3:00-5:00
Explorations in the History of Rhetoric
208B Cathedral of Learning

“By Beauty Destroyed: Ancient Greek Anxiety Concerning the Fragility of the Stronger in Sophocles’ The Women of Trachis”
Birney Young, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

“Oratory and writing in Vico’s early works: A reading of the transformation of rhetoric”
Giuseppe Moro, Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa

February 15, 2018, 5:30-7:00
“‘Every Black Child is as Good as Queen Victoria’s Son’: Clandestine Learning and the Rhetoric of Radical Reconstruction”
3106 Posvar Hall
Angela Ray, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University

February 23, 2018, 3:00-5:00
Department of Communication, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
208B Cathedral of Learning

“‘Pretty Brilliant Too’: Oral Histories of the Advertising Rhetoric in and Creation of Verizon’s ‘Inspire Her Mind’ Commercial”
Deborah Danuser

“An exploratory investigation of secondary school administrators’ perspectives on digital communication technologies and rural school environments”
Alvin J. Primack

“Expecting the Unexpected: Kairotic Moments and Rhetorical Intervention in Birth Narratives”
Robin Zwier

March 23, 2018, 3:00-5:00
“‘HIV is the New Diabetes’:  Paranoia, Precarity, and the Politics of Sedentary Analogies”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Jeffrey Bennett, Department of Communication Studies, Vanderbilt University

April 6, 2018, 3:00-5:00
“Responding to the Right on Campus as a Social Movement: Putting Struggles over ‘Free Speech’ and ‘Academic Freedom’ in Historical and Material Context”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Dana Cloud, Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, Syracuse University

April 20, 2018, 3:00-5:00
“Animated States: The Aesthetics, Politics, and Technology of Soviet and German Cel Animation, 1930-1940”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Olga Blackledge, Department of Communication, University of Pittsburgh

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