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 6, 2019, 3:00-5:00
“The Color of Creatorship: Intellectual Property, Race & the Making of Americans”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Anjali Vats, Boston College

September 27, 2019, 3:00-5:00
“Fear and the First Amendment”
208B Cathedral of Learning
Kevin Johnson, California State University—Long Beach
Co-Sponsored by the Rhetoric Society of America


October 3, 2019, 2:00-4:00
“Free To... Be Black as Hell”: Black Feminist Pedagogies and Writing Lives in the Makings of 21st Century Freedoms”
4303 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Dr. Carmen Kynard, Texas Christian University
Co-Sponsored by DBLAC, the Center for Urban Education, the Department of Communication, the Department of English, and the Department of English’s Composition Program


October 11, 2019, 3:00-5:00
Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
208B Cathedral of Learning

“‘Trumped Up Charges’: Demonstration, Dissent, and the Defense of DisruptJ20.”
Rachel Clancy

“Driving into the Future while Looking in the Rearview Mirror: Innovation Communication, Transportation Policy Mobilities, and Uber Urbanism”
Curry Chandler

“Jack Ryan: Becoming a Sovereign Agent”
Kelly O’Donnell


October 25, 2:00-5:00
Transnational, Hemispheric, and Cold War Arts: A Collective Book Launch
602 Cathedral of Learning

Caitlin Bruce, University of Pittsburgh

Harris Feinsod, Northwestern University

Jennifer Josten, University of Pittsburgh


October 25, 7:00 (doors open at 5:30)
Disability & the Future: A conversation on conserving and promoting human diversity with author Rosemarie Garland-Thomson
Senator John Heinz History Center, 1212 Smallman St., Pittsburgh
Sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh Disability Studies Reading Group and the Center for Bioethics


November 8, 2019, 3:00-5:00
Department of Communication, Graduate Student Pre-Conference Presentations
208B Cathedral of Learning

“A Stranger in Wakanda: Erik Killmonger and Black Natal Alienation”
Charles Athanasopoulos

“Reading the Adpocalypse: Precarity on YouTube”
Kory Riemensperger

“Anti-blackness and Asian Victimhood in Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard”
Corinne Sugino


November 22, 2019, 3:00-5:00
Book Release: On Becoming Neighbors: The Communication Ethics of Fred Rogers (University of Pittsburgh Press)
208B Cathedral of Learning
Alexandra Klaren, Johns Hopkins University


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View past Agora Speaker Series events.