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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January 25, 2019, 3:00-5:00
602 Cathedral of Learning
Book Release & Reading: Desiring the Bomb: Communication, Psychoanalysis, and the Atomic Age
Calum Matheson, University of Pittsburgh

February 8, 2019, 7:30pm
Wilkinsburg Community Forge 1256 Franklin Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15221
“Redeveloping a People’s Movement: Power and Public Participation in Chicago”
Nicole Marroquin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

March 1, 2019, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
Department of Communication, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences Summer Research Fellows
“The MIT Braillemboss, 1972-1984”
Daniel Beresheim

“Arguments in Brick: Agonism in Amsterdam School Architectural Design”
Sarah Constant

“Paradox and Truth in the Constitutional Origin: The Rhetoric of Mythical Constitutionalism in Japan from the Mid-19th to the Mid-20th Century”
Tomonori Teraoka

April 12, 2018, 3:00-5:00
208B Cathedral of Learning
“PROTECTing the Figure of Innocence: Child Pornography Legislation and the Queerness of Childhood”
Erin Rand, Syracuse University


Last AY presentations

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

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