Casey Kelly, Ph.D., a visiting assistant professor in the College of Communication’s Media, Rhetoric and Culture program, will be a featured speaker at the Western States Communication Association (WSCA) annual convention on Feb. 18, 2012, in Albuquerque, N.M.

WSCA is a not-for-profit educational association of more than 1,000 scholars, teachers, and students of communication from around the world.

The association’s Rhetoric and Public Address division invited Kelly to present his research on American Indian rhetoric and social change. He will be featured during a special preconference session, along with Professor Oscar Giner of Arizona State University and Professor Catherine Helen Palczewski of University of Northern Iowa.

Kelly’s published research has investigated the historical development of American Indian self-determination rhetoric, rhetorical responses of the U.S. government to indigenous rights claims, and the racial dynamics of debates over authenticity and Indian identity. He is currently working on a book project that explores the rhetoric of the 1969-1971 American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island.

Hoerl, Campbell, Kelly Present in New OrleansKelly, along with CCOM faculty members Rose Campbell and Kristen Hoerl, presented multiple competitively-selected papers and participated in round table conversations about research and activism, during the National Communication Association conference Nov. 17-20 in New Orleans.

Campbell is an associate professor in the college’s Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism. Her presentations included “Voices of Japan-U.S. Relationships: Reflecting the Past, Considering the Present and Envisioning the Future” and “A Tribute to Japanese Disaster Victims: Cross-Cultural Voices of Crisis Management of the 2011 Great Eastern Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Radiation Leak.”

Hoerl is an assistant professor in the Media, Rhetoric and Culture program. Her conference activities included the following:

Presentations: “Resistance in Outlaw Culture: Women’s Liberation and the Underground Press (1965-1970)” and ” ‘Family Ties’ as Neoliberal Rhetoric: How I Learned to Love Alex P. Keaton and Stop Worrying about Reagan.”

Roundtable discussions: “Junior and Contingent Faculty: Voices of Activism from Windowless Offices” and “Giving Voice to those Silenced on May 4, 1970: How and Why to Remember the Kent State Shootings.”

Panel respondent: “The Cultural Politics of Deviance: Representing Drugs and Crime in the City and the Cell.”

Kelly participated in these conference sessions:

Presentations: “Neocolonialism and the Global Prison in National Geographic’s ‘Locked Up Abroad,’ ” “Contested Freedom: The National Indian Youth Council and Counterhegemonic Struggle in Indian Affairs,” “Reform or Revolution: Visions of Sovereignty and Decolonization in Native Resistance Rhetoric” and “Disposable Labor: Navajo Uranium Miners and Indigenous Articulations of Work, Alienation, and Solidarity.” 

Roundtable discussion: “Finding Voice in the ‘Prison Abolition’ Movement.”

Panel respondent: “Visible Identities: Bodies, Art, Fashion and Style” and “Mediating Race in Film, Television and Language.”

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