NCA Opening Session: Engaging the Verbs of Social Justice as We Trace Our Legacies and Our Relevance

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Thu, 11/16: 5:00 PM  - 6:30 PM 
Room: Dallas Ballroom B - First Floor (Conference Center) 
The Opening Session of the National Communication Association will feature an interactive panel of communication scholars and poets who do work around social identity, difference, performance poetry, and embodied learning as communication praxis. In this opening session, the audience will be called to participate in interactive and imaginative ways, blurring the boundaries between audience, participant, artist, and academic, and engaging what D. Soyini Madison calls a "performance of possibilities." The invited panelists and poets will use poetry and aesthetic responses to ask each other and the audience to think critically about the legacies we carry forward with us, who those legacies belong to, how they potentially impact our futures, and what we must invent to critically imagine new futures and remain relevant.

The invited participants are from different levels of experience and at different levels of their career because all too often people are excluded from legacy conversations. This panel bridges together the missing legacies that make our discipline and our bodies relevant beyond the academy.


Amber Lauren Johnson, Saint Louis University  - Contact Me


Rachel N. Hastings, Southwestern College  - Contact Me
Edward Mabrey, Poet  - Contact Me
Imani Cezanne, Poet  - Contact Me


Javon Johnson, San Francisco State University  - Contact Me
Benny LeMaster, California State University, Long Beach  - Contact Me
Miranda Olzman, San Francisco State University  - Contact Me
Dana L. Cloud, Syracuse University  - Contact Me
Patricia A. Suchy, Louisiana State University  - Contact Me
Julie-Ann Scott, University of North Carolina, Wilmington  - Contact Me
Jeffrey Q. McCune, Washington University  - Contact Me


NCA First Vice President