Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture

Sponsor: NCA First Vice President
Fri, 11/20: 5:00 PM  - 6:00 PM 
Virtual Event 
Room: Zoom Room 35 
The Carroll C. Arnold Distinguished Lecture is given in plenary session each year at the annual convention of the Association and features the most accomplished researchers in the field. The topic of the lecture changes annually so as to capture the wide range of research being conducted in the field and to demonstrate the relevance of that work to society at large.

The purpose of the Arnold Lecture is to inspire not by words but by intellectual deeds. Its goal is to make the members of the Association better informed by having one of its best professionals think aloud in their presence. Over the years, the Arnold Lecture will serve as a scholarly stimulus for new ideas and new ways of approaching those ideas.

The Arnold Lecturer is chosen each year by the First Vice President. When choosing the Arnold Lecturer, the First Vice President is charged to select a long-standing member of NCA, a scholar of undisputed merit who has already been recognized as such, a person whose recent research is as vital and suggestive as his or her earlier work, and a researcher whose work meets or exceeds the scholarly standards of the academy generally.


David T. McMahan, Missouri Western State University  - Contact Me


NCA First Vice President
NCA National Office


The Challenge of Global Whiteness

Whiteness has been and will continue to be a major force in communication and, more specifically. intercultural communication. Whiteness is not simply about racialization, but about a much larger and entrenched system that is shaped by local, national contexts. The specific ways that whiteness has functioned does vary from more local and national contexts. However, these local and national contexts cannot be understood in isolation as whiteness transgresses national borders. These networks of whiteness were rooted centuries earlier in the histories of expansion and colonialism that have built a global network of whiteness. It is imperative that we understand the global networks of communication that sustain and fuel the ways that whiteness is confronting contemporary issues. Looking to the past and the present, the global and the local, this presentation uses a dialectical approach to expose the ways that these tensions give rise to whiteness. Looking at anti-Asian attacks worldwide due to COVID-19, white nationalist/supremacist attacks and white migration patterns as touchstones to argue that the global character of whiteness is key to understanding how functions to normalize whiteness globally, as well as locally. Whiteness communicates internationally. Understanding the dialectical tension between the local and the global helps uncover an important, but often overlooked, aspect of whiteness.  


Thomas K. Nakayama, Northeastern University  - Contact Me