6 p.m., Featured Speaker #1 Prof. Jennifer L. Bevan, Chapman University
Dr. Bevan (B.A., M.A., University of Delaware, Ph.D.; University of Georgia) is a professor in the School of Communication at Chapman University, in Orange, CA. Dr. Bevan’s research interests include the negotiation of difficult interactions such as jealousy, ongoing conflict, family caregiving, and uncertainty, and related health correlates of these experiences. Dr. Bevan's publications include almost 60 scholarly articles and book chapters in such journals as Human Communication Research, Communication Research, Journal of Health Communication, and Computers in Human Behavior. She was recognized in 2009 and 2016 as one of the most prolific and central scholars in the communication discipline. Her first book, The Communication of Jealousy (published by Peter Lang in 2013) was awarded the 2014 Diamond Anniversary Book Award by the National Communication Association (NCA), the 2016 International Association for Relationship Research Book Award, and the 2014 Gerald R. Miller Book Award by the Interpersonal Communication Division of NCA. he recently completed her term as the editor of the journal Communication Reports.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Student presentations in plenary sessions
5 p.m., Featured speaker #2 Prof. Myra Washington, University of New Mexico
Dr. Washington is an Associate Professor and Director of the Communication and Journalism doctoral program at the University of New Mexico. Her research and publications focus on cultural studies, critical media and digital media studies, as well as on representations of race and sexuality in popular culture. Her book Blasian Invasion: Racial Mixing in the Celebrity Industrial Complex (2017) examines mixed-race black/Asian people as a way to critique current understandings of race in the U.S.
9-10:30 a.m., Workshop sessions
Students will meet in small groups with faculty to discuss projects and research interests.
10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Two concurrent sessions
Session 1: Interested students will meet with faculty to discuss options for pursuing graduate work in Communication Studies.
Session 2: Students interested in exploring how the Communication Studies classroom can inform campus and civic activism will have a chance to hear presentations from some of their peers and discuss other ways to take what they’ve learned beyond the classroom.