Communication Annual Lecture Series

The Inaugural Communication Annual Lecture will be the talk “Post-Disciplinarity and Public Scholarship in Communication Studies” by Silvio Waisbord, Ph.D. It will take place on Friday, February 28 at 12:30 p.m. in the Integrative Learning Center Communication Hub on the third floor.

In this talk, Professor Waisbord argues that long before “interdisciplinary” became a buzzword, communication studies was already a “post-discipline,” crossing multiple academic fields. Moreover, Waisbord offers a way out of the ensuing chaos and confusion: cultivate a range of public interventions in a variety of areas and settings, thus bridging innovative scholarship and addressing some of the most pressing problems in the world today.

The lecture series will invite national and internationally-recognized scholars every spring to the UMass Amherst campus to dialogue with faculty, students, and the campus community at large about their outstanding scholarship and contributions to the field of communication in the analysis of contemporary social problems. This opens a new tradition for the department.

“In this forum we want to recognize and highlight academic excellence, plurality of perspectives and methodological traditions within the discipline,” said Martha Fuentes-Bautista, senior lecturer and director of engaged research and engagement.

Waisbord is a professor in the School of Media and Public Affairs at the George Washington University. His most recent books are “Communication: A Post-Discipline” (Polity, 2019) and “The Communication Manifesto” (Wiley, 2019). In addition to these accomplishments, he was an editor-in-chief, lecturer, and author. 

Speakers in the Communication Annual Lecturer Series are nominated and selected by members of faculty and the graduate student body at large.

Attendees are asked to RSVP online to attend the lecture.

--Sabrina Kaliouby, '20