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Cover of bookCongratulations to Business Communication professor Dr. Heather Harris on the upcoming (May) release of her second edited book, Neo-Race Realities in the Obama Era, through SUNY Press.

The editors at SUNY Press write:

"Neo-race Realities in the Obama Era expands the discourse about Barack Obama’s two terms as president by reflecting upon the impact of neo-racism during his tenure. Continually in conversation with Étienne Balibar’s conceptualization of neo-racism as being racism without race, the contributors examine how identities become the target of neo-racist discriminatory practices and policies in the United States. Individual chapters explore how President Obama’s multiple and intersecting identities beyond the racial binaries of Black and White were perceived, as well as how his presence impacted certain marginalized groups in our society as a result of his administration’s policies. Evidencing the hegemonic complexity of neo-racism in the United States, the contributors illustrate how the mythic post-race society that many wished for on election night in 2008 was deferred, in order to return to the uncomfortable comfort zone of the way America used to be."

Best wishes to Dr. Harris!

Ronnie Lordi at a comedy club

Business Communication alum Ronnie Lordi is making a name for himself in the world of stand-up comedy in New York City, but recently ventured into managing a comedy site. A recent New York Post article highlighted his work “Live at the Barbershop” in one of the city’s more unusual comedy clubs. According to the article, "Lordi usually performs a quick opening set before introducing the first of some five or six comics a night. So far, the surprise guests have included Judah Friedlander (“30 Rock”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”) and Dante Nero (“The Blacklist”)." The barbershop doubles during the day as a traditional site for a shave and a haircut but is transformed into a small club for the evening events. Congratulations, Ronnie! (Photo from the New York Post)

Article by Emily Rosenthal in The Catholic Review

Intrepid reporter Emily Rosenthal, staff writer for The Catholic Review and Business Communication alum, had the opportunity to cover her own engagement in a delightful piece celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Since Emily met her fiance while they were students at Delone Catholic High School, her story, featured in the February issue of the publication, focused on one of the more interesting benefits of Catholic schooling. Congratulations, Emily! (Photo from The Catholic Review)

Savana HerndonLook at Business Communication major Savana Herndon starring on the Mustang women's basketball program on January 12 in the team's win vs. Widener University! Savana, a junior guard for the Mustangs, was a team captain for her South River High School team and averages 9.7 minutes per game this season for head coach Jackie Boswell.  Savana also serves as a sports editor for The Villager and has made a name for herself in feature writing as well.

NCA convention information and logo
From the NCA website.....

The convention theme, “Communication for Survival,” is designed to help inspire us to think about the ways communication improves lives, helps people build relationships, sustain communities, change society for the better, and provide peace of mind. As scholars, teachers, students, leaders, and community members, I hope I can count on you to consider the ways communication can help people and the planet to survive. I imagine that convention attendees will be discussing change: the Black Lives Matter movement; the #metoo movement; international relations; apocalyptic rhetoric; driving while black or brown; homo sacer; the prison industrial complex; terrorism; economic crisis; natural and man-made disasters; gun violence; health care; and/or utilitarian and pragmatic approaches to communication. Additionally, the theme might inspire engagement with and innovation of current theoretical scholarship (e.g., social movement theory, theories of social change, neoliberalism, racial microaggressions, biopolitics and necropolitics, racial battle fatigue, queer futurity, integrated communication, negotiation, etc.).The theme is meant to challenge our community to think about the many ways in which communication can help improve our lives and our communities.

~ Kent A. Ono
NCA Second Vice President

 
 
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