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2019 Becker Conference schedule


Saturday, October 26
Iowa City Public Library Meeting Room A
Iowa City, Iowa

Join us for a one-day event with three renowned communication experts who will help us explore how to listen for opportunities to create more egalitarian possibilities within interpersonal, mediated, and public spaces.

This conference honors the life and work of Samuel L. Becker (1923–2012), noted communication scholar and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the University of Iowa Department of Communication Studies. The department has assembled a day of speakers to address the conference theme “Listening for Justice in Public and Private Spaces” from a wide range of perspectives from the field of communication.

The 2019 Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference is free; advance registration is required and available here:


9:45-10:00 am Check-in
10:00-10:15 am Coffee and Snacks
10:15-10:30  am

Welcome by Kembrew McLeod, Professor, Communication Studies, University of Iowa

10:30-11:15 am

Keynote 1: Introduction, Kristiana Baez
“Witnessing” and “Pledging”: Activist Rhetorics Imagining Sanctuary
Kent A. Ono, Professor, Department of Communication, University of Utah

11:15-11:45 am Q&A
11:45 am-1:00pm Lunch on your own
1:00-1:45 pm Keynote 2: Introduction, Jaclyn Dinndorf
Reciprocal Invitations: Dialogic Listening Across Difference
Elizabeth S. Parks, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Assistant Director of the Center for Public Deliberation, Colorado State University
1:45-2:15 pm Q&A
2:15-2:30 pm Break
2:30-3:15 pm  Keynote 3: Introduction, Veronica Sun
Hearing What I am Seeing, Feeling What I am Thinking: From Tongues to Acts!
Herman Gray, Professor Emeritus, Department of Sociology, University of California Santa Cruz
3:15-3:45 pm Q&A
3:45-4:00 pm


4:00-4:45 pm

Final Thoughts: Opportunities at the Intersections
Discussion Featuring Speakers and Audience, Moderated by Tim Havens

5:00-7:00 pm

Dinner Reception for Preregistered Guests

hotelVetro​​​​​​ - E.W. Lehman Ballroom