2017 Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference
Interesting Questions: Movements and Networks
Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.; reception to follow View full schedule
Old Capitol Museum Senate Chamber on the University of Iowa campus
Iowa City, Iowa
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. In his 1984 keynote address to the Central States Speech Association, Sam took up the theme of "interesting questions" to argue for more sustained intradisciplinary conversations among communication studies scholars, which will better enable them to address critical issues in our time. In that spirit, we've assembled a day of speakers to address the themes of bodies and technologies, which are issues that Sam addressed in his own work, are of central concern to communication studies, and represent thematic areas of inquiry in our own Department.
The theme for the 2017 Becker Conference is Movements and Networks. Featuring prominent scholars Lisa Flores, Lori Kido Lopez, and Rachel Smith, the 2017 conference will examine interesting questions at the cutting edge of Communication Studies scholarship. The 2017 theme invites exploration of the ways that movements and networks—broadly conceived—challenge our thinking about social influence, political resistance, borders and belonging, and modes of community and citizenship. Movements and Networks considers a range of contemporary and historical cultural phenomena for its communicative import, raising new questions about what communication is and how it shapes our world.
View the conference schedule. The 2017 Samuel L. Becker Memorial Conference is free; advance registration is required and available here.
Staying the night? We have a room block at the Hampton Inn, with a special $149 rate (code: UIC). http://iowacityia.hamptoninn.com Several hotels in neighboring Coralville have rooms available, too, if you book soon.