One of the ways that we enact the WFI’s mission — communication as central to the creation of positive social change — is through the annual sponsorship of symposia, lectures, workshops, conferences, and events. Although these events differ in specific theme, they all aim to create and strengthen a global network of Communication scholars and professionals, and to generate new conversations about communication, social change, and social justice.
Current WFI-Sponsored Events
JUST ANNOUNCED! The 2016-17 WFI Symposium: The Just Transition Conference: Communicating Power in an Age of Climactic Change. The WFI will be sponsoring a series of events from April 7-8, 2017, at Villanova University--all of which will focus on climate justice, environmental racism, and just transition advocacy.
- The symposium kicks off with an interdisciplinary panel, “Science, Expertise, and Environmental Justice,” on Friday, April 7th, from 2:30-4:00 pm in Villanova University’s Bartley Hall, room 2001. This panel brings together a rich diversity of perspectives on climate justice by featuring rhetorical scholar Phaedra C. Pezzullo from the University of Colorado, Boulder, professor of environmental studies Giovanna Di Chiro from Swarthmore College, and environmental chemist Amanda Grannas from Villanova. Again, this exciting panel is free and open to the public.
- Our next event will occur on the morning of Saturday, April 8th, when we will depart at 9:00am from Connelly Center at Villanova on a daylong Environmental Justice Tour of select Philadelphia sites. The Environmental Justice tour will allow participants an opportunity to engage firsthand with environmental activism and learn more about local efforts to advance climate justice. The EJ Tour is free of charge (and includes lunch), but space is limited! Those interested should register by April 5, 2017, by using the link available at: https://wfi.submittable.com/
- Following the conclusion of the EJ Tour, from 4:30-6:00 pm in Villanova’s Driscoll Hall room 134, we will feature our KEYNOTE EVENT, a public address by Aaron Mair, the President of the Sierra Club, and José T. Bravo of The Just Transition Alliance. This event will be free and open to the public, on Saturday April 8, from 4:30-6:00pm, in Driscoll Hall 134 on Villanova's campus.
These events seek to enact the WFI’s mission to create and strengthen a global network of Communication scholars and professionals, and to generate new conversations about communication, social change, and climate justice.
Excited yet? Mark your calendars, plan your trip to Villanova's campus, and register for the EJ Tour! In the meantime, more information? Please contact the WFI Director.
Past WFI Symposia