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. Cosponsored by the Waterhouse Family Institute & BoulderTalks, this conference will be held April 7-9, 2017 at Villanova University--and proposals will be accepted starting in April, 2016, with a final deadline of August 8, 2016! To access the full description and call for papers, please download the CFP on the right.
About The Just Transition Conference: In these times, our only guarantee is that nothing is going to remain the same. This may give pause for feelings of pre-loss, fear, and anxiety about our own ecological precarity, as well as anger about how crises often are mobilized to exacerbate already existing patterns of political inequity. It also might inspire us to imagine how we can re-energize new power relations, create opportunities for political revolutions, and imagine a future worth striving towards. “Just transition” is a term developed by labor and climate justice movements to advocate the idea that the major transformation we are undergoing from a global fossil fuel carbon-based economy to a renewable energy economy should incorporate ecological and social justice. Advocates imagine this conjuncture not just as a retreat from a whole way of life, but also an opportunity to reassess and re-energize local and global cultural regimes of value. We welcome any and all submissions that will address these pressing and vital issues of social justice. More information? Please consult our CFP and/or contact the WFI Director.
Past WFI Symposia