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 7-9, 2017, at Villanova University--all of which will focus on climate justice, environmental racism, and just transition advocacy.
As part of these events, we will be hosting a public address by Aaron Mair, the new 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.
In addition to the public lecture from Mr. Mair and Mr. Bravo, we will be running a toxic tour in the Philadelphia area, and will also host an interdisciplinary academic panel offering interdisciplinary perspectives on expertise, science, and climate justice, 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. This exciting panel is free and open to the public, and will be held on Friday, April 7, from 2:30-4:00pm, in Driscoll Hall 134 on Villanova's campus.
Excited yet? We will be updating this website with a full schedule of events as we move closer to April 2017. In the meantime, more information? Please contact the WFI Director.
Past WFI Symposia