Title: Black “Matter” Lives
Date: October 23rd from 2-4pm
Dr. Melissa Meade's dissertation, In the Shadow of "King Coal": Memory, Media, Identity, and Culture in the PostIndustrial Pennsylvania Anthracite Region, recevied the 2020 Best Dissertation Award from the National Communication Association Ethnography Division. The reviewers noted that the writing is "fantastic" and offers a "rich and compelling telling of the small-town experience" of its residents in an evocative narrative.
Dr. Evan Schares's dissertation, "An Archive of Pain: In Queer Suicide's Cultural Wake," won the dissertation of the year award from NCA's GLBTQ Communication Studies Division. The dissertation is a queer of color ideological critique of the white affective investments surrounding a number of recent queer suicides or suicide attempts.
Dr. Melissa Meade's dissertation, In the Shadow of "King Coal": Memory, Media, Identity, and Culture in the PostIndustrial Pennsylvania Anthracite Region, received the 2020 Constance Coiner Dissertation Award from the Working-Class Studies Association for a dissertation that: "provides insightful and engaging depictions of working-class life, culture, and movements, which addresses issues related to the working class, and which highlights the voices, experiences, and perspectives of working-class people."
Dr. Raka Shome is the 2020 recipient of NCA's Rhetoric and Communication Theory Division's Distinguished Scholar award, which honors a current member of the division for significant contributions to scholarship in rhetorical and/or communication theory during the past ten years. The award recognizes Dr. Shome as a figure who has earned renown in the field for scholarship, for a body of research that has significant and enduring value, and for a body of scholarship that serves as a touchstone not only in rhetorical theory, but also in communication and critical cultural studies as well as postcolonial communication theory.