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Date(s) - February 15, 2024
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Lory Student Center, University Ballroom


Keynote Speaker: Campus Misinformation

February 15 | 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. | Lory Student Center University Ballroom

Join us our Communication Studies Week Keynote Speaker Event featuring Bradford Vivian, Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Penn State, and students from our Center for Public Deliberation.  Vivian will present “The Authoritarian Sources of Misinformation About Universities Today,” while the Center for Public Deliberation discusses its process on miscommunication. Speech competition winners will also share a few of their award winning speeches.

Whether you are a communication studies student or simply concerned about the state of truth and discourse on campus, this free event promises to be an illuminating and solution-oriented conversation. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be an impactful evening.

About Bradford Vivian

Headshot of Brad Vivian, Professor of Communication Arts and SciencesBradford Vivian is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts and Sciences. His research and teaching focuses on theories of rhetoric and public controversies over collective memories of past events.

Vivian is the author of Campus Misinformation: The Real Threat to Free Speech in American Higher Education (Oxford University Press),  Commonplace Witnessing: Rhetorical Invention, Historical Remembrance, and Public Culture (Oxford University Press), Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric and Politics of Beginning Again (Penn State Press) and Being Made Strange: Rhetoric beyond Representation (SUNY Press). He is also co-editor, with Anne Teresa Demo, of Rhetoric, Remembrance, and Visual Form: Sighting Memory  (Routledge). Vivian’s work has also appeared in such journals as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, History and Memory, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly.

His honors and awards include a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend and, from the National Communication Association, the James A. Winans-Herbert A. Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address, the Critical/Cultural Studies Division Book of the Year Award, and the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award.