#AAPA2019: African American Public Address Pre-Conference at NCA

The National Communication Association will sponsor a day-long pre-conference titled "Yet with a Steady Beat": Creating and Sustaining the African American Public Address Tradition on Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at its national conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Chaired and organized by Andre E. Johnson, Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Media Studies at the University of Memphis, the conference will consist of panel presentations and a roundtable discussion centered on the recent conversation around diversity versus merit. 

**All of the pre-registered seating is gone! However, we are collecting a waiting list. If you are still interested in attending, please sign up here to be placed on the waiting list.

Sponsor: Preconferences
Wed, 11/13/19: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Baltimore Convention Center
Room: 344 (300 Level) 

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Below is the schedule:

8am-8:30am: Gathering, Introduction to the pre-conference:

8:30am-9:45am-Panel 1: Politics and Protest in African American Public Address

Chair: Natonya Listach, University of Memphis

David A. Frank, University of Oregon

DamariyƩ L. Smith, University of Memphis

Erica Cooper, East Carolina University

Andrew Boge, University of Iowa

Respondent: Richard Leeman, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte


10:00am-11:15am: Panel 2: Religious Rhetoric and Oratory

Chair: Melissa Renee Harris, Howard University

Earle Fisher, Memphis Theological Seminary

Nicole McDonald, Christian Theological Seminary

Scott Varda, Baylor University

Matt Farmer, University of Georgia

Respondent: David G. Holmes, Pepperdine University


11:30am-12:45pm- Roundtable: Diversity vs Merit: A Response to the DS Controversy

Jack Daniel, Co-founder of the Black Caucus of the National Communication Association

Dorthy Pennington, University of Kansas

Richard Besel, Grand Valley State University

Kimberly Moffitt, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Carlos Morrison, Alabama State University

Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas, Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus

Roslyn Satchel, Pepperdine University

Moderator: Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis


1:00pm-2:15pm: Panel 3: Womanist Rhetorical Theory and Criticism 

Chair: Ayo Morton, University of Memphis

Kimberly P. Johnson, Tennessee State University

Tiffany J. Bell, Valparaiso University

Dianna Watkins-Dickerson, University of Memphis

A. Madlock-Gatison, Independent Scholar

Respondent: Toniesha L. Taylor, Texas Southern University


2:30pm-3:45pm: Panel 4: Future Directions

Chair: Lionnell "Badu" Smith, University of Memphis

Kelly Jakes, College of Charleston

Carolin Aronis, University of Colorado Boulder & Natasha Shrikant, University of Colorado Boulder

Kristine Warrenburg Rome, Flagler College

Nicholas Prephan, Wayne State University & Arthi Chandrasekaran, Wayne State University

Respondent: Robert Terrill, Indiana University

3:45-4:00pm: Concluding Remarks

4:00pm-5:15: Roundtable: In the Beginning Was the Word: Understanding the Intersection of Rhetoric Race and ReligionHosted by the Religious Communication Association.

Location: Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel. 300 South Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. 

Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis

Dianna Watkins-Dickerson, University of Memphis

Kimberly P. Johnson, Tennessee State University

Christopher House, Ithaca College

R. Janae Pitts-Murdock, Christian Theological Seminary

Earle Fisher, Memphis Theological Seminary

Michelle E. Shaw, Northwestern University

Monique Moultrie, Georgia State University

Kyle Brooks, Methodist Theological School in Ohio

C.L. Dangerfield, University of Memphis

7:00pm-8:30pm: Pulpit Oratory: Jesus and the Black Prophetic Tradition 
Hosted by New Saint Mark Baptist Church, 3905 Springdale Avenue Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Bowyer G. Freeman

Guest Speaker: Andre E. Johnson, University of Memphis