Amy Young to deliver first colloquium of fall quarter titled ‘Talk Nerdy to Me’

Amy-YoungOn October 21, Amy Young from Pacific Lutheran will be giving the first fall colloquium. Please join us; all are welcome.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21 from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
WHERE: CMU 126

SYNOPSIS: “Talk Nerdy to Me”

Intellectuals and scholars in the modern academy are often working on questions and issues of far-reaching and critical public importance, but are limited by time, political anxiety, and resources to take our work public. An increasing corporatization of the academy, demand for intellectuals to secure external funding, and financial crises at the state and federal levels devastating institutional bottom lines, among other issues, lead all of us to consider the relevance, reach, and impact of our work. What will the academy support? What is our social contract? What is the relationship between what we do for a living and who we are as citizens?

Professor Amy Young’s talk is both descriptive and prescriptive–she traces public intellectualism in the Western rhetorical tradition, arguing that scholars of Communication are particularly well positioned to model citizen scholarship. She also offers practical steps to start taking intellectual work public in ways that will connect with constituencies outside the walls of our classrooms and beyond the boundaries of our campuses.

BIO: Amy Young is the Chair of Communication and Theatre at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She is also an Associate Professor of Communication, with an area of emphasis in public relations. Her book, published in 2014, is titled “Prophets, Gurus, and Pundits: Rhetorical Styles and Public Engagement.” Young presented a TEDxTacoma talk in 2015 under the theme “Did you know…” She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric from the University of Texas in 2007, her M.A. in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2003, and her B.A. in Communication Studies from Vanderbilt University.