Below are links to lectures that have been given in the Communications Building and/or by Department of Communication faculty. Some links contain video or audio of the lecture. To find out about upcoming colloquia, subscribe to our listserv.


Inaugural Lecture Series: In this series, recently promoted full professors and principal lecturers in the Department of Communication offer reflective, autobiographical lectures on the questions and ideas that motivate their scholarship, and the people and ideas that have inspired them. The department sponsors these lectures to honor faculty who have crossed the threshold of promotion to the highest rank in their appointment lines.

3/9/2016: “Organizing as a Muse, Technologies as Means” by Kirsten Foot

2/12/2014: “An auto-ethnography of an academic life” by Lisa Coutu

10/30/2013: “What Actually Happened Was Much Stranger: Research Adventures From Grad School to the Present” by Phil Howard

9/16/2013: “Rhetoric of Science: Crossing Disciplinary Boundaries“ by Leah Ceccarelli


Thomas Scheidel Lectures: The Thomas Scheidel Lecture has been a long-standing tradition since 1998 after the Thomas M. Scheidel Faculty Lecture Fund was created in 1997. It honors Scheidel’s lifetime of scholarship, teaching, and academic leadership by bringing distinguished scholars to the UW Department of Communication to meet with and lecture to faculty and students who are pursuing advanced study in communication. During Scheidel’s more than twenty-year career at the UW, he held the positions of Associate Dean and Departmental Chair twice, and was awarded for his Distinguished Service, Research, and as a Scholar.

3/4/2016: “Affective Publics: News Storytelling, Sentiment and Twitter” by Zizi Papacharissi

4/29/2015: “ The News Gap: When the Information Preferences of the Media and the Public Diverge” by Pablo Boczkowski

4/30/2014: “Professing Communication: An Attempt to Restore Confidence in Public Education and Civic Deliberation in a Climate of Distrust” by John Campbell

5/8/2013: “After Broadcast News: Media Regimes, Democracy, and the New Information Environment” by Michael Delli Carpini

2/15/2012: “Starstruck: The explosion of celebrity journalism and corrosion of the nightly news since 9/11″ by Susan Douglas

4/1/2011: “Lecture looks at love, sex, death in media life” by Mark Deuze

4/14/2010: “Orientalism and Visual Communication: Early Scientific Imagery of the Ottoman Empire” by Dr. Chandra Mukerji

4/29/2009: “Parks delivers Scheidel Faculty Lecture on science of personal relationship and networks” by Dr. Malcolm Parks

2/6/2008: “Media, Race and Black Power in Popular Memory” by Dr. Jane Rhodes

5/8/2007: “Communicating about heart healthy lifestyle changes: Challenges and strategies among couples coping with a cardiac event” by Dr. Daena Goldsmith

3/29/2006: “Interactivity as a Rhetorical Dimension of Web-Based Political Campaigning” by Barbara Warnick, PhD

5/5/2005: “When Diversity is Missing From Coverage of Diverse Events” by Dr. Barbie Zelizer


Colloquia / Visiting Lecturers: The Department of Communication is dedicated to bringing in thought-leaders and community trailblazers in the area of communication to present to faculty, students, and other interested members of the public.

3/1/2017: “Traveling Blackness: Race, Immigration and Media” by Manoucheka Celeste

2/28/2017: “Theorizing the Hyperracial Infringer- Constructing China as Postmillennial Yellow Peril” by Anjali Vats

11/15/2016: “Charting Collections of Connections in Social Media: Creating Maps and Measures with NodeXL” by Marc Smith

5/25/2016: “Reconsidering Conversation: Mobile Media as Communication Augmentations and Alternatives” by Meryl Alper

5/23/2016: “Activist Translators and Dominant Public Narratives” by Buket Dabancalı

5/18/2016: “LEGO’s Digital Dimensions” by Jonathan Rey Lee

5/11/2016: “This Year’s Model: Fashion, Media, and the Making of Glamour” by Elizabeth Wissinger

5/5/2016: “Hacking China: Making as Entrepreneurial Life” by Silvia Lindtner

4/20/2016: “Conspiracy along the Hudson: George Washington and the Newburgh Crisis” by Stephen Browne

3/31/2016: “The ‘hate spin’ challenge: Religious incitement and indignation as tools of contentious politics” by Cherian George

3/30/2016: “Attitudes Towards Issues of Diversity: Lessons for the Classroom and PR Communications Practice” by Dr. María Len-Ríos

3/17/2016: “Using Avatars and Agents to Promote Real Word Health Behavior Change” by Dr. Sun Joo (Grace) Ahn

3/17/2016: “Paralinguistic digital affordances and their uses across social media” by Dr. Rebecca Hayes and Dr. Caleb Carr

3/8/2016: “Technology, Economy, and Democracy in the Coming Crisis” by Robert McChesney

2/29/2016: “Bystander Intervention in Cyberbullying” by Nick Brody

10/26/2015: “Free Software and Your Freedom” by Richard Stallman

10/23/2015: “Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology” by Kentaro Toyama

10/21/2015: “Talk Nerdy to Me” by Amy Young

6/1/2015: “Shadow Work: Online ghostwriting and the foreclosed dream of freelance writing” by Monika Sengul-Jones

4/28/2015: “Global Muckraking: 100 years of journalism from around the world” by Anya Schiffrin

4/23/2015: “Censored not Silenced: The Paradoxes of Press Policies in 1970s Mexico” by Vanessa Freije

4/6/2015: “America’s Battle for Media Democracy: Past and Present” by Victor Pickard

3/12/2015: “The evolving relationship between disclosure, audience, and privacy in networked spaces” by Jessica Vitak

2/11/2015: “Parallel Priming: Using Rap News to Raise the Salience of Political Corruption in Uganda” by Lee Shaker

1/29/2015; “Who Controls the Internet?: Student Movement Organizations and Protest in the Digital Age” by Marisa von Bülow and Cristobal García

1/14/2015: “Propaganda and Democratic Thought in the 1930s” by Daniel Bessner

11/24/2014: “The Gossip Industry: From Clara Bow to Jennifer Lawrence” by Anne Helen Petersen

9/25/2014: “After Access? Mobile internet and digital inclusion in the developing world” by Jonathan Donner

4/28/2014: “The Makeup of a Candidate: Physical Appearance, Setting, Intonation, Body Language and Electability” by Israel Waismel-Manor

4/25/2014: Exclusive Q&A with Nate Silver

3/5/2014: “It’s Complicated: the social lives of networked teens” by danah boyd

12/6/2013: “From ‘Narcotweets’ to NewsPad: Technologies for Community News Reporting” by Andrés Monroy-Hernández

1/16/2013: “Reverse Engineering Algorithmic Media: Reflections on the Politics and Policy Implications of Software Embedded in Communication Networks” by Dr. Fenwick McKelvey

10/8/2012: “The Cost of Inscribing Black Male Bodies & Pathologizing Blackness: A Glance at How Tyler Perry Imagines Black Cultural Authenticity” by Dr. Ronald Jackson

4/11/2012: Colloquium by Christina Holtz-Bacha

11/29/2011: Colloquium by Eike Rinke


Additional faculty lectures: 

3/15/2017: March Faculty Colloquia by Ralina Joseph, Katy Pearce, and LeiLani Nishime

1/17/2017: “The American Global Challenge: Aligning Economy, Democracy & Environment in the 21st Century” by Lance Bennett

11/30/2016: Faculty Colloquia by Leah CeccarelliMako Hill, and Valerie Manusov

5/5/2016: “Studying the Future: Doing Ethnographic Research of Emerging Consumer Technologies for Health” by Gina Neff

4/6/2016: “Digital Equity and Meaningful Connectivity by Carmen Gonzalez

1/14/2016: “What’s the Difference with ‘Difference’?” by Ralina Joseph

1/4/2016 “America in Transformation: 2016 and the Presidency” by David Domke

1/4/2015: “Marching to Selma: How MLK, LBJ, & the Civil Rights Movement changed the world” by David Domke

2/5/2014: “The Military, the Media, and Discussions of War” by Lisa Coutu

1/10/2013: “Winning the White House in 2016: Five Rules for the Road” by David Domke

1-3/2012: “Visions of America: Barack Obama, the Tea Party, and the 2012 Presidential Election” by David Domke

11/30/2011: “The Democratization of Truth: Communication and the Crisis of Contemporary Politics” by Lance Bennett

10/11/2010: “Connecting small group deliberation with electoral politics: An assessment of the 2010 Oregon Citizens’ Initiative Review” by John Gastil

2/9/2010: “Media Labor in the Age of Youtube” by Gina Neff

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