NOVEMBER 2013 – Our honors public speaking course is working to inspire young people to take action toward building and strengthening community in New Orleans through sayNOLA, an event hosted at Xavier University for 200 high school and college students on November 12 from 6-9 p.m. in the Administration Building Auditorium. Modeled after the format made popular by TED Talks, sayNOLA will feature New Orleans citizens who will give the 15-minute “talk of their lives” to activate young people to create change. Speakers represent a wide range of change agents, including:
- 2-Cent (Hip hop grassroots media collective)
- Javon Bracy (Student Government Association President, Xavier University)
- Kelly Harris-DeBerry (Poet and New Orleans literary activist)
- New Renaissance (Hip hop artists)
- Anne Rolfes (Founding Director, Louisiana Bucket Brigade)
- Gian Smith (New Orleans spoken word artist)
The event will also include story circles that allow high school and college students to share their own personal narratives and discuss meaningful social action. Participants will be invited to network with presenters and community-based organizations to discover ways to take action themselves.
AUGUST 2013 – Dr. Dominique Gendrin, Professor in Communication Studies, will go on sabbatical leave during the 2014 spring semester. She will be working on an anthology on the HBO series Treme and developing cross-cultural studies reception studies on the same series in collaboration with ELICO Research Lab at the University of Lyon-3 (France).
MAY 2013 – Congratulations to Ms. Brittany Martin (Chicago, IL), Xavier’s very first graduate in Communication Studies! Brittany earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies and completed a capstone project entitled, “What Sex Tape? Voyeurism, Celebrity Worship and Reality Television. See photos from her one-woman show.
APRIL 2013 – During the Spring 2013 semester, Communication Studies students partnered with the Louisiana Bucket Brigade through its Art-to-Action initiative. Students enrolled in CMST 3030: Race, Culture and Communication developed oral history presentations as part of the Down By the River project, a multidimensional environmental and African-American history media project that weaves together layered “storytelling” maps, oral histories, a site-specific performance and a digitally-guided biking/walking tour to explore the connection of people and place along the Mississippi River Road between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.