NOW Retreat Webinars

Webinar Speakers

Joan Faber McAlister

Sunday, July 10 | 6:00PM ET

Joan Faber McAlisterJoan Faber McAlister earned her B.A. in anthropology and her M.A. in communication studies from Boise State University and has a Ph.D. in rhetorical studies from the University of Iowa. Her research interests focus on visual and spatial rhetorics in public culture as well as aesthetics and critical theory. McAlister’s research has analyzed a diverse set of texts, including Congressional hearings, popular films, national news coverage, magazine advertisements, urban planning, reality television, legal documents, and architecture, but her approach to these topics has focused on a central interest: the relationship between rhetoric and social location. The means through which social actors are positioned in networks of power and the import of different markers of class, race, gender, and sexuality in sites of daily life, as well as the status, function, and material character of “home” are persistent themes running throughout her work. Her inquiry into such matters is animated by a deep concern that the standards policing cultural performance and governing social belonging have serious implications.

Dr. McAlister is currently the Membership Officer for the Rhetoric Society of America and has served as a chair of the American Studies and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Communication Studies Divisions of the National Communication Association and as the chair of the Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Book Award Committee. An award-winning scholar, she serves on the editorial board for The Quarterly Journal of Speech, and is currently the Editor of Women’s Studies in Communication. Dr. McAlister is authoring a book manuscript on the concept of home that explores the roles of the body, residence, region, and nation as modes of social location.

Bonnie J Dow

Wednesday, July 13 | 9:00AM ET

Bonnie J. Dow Bonnie J. Dow is Professor and Chair of Communication Studies and Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Vanderbilt University. She has formerly held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati, North Dakota State University, and the University of Georgia. Dow is a rhetorical and public address scholar whose research interests include the rhetoric and representation of the first and second waves of feminism in the United States. She holds a B.A. from Baylor University, an M.A. from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. from University of Minnesota. She is the author of Watching Women’s Liberation, 1970: Feminism’s Pivotal Year on the Network News (University of Illinois Press, 2014) and Prime-Time Feminism: Television, Media Culture, and the Women’s Movement Since 1970 (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1996). She is co-editor (with Julia T. Wood) of The Sage Handbook of Gender and Communication (2006) and a co-editor of The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, Volume One: 17th –19th Centuries (Aunt Lute Books, 2004). Dow is the recipient of NCA’s Winans-Wichelns Memorial Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Pubic Address, NCA’s Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award, NCA’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award, the NCA Women’s Caucus Francine Merritt Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Lives of Women in Communication, and the NCA LBGTQ Caucus Lambda Award for Outstanding Contributions to the LBGTQ Academic Community. Dow is a former member of the NCA Publications Board, a former Chair of the NCA Doctoral Education Committee, and a former editor of Critical Studies in Media Communication.

Aph Ko

Saturday, July 16 | 4:00PM ET

Aph KoAph Ko is a blogger, performer, vegan, and independent digital media producer. She is known for writing the first article that listed 100 Black Vegans, and is the creator of the comedy web-series “Black Feminist Blogger” which highlights the massive amount of invisible labor in feminist blogging. Aph was named one of the top 10 indie creatives of 2014 by IndieWire, and was also awarded the 2015 Anti-Racist Change Maker of the Year Award from the Sistah Vegan Project and the Pollination Project. She is currently the Associate Producer for the documentary film Always in Season by Jacqueline Olive and also serves on the editorial board for the F Bomb.

Aph also recently launched a new blog site called Aphro-ism which provides critical analysis from a black feminist vegan perspective. A grant from A Well-Fed World is currently helping her create the new website Black Vegans Rock, which spotlights black vegans and the incredible work they do every day.