Department of Drama and Speech Communication Distinguished Speaker

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Each year the Department of Drama and Speech Communication's Speaker Series invites one distinguished scholar and/or practitioner to address critical issues in the study or practice of performance, communication and design. These Distinguished Speakers engage communication, performance and design as both mode and subject of inquiry, fostering greater appreciation and understanding of the social relevance of meaning making. Students, faculty and staff from across the University, as well as members of the public, are invited to attend and to participate in discussions following the events and engage the conversations they foster.

2015 Distinguished Speaker

In This Moment: Thoughts on Anti-Racism, Social Justice, Decoloniality and Radical Collectivities

By Professor Rinaldo Walcott from the Department of Social Justice Education and the Women and Gender Studies Institute, University of Toronto

Monday, March 23, 2015 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Humanities Theatre

In This Moment: Thoughts on Anti-Racism, Social Justice, Decoloniality and Radical Collectivities addresses the ways in which debates concerning the decolonial project and social justice presently occupy a certain unthoughtfulness that needs to be thought. Professor Walcott places both decoloniality and social justice in conversation with the aim of generating a call for thinking a radical collective imaginary.

Indeed, the question that bears down on decoloniality and social justice ideas, discourses and even practices is – what kinds of futures might constitute their ultimate trajectory? This talk thus probes and also risks the articulation of imagining a radical collectivity-yet-to-come. It seeks to insert the following question into the debate – what kinds of politics might be required in the present so that other kinds of futures might be glimpsed." - Professor Rinaldo Walcott

Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:

Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1