Keynote Speaker to Discuss Immigration and Identity in the Contemporary Media Era

Dr. Richard D. Pineda, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Associate Director of the Sam Donaldson Center for Communication Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso, will be giving the keynote address at the 34th Annual Communication Studies Conference Communication and Identity in the Making.

Dr. Pineda’s address is entitled “(Re)Mediated Borders: Immigration and Identity in the Contempoary Media Era.” The address will be held on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:00 pm in Harrison Hall 2105.

Dr. Pineda’s keynote address will focus on the impact of contemporary mediated images on debate about immigration into the United States. His argument considers the representations of immigrants in popular culture and media that have changed from what were once highly prejudicial images to more balanced images, but at a cost to the social and policy engagement of citizens concerned about immigrant’s rights and welfare.

Dr. Pineda grew up in El Paso, Texas, a proud graduate of Eastwood High School. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Baylor University, M.A. in Communication from the University of Texas at El Paso, and Ph.D. from Wayne State University. His research and teaching interests focus on politics, media, popular culture and Latinidad, and is published in a number of communication journals including Text and Performance Quarterly, Argumentation and Advocacy, and The Free Speech Yearbook. He serves on the editorial boards for Argumentation and Advocacy and Contemporary Argumentation and Debate. Dr. Pineda also serves a number of local outreach programs, including as a board member for Community Scholars, a nonprofit organization that trains El Paso high school students in the areas of leadership and policy development.

34th Annual Communication Studies Conference Events:

Conference events begin Monday, April 9 at 10:10 am with a pre-conference poster session highlighting collaborative research, followed by a brown bag discussion on “Managing Personal and Professional Identities” at 11:15 am.  The pre-conference will be held in Transitions in Warren Hall.

Student presentations of scholarship and panel discussions will be held during the day on Tuesday, April 10 from 9:30 am – 3:30 pm and Wednesday, April 11 from 9:05 am – 12:00 pm.  Student paper and panel sessions will be held in Transitions in Warren Hall.

The complete conference schedule can be found at: 34th Annual Communication Studies Conference.

Exit tickets will be available following each session, including the pre-conference sessions and the keynote address, for students attending the conference for coursework in Communication Studies and related courses.

We hope to see you there!

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