North Central College - Naperville, IL

Communications professor presents at national conference

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John Stanley—assistant professor of speech communication, assistant director of forensics and director of individual events—gave two presentations at the 96th annual National Communication Association convention in San Francisco Nov. 14-17. His paper, “The Monster of Gaga: A Case Study of Identity Construction and the Third Space,” was presented as part of a panel titled Critical Queer(ing): Celebrity Performance and the Paradox of Visibility. In his paper, he utilized the theory of the Third Space to analyze the communication (via performance, video, lyrics and interviews) of pop icon Lady Gaga and drew critical implications. In addition, he presented as part of the Great Ideas for Teaching Speech division.

Only the top 60 submitters are accepted for presentation at the conference. The teaching idea he uses in his SPC 100 course—Values and Words: People Have the Right to Speak Hate?—was chosen as one of the top 60 teaching ideas presented at the conference, which received more than 300 submissions by communication professors from across the country.