COMM Centennial Alumni Award Lecture | School of Communication Studies | Kent State University

COMM Centennial Alumni Award Lecture

Rm. 417 Taylor Hall
4 – 5 p.m. | Rm. 417 Taylor Hall

Carol Wilder, Ph.D., '74, will be recognized as the 2017 School of Communication Studies (COMM) Centennial Award winner and will give the Centennial Award Lecture. 

"Retro Rhetoric: The Past as Present in Communication Studies"
In a field like media and communication that has changed at the speed of light over the past fifty years with no signs of slowing down, it may be useful to pause, take a deep breath, and meander down the long and winding road that got us here. Contrary to popular belief, Communication Studies was not invented by Shannon and Weaver or Marshall McLuhan, or even Steve Jobs. Humans have been fascinated with the risks and rewards of communicating each other for as long as we have written records. Here we take a backward look at history and criticism and a foreword look at why it matters.

About Carol Wilder, Ph.D.
Wilder is a writer, teacher and filmmaker based in New York City and Long Island. She is the dean of the School of Media Studies at The New School, where from 1995-2007 she was associate dean and chair of Media Studies and Film. In 2007-2008, Wilder was a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Hanoi University, where she built a media lab and lectured throughout Vietnam on media education for the 21st century. In 2011, she returned to Hanoi as a Fulbright Senior Specialist, her ninth visit to Vietnam, and in 2013 published Crossing the Street in Hanoi: Teaching and Learning About Vietnam (Intellect/University of Chicago Press).

She has taught at Kent State University, Oberlin College and Emerson College. From 1975-1995, she was on the Communication Studies faculty at San Francisco State University, where she is professor emerita. Wilder earned a Bachelor of Science in English and a Master of Arts in Speech and Theatre from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Communication from Kent State.

Wilder has written many articles and book chapters on media theory and criticism, politics and the media, and the Vietnam/American war. Her 16mm film Puttin' on the Dog screened at venues including the National Arts Club, Woods Hole Film Festival and the International Dog Film Festival in New York and Los Angeles. Along with the late John Weakland, she received the National Communication Association Golden Anniversary Book Award for Rigor & Imagination: Essays from the Legacy of Gregory Bateson (Praeger 1982).