Speakers

Andre Johnson

Andre Johnson Headshot

"Addressing the Chaos: Africana Communication and the Problem with Moving On"

Andre E. Johnson is an Associate Professor of Communication and the Scholar in Residence at the Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change at the University of Memphis. He teaches classes in African American Public Address, Rhetoric, Race, and Religion. Dr. Johnson is the author of "The Forgotten Prophet: Bishop Henry McNeal Turner and the African American Prophetic Tradition" (Lexington Books, 2012) the co-author (with Amanda Nell Edgar, Ph.D.) of "The Struggle Over Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter" (Lexington Books, 2018), and the author of "No Future in this Country: The Prophetic Pessimism of Bishop Henry McNeal Turner" (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). Ongoing research explores the nexus between rhetoric and religion, religion and politics, and rhetorical theology.

Erik Garrett

Erik Garrett

"City Fences: The Phenomenology of Communication in and about Neighborhoods"

Erik Garrett is an associate professor in the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies at Duquesne University. His doctorate is from Purdue University where he earned a joint degree in both the philosophy and communication departments. Dr. Garrett is author of Why Do We Go to the Zoo?: Communication, Animals, and the Cultural-Historical Experience of Zoos (The Fairleigh Dickinson University Press). He is the winner of a Duquesne University 2010 Teaching Award. He has published articles in the Review of Communication and the Atlantic Journal of Communication. His research interests are phenomenology, philosophy of communication, urban communication, rhetoric, Kenneth Burke, media ecology, social political philosophy, environmental justice, and globalization.

Susan J. Drucker and Gary Gumpert

Sue Drucker and Gary Gumpert

"Ethics and A Mediated Polis: Love Thy Neighbor?"

Susan J. Drucker (Juris Doctor, St. John's University) is a Distinguished Professor of Journalism in the Department of Journalism/Media Studies, School of Communication, Hofstra University. She is an attorney, and treasurer of the Urban Communication Foundation. She is the author and editor of 13 books and over 150 articles and book chapters including two volumes of the Urban Communication Reader, Regulating Convergence (Lang, 2010), Voices in the Street: Gender, Media and Public Space and two editions of Real Law @ Virtual Space: The Regulation of Cyberspace (1999, 2005), Regulating Social Media: Legal and Ethical Consideration (2013) with Gary Gumpert. She co-edited Urban Communication Regulations: Communication Freedoms and Limits (Lang, 2018). Her latest book is Fake News: Real Issues in Modern Communication with Russell Chun (Lang. 2020). Her work examines the relationship between media technology and human factors, particularly as viewed from a legal perspective.

Gary Gumpert (Ph.D., Wayne State University) is Emeritus Professor of Communication at Queens College of the City University of New York and President Emeritus of the Urban Communication Foundation. His creative career as a television director and academic career as a scholar spans over 60 years. He has authored and edited books include Talking Tombstones and Other Tales of the Media Age (Oxford University Press), The Urban Communication Reader (Hampton Press), Regulating Convergence and Regulating Social Media: Legal and Ethical Considerations (Peter Lang). The Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Public Intellectual Activity. His primary research and theory agenda focuses on the impact of communication technology upon social and urban space.

Jordi Pujol

Father Jordi

"Facing the Divide Since Babel: The Contribution of Faith to Urban Settings"

Professor Jordi Pujol, Ph.D. is a Catholic priest and Assistant Professor of Media Ethics and Media Law at the School of Church Communications at the Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome. He is originally from Barcelona (1975) and has a Master's degree in Law (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain) and in Moral Theology (Pontifical University of Santa Croce in Rome). He received his Ph.D. in Moral Theology in November 2017 with a dissertation on the moral principles of free speech in the liberal tradition. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana) for the Center for Ethics and Culture, and a Visiting Scholar at the Columbia School of Journalism and at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. Fr. Pujol's research interests are concentrated in three areas: the ethical dilemmas related to free speech and the exercise of freedom of expression online; digital privacy law and particularly the impact of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the Church; transparency and confidentiality in the governance of the Church's institutions, with a special focus on the sex abuse crisis by Catholic priests.