Annette M. Holba, Plymouth State University

Annette Holba

Keynote: "Ethics and Interfaith Action: Jane Addams and ‘The Fellowship of the Deed'"

Dr. Annette M. Holba is professor of rhetoric at Plymouth State University. Her scholarly interests include studying/teaching rhetoric, philosophy of communication, and communication ethics in applied contexts. Having a rigorous scholarly agenda, she has published thirteen books, over forty articles, eleven book chapters, seven encyclopedic entries, and delivered over one hundred scholarly presentations. Dr. Holba won the Everett Lee Hunt Book Award in 2013 for her co-authored book with Ronald C. Arnett, An Overture to Philosophy of Communication: The Carrier of Meaning, ECA Journal Article of the Year award in 2015 for her essay, "In Defense of Leisure," published in Communication Quarterly, The Julia T. Wood Teacher Scholar Award in 2021, and was named an ECA Research Fellow, 2021. Dr. Holba is past editor for Qualitative Research Reports in Communication and she has served as guest editor for several scholarly journals including New Directions for Higher Education, Listening: Journal of Communication, Religion, and Culture, and the Pennsylvania Communication Association Annual. In addition to her scholarly work, Dr. Holba served on various non-profit Boards in her community and continues to partner with local government agencies and businesses developing project-based learning opportunities for her students. Prior to entering higher education as a second career, Dr. Holba worked in law enforcement as a county detective in a New Jersey Prosecutor's Office where she was assigned to the Sex Crimes Unit and later to Major Crimes. During her time in law enforcement, she also published articles for a county law enforcement publication, The Centurion. During both careers, she has played violin in various orchestras and she currently leads the advanced youth orchestra at the Dole Mill Studio in Campton, NH which is part of the El Sistema method and philosophy program of social change through community music education.

Annette Madlock, Independent Scholar & Professor-at-Large, Sister Circle Writers

Annette Madlock

Keynote: "Building a Beloved Community in a Wounded World: Womanism and the Pragmatism of W. E. B. Du Bois"

Annette Madlock, Ph.D. is an independent scholar and entrepreneur. She is a 2021 Benjamin L. Hooks Institute for Social Change Academic Research Fellow, and in 2020 she was named Eastern Communication Association Distinguished Teaching Fellow. Dr. Madlock was the recipient of the National Communication Association's African American Communication and Culture Division's top book award in 2016 and top article award in 2015. As an award-winning author and speaker, Dr. Madlock's work has appeared in AMA Journal of Ethics, Journal of Women and Language, Women's Studies in Communication, FIRE the Multimedia Journal for Black Studies, various Sage Encyclopedias, and other peer-reviewed works. Her notable publications include Health Communication and Breast Cancer Among Black Women: Culture, Identity, Spirituality, and Strength, (Lexington); Communicating Women's Health: Social and Cultural Norms that Influence Health Decisions, (editor, Routledge) and Womanist Ethical Rhetoric: A Call for Liberation and Social Justice in Turbulent Times (co-editor, Lexington). Dr. Madlock served as guest editor for the Journal of Communication and Religion, special issue Womanist Ethical Rhetoric and the Beloved Community.
Her previous academic roles include Professor of Strategic and Personal Communication at Liberty University and Associate Professor of Communication with tenure at Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU). Dr. Madlock earned her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Intercultural Communication from Howard University, an M.A. in Communication Studies from Bethel University, and a B.A. in Organizational Studies also from Bethel University. After leaving SCSU Dr. Madlock spent a year with family and friends in Minnesota creating memories. While in Minnesota she worked as an adjunct with the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus Department of Communication Studies and worked as an internal communication and social media consultant to a local Presbyterian Church. As an award-winning author and academic, her advocacy, research, and scholarship have been in the areas of women and community health, information and communication technologies, and social movements. As a long-standing member of both the National Communication Association and the Eastern Communication Association Dr. Madlock has served at every level of these organizations. Prior to life in academia, Dr. Madlock had a varied career that included administration, computer programming, database administration, and project management. To learn more about Dr. Annette Madlock please visit her on the web at https://www.thepinkandtheblack.com/ and https://www.sistercirclewriters.com/.

Vincent Colapietro, Pennsylvania State University

Vincent Colapietro

Keynote: "Peirce and the Primacy of Practice: Implications for Understanding Communication"

Vincent Colapietro (Ph.D., Philosophy, Marquette University) is Liberal Arts Research Professor Emeritus at the Pennsylvania State University (University Park). He is presently at the Center for the Humanities (University of Rhode Island). One of his main areas of research is pragmatism, with emphasis on Peirce. Though devoted to developing a semiotic perspective rooted in Peirce's seminal work, Colapietro draws upon a number of other authors and perspectives (including Bakhtin, Jakobson, and Bourdieu as well as such movements as phenomenology, hermeneutics, and deconstruction). He is the author of Peirce's Approach to the Self (1989), A Glossary of Semiotics (1993), Fateful Shapes of Human Freedom(2003), and Acción, sociabilidad y drama: Un retrato pragmatista del animal humano (2020) as well as numerous essays. He has written on a wide range of topics, from music (especially jazz) and cinema to psychoanalysis and deconstruction, from art and literature to ontology and phenomenology. He has served as President of the Charles S. Peirce Society, the Metaphysical Society of America, and the Semiotic Society of America.