Five COMM undergraduates inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Fall 2015

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Congratulations to the following COMM undergraduates, members of the Fall 2015 induction class, Phi Beta Kappa – Alpha of North Carolina Chapter

Andrew Allen (COMM/ART; minor: Writing for the Screen & Stage)

Mason Allen (COMM/MUSIC)

Carol DeSalva (COMM/MEDIA & JOURNALISM; minor: Dramatic Art)

William Foos, Jr. (COMM; minor: Chemistry)



Phi Beta Kappa is the oldest and most distinguished of all collegiate honorary societies. For more than two hundred years, election to membership has been a recognition of academic excellence achieved in the course of completing an education in the liberal arts and sciences at the undergraduate level. The objectives of humane learning encouraged by Phi Beta Kappa include intellectual honesty and tolerance, a broad range of intellectual interests, and a lifelong commitment to the pursuit of learning.  For more, check out this brief history.

COMM Ph.D. students organize FEMINISM HERE & NOW: An Interdisciplinary Conversation

Feminism Here and Now: An Interdisciplinary Conversation seeks to spark a critical conversation about what feminist praxis may look like in the first half of the 21st century and what role feminism may continue to play in critiquing and intervening in a broad range of social, cultural, and political issues.



The conference has been arranged by Ph.D. students in the Department of Communication, and will highlight cutting edge research from faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines.

For more information, and a schedule of events, please visit the conference’s webpage.



Co-Chairs: Mary Domenico & Erin Arizzi

Digital Media Coordinator: Heather Woods

Graphic Design Coordinator: Megan Wood

Organizing Committee:
Lucy Burgchardt
Jonathan Foland
Margaret Franz
Marie Garlock
Evan Litwack
Ashley Mattheis
Elizabeth Melton
Ali Na
Maximilian Spiegel



Thank you to our sponsors at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Art Department, Carolina Women’s Center, The Center for Global Initiatives, The Center for the Study of the American South, Communication Graduate Student Association, The Curriculum in Global Studies, Department of Asian Studies, Department of Classics, Department of Communication, Department of Geography, Department of History, Department of Political Science, Department of Religious Studies, Department of Romance Studies, Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, English and Comparative Literature, The Graduate School, Global Studies, The James M. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence, Provost Committee on LGBTQ Life, School of Library and Information Science, School of Media and Journalism, Southern Oral History Program, UNC Chapel Hill Program in Sexuality Studies, University Program in Cultural Studies.

Prof. Grossberg’s book “We All Want to Change the World” available for download

Free download available HERE.

WeAllWanttoChangetheWorld (Grossberg)

“BRABO” 10/22-24 & 28-30, 7p.m. in Swain Studio 6

The Performance Studies Program of the

Department of Communication at UNC Presents


Written and Directed by COMM Graduate Student, Susannah Ryan

7 p.m., October 22-24 and October 28-30

Swain Hall, Studio 6

$5 student/$10 general public (click here to select the showing you’d like to attend & purchase your tickets online)

Reviewed by Triangle Arts & Entertainment: Susannah Ryan’s BRABO at UNC-Chapel Hill Is a Bold Look at the History of the Congo “Free” State

Written up in the Daily Tar Heel: UNC Student’s Play Illuminates Injustices

Read more about the show below.


At the end of the 19th century, African-American politician, Henry Martin investigates the business potential of the Congo under King Leopold’s rule, to discover instead the brutal reality of the colonial slave state. Martin begins a human rights campaign in the North Kivu province, but with the King’s soldiers following close behind, he will need the help of a cynical British surgeon and the leaders of a Congolese rebellion to return home safely with his evidence.

This season’s production of Brabo, marks the project’s first staged performance in Swain’s Studio 6 Theater, after several readings and workshops last year. The Performance Studies program is proud to see the work of graduate student, Susannah Ryan, come to fruition. This historical moment is dramatically retold in a way that captures the racial and political tensions in America and Africa today.

“Susannah’s play not only skillfully depicts the self-justification needed to perpetuate the violence of colonialism,” says Tony Perucci, Susannah’s mentor on the project, “it also brilliantly portrays the creativity and resilience of how the colonized resist.”

Susannah Ryan, Brabo creator and director: “While it has been a little over 100 years since King Leopold’s reign of terror in the Congo, the consequences are still very palpable.  Contrary to what vague media representations suggest, the ‘Congo Crisis’ is not just a matter of a failed state, but global contributions to that failure. The assassination of Lumumba, the installation of Mobutu, the corrupt rule of Kabila, and decades of incessant conflict, which continues today, can all be clearly traced to Belgian colonialism and Western complicity.  Brabo is a production that burdens the audience with the truth of the DRC’s history.”


About the Artists

Playwright and director, Susannah Ryan, has had experience with both university and professional stages. She has performed lead roles in large-scale productions of She Stoops to Conquer, Hamlet, and the 12 Angry Jurors; additionally, she has choreographed shows such as The Three Penny Opera, Meet Me in St. Louis, Sweeney Todd, and Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, which she also directed while at the University of South Carolina.

The cast of Brabo includes talented local actors Lazarus Simmons, Jonathon Leinbach, Germona Shadi, Nick Popio and Daniel Doyle.

The creative team includes Rob Hamilton (Scenic Design) and Justin Dorazio (Sound Design)

Professor Dennis Mumby Receives Distinguished Professor Award

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Congratulations to Professor Dennis Mumby, who has been named the Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor of Communication by the University of North Carolina.


The award recognizes a career of excellence in research. Mumby is a nationally and internationally renowned scholar who has been a key figure in the development of critical and feminist approaches to the study of organizations. The author or editor of seven books and over 60 articles and chapters, Mumby’s research focuses on issues of power, resistance, and identity in the workplace. His research has received numerous awards, and he has been invited to speak in many countries, including Brazil, Australia, the UK, and Denmark. In 2011 Mumby was named a National Communication Association Distinguished Scholar, and in 2012 a Fellow of the International Communication Association. A faculty member in the Department of Communication since 2002, he served as department chair from 2005 to 2013.


Oct 23&24: WSS presents LONG STORY SHORTS

WHEN: 8pm, Friday October 23rd & Saturday October 24th

WHERE: The Kenan Theatre, UNC Center for Dramatic Art, 150 Country Club Road

WHAT: LONG STORY SHORTS, an annual festival featuring short plays written by seniors in the Writing for the Screen & Stage (WSS) program

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This year marks the festival’s fifth anniversary!

Eight short plays written by members of the Writing for the Screen and Stage Minor’s senior class will be staged as readings by a company of actors.   A staple of the program, the festival allows the playwrights an opportunity see their work performed as well as participate in a process rarely experienced on their level; a developmental and collaborative environment led by experienced faculty and working professionals.

Admission is free!  No reservations necessary.   


For the article in the UNC Daily Tarheel newspaper go here.


11/13&14, “And So We Walked”


For more information, visit the Process Series’ Website.

UNC Performance Studies announces the 2015-16 Swain Performance Series

season poster 2015-16 (yellow)For more details, click the image.

Wed 10/7 @ 3pm: Prof. Talenti speaks about her journey as a media artist

Colloquium Oct 7th (Talenti)

UNC Hollywood Internship INTEREST MEETING, Tuesday Sept 29th @ 5pm

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