Symposium Archives

The Communication Studies Symposium has been an annual event since April 2018.

Communication Studies Symposium 2019

Leading with Purpose: Navigating Organizational Culture, Communication, & Identity


Patrice M. Buzzanell, Ph.D. Chair and Professor of the Department of Communication, University of South Florida; Endowed Visiting Professor for the School of Media and Design, Shanghai Jiaotong University


Navigating Diversity & Inclusion in Your Early Career

  • Jemia Young - Inclusion & Diversity Program Manager, TEKsystems
  • Hailey Bowley - Director, Staff DEI and Development, Teach For America Baltimore
  • Ms. Mia Forbes - Doctoral Student, Towson University

Navigating Gender Discrimination & Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

  • Jameta Nicole Barlow, Ph.D., MPH - Assistant Professor of Writing, University Writing Program, The George Washington University
  • Dr. Melissa A. Osborne Groves - Associate Professor of Economics, Towson University
  • Jan Baum - Director, Center for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, Towson University

Communication Studies Symposium 2018

Showing Up, Making Space, and the Political Imagination of Diversity

Amber Johnson

Keynote Speaker Amber Johnson

Amber Johnson, the symposium's keynote speaker, is an award-winning scholar, artist, and activist, who is a professor at Saint Louis University. Johnson spoke to the crowd about their conception of radical forgiveness, wherein change becomes possible when folks heal from social injustice. Dr. Johnson's keynote address was titled, "The Revolution Requires Forgiveness, Imagination & Fun."

The Towerlight covered the event that described both the keynote speaker, Amber Johnson, and Amber's pop-up forgiveness quilt in Freedom Square. 

The speakers for the 2018 event were:

  • Keynote speaker Dr. Amber Johnson, "The Revolution Requires Forgiveness, Imagination & Fun"
  • Panelist Ka'Lyn Coghill (Independent Scholar), "Met with Anger: A Look into Violence Against Black Women on Twitter Affiliation"
  • Panelist Safiya Jennings (Towson University), "#TransFolksAreNotJokes: Black Transwomen and Vulnerability to Violence"
  • Panelist Kahleeka N. Perry (Independent Scholar), "A Critical Cultural Study of Lived Experiences and Societal Implications of the 21st Century Natural Hair Movement"
  • Panelist Metise Moore (Towson University), "Wakanda is Home: Afrofuturism and Black Representation in Black Panther"
  • Panelist Laura Pazuchowski (Towson University), "The Contemplative Mapping Instruction Adventure"
  • Panelist Drew Holladay (University of Maryland, Baltimore County), "Institutional 'Misfits' Acceptable Discrimination and (Mental) Disability Diversity"
  • Advocates for Inclusion and Diversity at TU: Fatime-Zara Beri, International Studies Student at TU; Martha Kakooza, Graduate Student in Women and Gender Studies at TU; Stephanie Colon, Graduate Student in Professional Studies at TU; Jason Begue, Deaf Studies Professor at TU; Jody Cripps, Deaf Studies Professor at TU