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01/31/2020

President's Message

Leslie Harris

Greetings ORWAC members,

Happy new year! I hope that you will be able to join us at the 2020 Western States Communication Convention in Denver. ORWAC is sponsoring 8 paper and panel sessions this year. Of particular note is the ORWAC top paper panel on Saturday, February 22nd at 1:15, and our business meeting on the 22nd at 5:45 (with a reception immediately following the meeting). Thank you to everyone who reviewed papers, volunteered to respond or chair, and submitted their thoughtful feminist research to ORWAC!leslie harris

My term as president of ORWAC will end on February 22nd after our business meeting, and I’m delighted to welcome Diane Keeling as the next president. After an unexpected vacancy, ORWAC officers were required to appoint a replacement vice president, and we are grateful that Diane was able to step into the position. This year we will elect a new ORWAC vice president, treasure, and student representative. Please see the call in this newsletter to learn more about these great ways to serve ORWAC. Contact me (HarrisL@uwm.edu) if you are interested in nominating yourself for any of these positions.

ORWAC’s conference in Milwaukee, Citizenship at the Intersections: 100 Years Since the 19th Amendment, is right around the corner. There are just a few days left to register. Because of generous support from the National Communication Association’s Advancing the Discipline Grant and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, registration is free for ORWAC members. All workshop participants will be listed in the final program. Consider joining us! You can find the preliminary program and registration information in this newsletter and on the website (www.orwac.org).

ORWAC Research Development Grants are due in April 2020, and you can find the application on our website (www.orwac.org). Grants are designed to assist feminist scholars completing research or creative projects that privilege and advance understandings about the intersectionality and complexity defining women’s lives, and the opportunity to apply for these grants are one of the benefits of ORWAC membership.

I look forward to seeing you in Denver and Milwaukee!

Leslie J. Harris

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