Josephine Jones Lecture Series
The Department’s annual public lecture series is funded through a bequest by Miss Josephine Jones, a lifelong educator, community activist, and longtime resident of nearby Greeley, Colorado. Miss Jones (as she preferred to be called) was born in 1900, the only child of a family who had had pioneered to Greeley from Iowa after the Civil War. Her father ran a hardware store in town. She graduated from Greeley High School in 1919, and from the University of Colorado—Boulder in 1923 with a B.A in Literature. Her initial post-graduate studies at Northwestern University were cut short when she returned home to care for her aging mother. Following her parents’ death, she moved to New York City and completed a M.A. degree in Speech Studies from Columbia University.
Having developed a passion for performance and theater, Josephine Jones subsequently taught speech and drama in the public schools of Ossining, New York for forty years. She retired in 1962 and returned to Greeley, where she cultivated her great love of the arts and humanities for public benefit. Having traveled widely and developed a keen interest in public affairs, she organized several women’s discussion groups, and staged dramatic readings and plays — events that were always marked by her characteristic elegance, verve, and humor.
During the late 1980’s, Miss Jones experienced declining health – including a vision impairment that left her partly reliant for news and information upon the radio. Radio broadcasting during this period was marked by the rise of talk-show formats run by provocative hosts who often engaged in shrill and calloused exchanges with their callers. Miss Jones experienced a visceral reaction to this type of programming, judging it not only inept expression, but also a form of incivility corrosive to the public discourse required of a democratic society. Emeritus Professor Philip K. Tompkins first visited with Miss Jones in 1989, and their conversations concerning the importance of cultivating decorum and eloquence in the coming generations led to her planning of a significant gift to the Department.
Following her death in 1990, the Department received an endowment of $1 million – a donation which complemented her support of CU’s Theatre Department and the renovation of the Macky Hall performance venue. The proceeds from this gift have funded our offerings of the Public Speaking course, and events such as the lecture series. (A list of lecturers for this series follows below). We are grateful to be the stewards of this gift, and proud to offer educational programs which honor the spirit of Miss Josephine Jones.
List of Speakers for the Josephine Jones Lecturer Series:
|1994||David Kaufer, Department of English, Carnegie Mellon University||“Rhetoric and the Arts of Design”|
|1995||Thomas Farrell, Department of Communication Studies, Northwestern University||“Crafting Character in an Uncertain World, or Honor Among Thieves”|
|1996||Linda Putnam, Department of Communication, Texas A&M University||“Communication and Negotiation: The Public as a Web of Organizational Relationships”|
|1997||Charles Goodwin, Applied Linguistics, UCLA||“Contested Visions: Categories as Situated Practices in the Workplace and in the Rodney King Trial”|
|1998||W. Barnett Pearce, Fielding Institute||“Developing Dialogic Conversations”|
|1999 (March)||Roderick P. Hart, Shivers Chair in Communication and Professor of Government, University of Texas- Austin||“The End of the American Presidency”|
|1999 (October)||Lawrence Grossberg, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||“’What did you do in the war, Daddy’? The War on Youth and the Culture of Politics”|
|2000||Larry Frey, Department of Communication, University of Memphis||“The Fragile Community: Communication and Community Building in an AIDS Residence”|
|2001||Jonathan Potter, Professor of Discourse Analysis, Department of Social Sciences, Loughborough University (UK)||“Talking Psychology: A Princess, a Short Skirt and a Wal-Mart Bag”|
|2002||John D. Peters, Department of Communication Studies, University of Iowa||“The Problem of Media and Conversation”|
|2004||Sandra Braman, Department of Communication, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee||“Turning Away from the Magician's Hand:
The ‘Dark Matter’ of the Law
and Public Discourse”
|2005||Tamar Katriel, Department of Communication, University of Haifa (Israel)||“The Political as Personal: Testimonial Rhetoric in Israeli Discourses of Dissent”|
|2006||J. Robert Cox, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||“Who Will get Hurt? Katrina, Global Warming, and the Need to Talk Honestly about Environmental Dangers,”|
|2007||John Gastil, Department of Communication, University of Washington||"The Frontiers of Deliberative Theory and Practice"|
|2008 (Spring)||Phillip K. Tompkins, Professor Emeritus of Communication, University of Colorado-Boulder||"Who is My Neighbor? Toward Ending the Injustice of Homelessness"|
|2008 (Fall)||Michael S. Schudson, Department of Communication, University of California, San Diego||“Is There a Culture of Public Frankness?”|
|2010||John Forester, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University||“The Challenge of Democratic Deliberation: Integrating Public Participation with Multi-Stakeholder Negotiations”|
|2011||Ralph Cintron, Professor of English and Latin American Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago||
“An Anthropology of Democracy: Thinking Freedom: Right, Left”
|2012||Eric M. Eisenberg, Department of Communication, University of South Florida||
"Triage and Sense-making in an Urban Emergency Room"
|2013||Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Department of Communication, Indiana University||
"'In Vivo': Kids, Chemical Safety, and the Limits of the Posthuman"