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Given the specter of social injustice, with a long list of injustices affecting those who are oppressed and marginalized, the need for scholars to use their theories, research methods, and pedagogical practices to engage in direct vigorous action in support of needed social change has never been more apparent and important. This presentation explains a new perspective—communication activism—that highlights the unique and central role of communication in promoting social justice, explicates theoretical commitments and applied practices of this perspective, offers concrete examples of such research and pedagogy, and identifies lessons learned from that scholarship about being part of the solution.
Lawrence (Larry) R. Frey is a Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder, specializing in applied communication scholarship. He is the author/editor of 17 books and more than 110 other publications, and has received 20 distinguished awards, including the National Communication Association's Gerald M. Phillips Award for (lifetime) Distinguished Applied Communication Scholarship. He is a past president of the Central States Communication Association, a member of its Hall of Fame, and a recipient of that organization's Outstanding Young Teacher Award.