The I-4C Collective mobilizes resources from rhetoric, performance, and critical-cultural studies to explore the intersections of civil, critical and creative communication.

I-4C Events are a collection of the primary components of The I-4C Collective: Innovative InquiryCivil Dialogue, and The Empty Space. Innovative Inquiry explores human communication through methodologies, epistemologies, and practices of alternative representations of knowledge. Civil Dialogue provides an innovative tool for productive communication about controversial topics by integrating rhetorical criticism and theories of performance. The Empty Space black box theatre fosters theoretical and practical explorations of performance scholarship.

(Cancelled) Thursday, March 19, 2020

7 - 9 PM
The Empty Space


Past Events:  

January 8-10, 2020
Annual Performance Studies Retreat
Cornville, AZ


October 9, 2019
Civil Dialogue
Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Native Youth Legislative Day

Hugh Downs School Principal Lecturer Jennifer Linde and Instructional Professional Clark Olson facilitated two civil dialogues with native youth from across Arizona, part of the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community Native Youth Legislative Day. They were invited by Angela Willeford, a graduate of our school who works as a legislative liaison.


October 5, 2019
Grace Lutheran Church
Phoenix, AZ

Members of the Hugh Downs School I-4C research collaborative took part in a service project at Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Phoenix. The church has for years taken a leading role in efforts to assist community members experiencing homelessness, most critically offering heat respite during all daylight hours throughout the summer. They also foster a powerful ethic of restorative justice, offer free meals several times a week, and distribute clothing, blankets, and hygiene products from their Grace Room. For these reasons and more, faculty and graduate students came together to provide much-needed assistance!


Rob Razzante
Graduate Teaching Associate
October 5, 2019

Graduate Teaching Associate Rob Razzante presented the early stages of his dissertation research at the 2019 Organizational Communication Mini-Conference at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research uses a participant-generated framework for identifying an inclusive workplace for a healthcare organization. The study, supported by the global Seed Grant, aims to address the social pressures of creating communities and organizations that thrive with conflict transformation and collaborative learning. While at the conference, Rob received feedback from leaders in the organizational communication division of the National Communication Association.




Dr. Amber Johnson
St. Louis University
March 21 & 22, 2019

Pop Up Museum & Public Talk

Benny LeMaster, assistant professor at the HDSHC with Amber Johnson, associate professor at St. Louis University














Storyscope Artists: February 28, 2019
The Empty Space, Tempe AZ
Theme:  Journeys

L-R Jen Linde, Sr. Lecturer and Director of Online Learning with Molly Bishop, Rikki Tremblay and Lauren Mark, the artists at the Feb 28 Storyscope.














As a doctoral student in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Lauren Mark works at the interstices of Critical Cultural Studies, embodied experiences, and creative work. She has been fortunate to have worked in Taiwan and Israel and currently explores crossing disciplinary boundaries here at ASU.

 Transformation of the Bamboo Child

Rikki Tremblay is an artist/researcher/teacher currently seeking a doctorate in communication. She's interested in sexual and relational justice in kinship with the arts and the earth. 

Shoulder to Shoulder: A Sexual Identity Journey in Poems. 

Molly Bishop is pursuing concurrent majors in Communication and Theatre. Molly is the proud recipient of three choir solos: one from middle school and two from high school.

Don't Stop Believin' (In Choir)


Civil Dialogue 

Dayspring Methodist Church
Tempe, AZ
Held Feb. 10 & 17. 

The dialogues were with junior and senior high school students on the topics of school safety and bullying.  


Fred Astaire's Dancing Lessons

A 70-minute one-person multimedia performative examination of shifting perceptions of queer male mentorship, LGBT aging anxieties and the lingering cultural threat assigned to queer sexuality.

Performed by Dustin Goltz, Ph.D., Professor, DePaul University, College of Communication 

Held Thursday, February 7
The Empty Space Theatre - (970 E. University in the APMA building)


Civil Dialogue

Civil Dialogue (CD) is a structured format for public dialogue that provides a tool to build bridges across the chasm of public viewpoints. Participants are asked to follow guidelines for civility that are explained by the facilitator. The dialogue is then extended to the broader audience who are encouraged to respond with their own opinions and questions. 


Spring 2019
Community Conversations:  Civil Dialogue about Important Arizona Issues

The Institute for Civil Dialogue in association with the I4-C research collective in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication invites you to participate in a spring dialogue series that focuses on key issues that impact the state of Arizona.  Important topics such as water, energy, immigration, economics, and politics often generate passionate positions and opinions, and even strong disagreement.   Community Conversations events will employ a unique facilitated format, Civil Dialogue®, which will give Arizonans the opportunity to discuss these important “hot topics with cool heads.”

January 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., ASU Tempe Campus, The Empty Space 970 E. University in the APMA building

February 27, The Empty Space

March 20,  The Empty Space

April 1, 6:00-8:00 p.m., ASU Downtown Campus, UCENT building, room TBA

April 24, The Empty Space

For directions to Community Conversations and more information about Civil Dialogue®:

Or contact Jennifer Linde or Clark Olson