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 innovate 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.

Past Events:  

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