For release: September 25, 2012
For press information, contact Dr. Antonio de Velasco, 901-678-3185
Crusading journalist and former Memphis resident Ida B. Wells will be the subject
of a public lecture Friday, Sept. 28, as part of the 13th Biennial Public Address
Conference at the University of Memphis. Sponsored by the U of M’s Department of
Communication, the event is free and open to the public. Parking is available in the
Central Avenue lot, just across the street from the U of M campus.
“Ida B. Wells: Legacies for Civic Action and Leadership from a Truth-telling Woman”
will begin at 4:30 p.m. in Room 250 of the Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central
Avenue. The guest lecturer will be Jacqueline Jones Royster, dean of the Ivan Allen
College of Liberal Arts at the Georgia Institute of Technology.
“Jacqueline Royster is a scholar with unparalleled knowledge of the largely untold
story of how women, particularly African-American women, became such powerful rhetorical
actors in America during the 19th Century,” said Tony de Velasco, conference director and associate professor of communication
at the U of M. “We are particularly pleased with the quality and diversity of this
year’s program; we have been fortunate to bring together the foremost leaders in our
Royster is one of more than 30 scholars and leaders in the fields of rhetoric and
the study of political discourse who will visit the University Sept. 27-29 to discuss
a variety of issues related to “Civic Learning: Rhetoric, Public Address, Political
Division.” Conference organizers believe that this year’s event will be particularly
meaningful, occurring as it does shortly before the presidential debates and the presidential
More information about the conference is available from de Velasco at 901-678-3185.