NYSCA 2014 Conference – October 17-19. 2014

Come listen to—and talk with—world class speakers.


LlorenzJason Llorenz

Communication in a Mobile, Social World:
New Opportunities to Meet Persistent Social Challenges

Digital and mobile technology have put the world at our fingertips — forever changing the nature of work, expectations of privacy, and conceptions of community while offering a new medium for learning, entrepreneurship and advocacy. New opportunities to address social problems and advance equity across the economy in a digital world pose significant policy and organizational challenges. This talk will first explore those challenges, and highlight opportunities for schools, government, community institutions and stakeholders to harness 21st century communications to advance equity across society. 

Jason Llorenz is a professor, researcher and advocate with over a decade of federal and state-level policy development, strategic communication, and legal experience. His research interests focus on:

• Digital literacy and universal inclusion in the digital economy
• Telecommunications and Internet policy
• The role of digital and social media in the innovation economy

Jason teaches courses in digital communication and policy at the Rutgers University School of Communication and Information.

Jason’s writing appears in the Huffington Post, and he is often sought for comment on the issues facing the digital divide and universal digital inclusion. Jason has been interviewed on this subject by media outlets including the Washington Post and National Public Radio.

A regular speaker, Jason has led discussions on Capitol Hill, in state capitols, and for groups and associations including SXSWEdu, the Delegation of the European Union, the National Caucus of State Legislators (NCSL), the National Council of La Raza, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, LATISM, and many others.

Jason holds a BA from Cazenovia College, and Juris Doctor from the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law. He is an Advisory Board Member of the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council (MMTC), board member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni Association (CHCI-AA), and a board member of the DC Casineros Dance Company. He is a member of the New York State Bar.

For more on Jason, see about.me/jason.llorenz


GreeneJohn Robert Greene

The New “Boys on the Bus”:
Narrowcasting, Punditry, and Modern Political Discourse

In a political sphere where citizens can search for political talk and writing that agrees only with their preset point of view (thus avoiding or ignoring any idea, personality, or thought that might challenge that point of view), the meaning and outcomes of our political discourse have, quite noisily, changed rather dramatically. This talk, given by a widely published scholar in presidential politics who has also been a panelist on a weekly political talk show for the past two decades, will explore this phenomenon, and offer his thoughts as to its impact on the development of a democratic discourse in our nation.

John Robert Greene is the Paul J. Schupf Professor of History and Humanities at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY, where he has taught for the past thirty-four years. He also serves as the College Archivist.

Dr. Greene’s teaching and writing specialty lies in American Political History, particularly the American presidency. He has written or edited seventeen books—including one on the election of Dwight Eisenhower, one on the Nixon presidency (the first to utilize material from the Nixon Presidential Material project, then located in Virginia), three on the Ford presidency, and a critically acclaimed study of The Presidency of George Bush. This book, based on over one hundred interviews–including one with former President Bush–was recently praised in the leading journal in the field as “the best book to date on the Bush administration.” His biography of Betty Ford—the first biography published of that first lady, has also earned for him strong reviews. His most recent books are a history of America in the 1960s, and an encyclopedia of the George W. Bush presidency. Of his four books on the history of higher education, his Generations of Excellence: A History of Cazenovia College continues to raise funds for scholarships at Cazenovia College. Presently, he is completing a biography of Geraldine Ferraro, updating his study of the Bush administration, and writing a survey of America in the 1980s.

Dr. Greene is also a regular political commentator on several radio call-in shows around the country, and has recently offered commentary on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and National Public Radio. Locally, he is a weekly regular on WSYR-AM, a regular panelist on WCNY-TV’s “Ivory Tower Half Hour,” and appears with some frequency in the Syracuse news media commenting on political issues of interest. His most recent foray into the national media was in March 2009, when he was a featured analyst and script supervisor for the PBS special, “Betty Ford: The Real Deal.”

Dr. Greene received his undergraduate degrees from St. Bonaventure University, and his Ph.D. in Modern American History from Syracuse University.


AdenRoger Aden

Places Apart: Sites of Communion Among Us

Building a community requires both a distinct place for people to share their experiences and a desire among those people to communicate in personally profound ways with one another. Such sites of communion are found in physical locations such as social gathering spots, sports venues, and historical sites, as well as in virtual places that we visit through mediated communication. This presentation explains how to notice, appreciate, and make sense of the sites of communion which fill the world around us.

Roger Aden is Professor in the School of Communication Studies at Ohio University. His research integrates rhetorical and qualitative methods of research to examine the meanings of places as they are rhetorically constructed and interpreted. His current research considers how places of public memory invite visitors to embrace different, and often competing, stories about the past. Much of this work is synthesized in a book-length manuscript, Making a Place: Public Memories of Slavery, African American History, and the President’s House in Independence National Historical Park, which is now under review. Previously, he examined how fans of the University of Nebraska’s football team enact a story of the state through their fan performances in Huskerville: A Story of Nebraska Football, Fans, and the Power of Place (McFarland, 2008), and how fans of popular culture narratives engaged in metaphorical journeys to the places suggested by those tales in Popular Stories & Promised Lands: Fan Cultures & Symbolic Pilgrimages (University of Alabama, 1999).

He has also published articles in Communication Monographs; Communication Theory; Rhetoric & Public Affairs; Qualitative Research Reports in Communication; Review of Communication; Western Journal of Communication; Communication Quarterly; Central States Speech Journal; Southern Communication Journal; Women’s Studies in Communication; Argumentation & Advocacy; Political Communication Review; Forensic Educator; Communication Education; Elysian Fields Quarterly; Speaker & Gavel; National Forensic Journal.


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