Dr. Belinda Stillion Southard, associate professor of communication studies at the University of Georgia, will present “How Women Belong to the World” at the 2018 Joseph H. Low Lecture from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Monday, April 9 in the University Center Ballroom B.
The event is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies, and admission is free.
Stillion Southard’s presentation explores how rhetoric can create a worldwide community of women in an environment in which the global agencies that intend to create this belonging often reproduce the First and Third World hierarchies that preclude global belonging for women. She presents answers through th examination of the rhetoric of Michelle Bachelet, executive director of UN Women, and its impact on the potential for transnational connectivities and enacted and promoted connectivities as rhetorical practice.
Stillion Southard’s research and teaching interests are grounded in the public address tradition and are guided by questions regarding gender, transnationalism and citizenship. These interests are reflected in her book, “Militant Citizenship: Rhetorical Strategies of the National Woman’s Party, 1913-1920,” which earned her the 2012 Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award, presented by the Public Address Division of the National Communication Association. Her current book project, “How to Belong: Crafting Belonging for Women in a Transnational World,” centers on how women conceptualize belonging in the contexts of regional movements, the nation-state and supranational organizations. In 2013, she delivered a TEDx talk, “Change the Language, Change the Beliefs,” at the first TEDxUGA event.