Writing and Media Center Concludes Speaker Series | New

The Writing and Media Center will organize a conference on how to communicate with empathy.

The final event in the Writing and Media Center’s speaker series will discuss communicating with empathy on Monday.

The Iowa State Writing and Media Center hosted several events throughout the year focused on language and communication justice.

“Through the series, we highlight the work of educators, researchers and activists advocating for language and communication justice in their communities,” Vivian Cook, Graduate Associate Director of the Center for Writing and Media and director of the 2021-2022 speaker series, said.

According to Cook, Monday’s event will dovetail with this theme, focusing specifically on communication justice through the lens of art, design and creativity.

The event will feature three speakers: Jordan Brooks, Director of Equity, Inclusion and Multicultural Student Success for the Iowa State College of Design and Founder of KNWSLF, Mani Mina, Associate Professor of Industrial Design and Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Lucia M. Suarez, Associate Professor of Spanish Latin Studies and Director of the Latino/A American Studies Program.

“Jordan W. Brooks, Mani Mina and Lucía M. Suárez are all inspiring educators, practitioners and researchers and leaders in the field of art and design,” said Cook. Their work will provide us all with insight into the role creative disciplines play in advancing justice and equity – and vice versa.

Suarez said her part of the event will focus on hearing stories shared by different people in different communities and the importance of letting others use their own voice.

“Language matters, words matter, and respecting different languages ​​and learning languages ​​helps connect and create better community dynamics,” Suarez said.

Suarez, who is passionate about human rights work, said she is interested in this topic considering how many diaspora communities have escaped the horrific conditions in their home countries.

“How these memories are processed through literature and performance is fundamental to understanding the past, being in the present, and imagining a better and fairer future,” Suarez said.

Suarez said her interest in human rights and creative work makes her teaching style more dynamic and learner-focused. According to her, teaching is a constant learning experience that is always transformative.

Cook said Monday’s event, which will take place at the College of Design at 4 p.m., is free to attend in person or watch online. If someone is planning to attend, click here to register.

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