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October 22, 2009

ULM to host third professor in “Traveling Scholar” series Oct. 27

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host Dr. Jason Del Gandio as part of the “Traveling Scholars” series sponsored by the Department of Communication and the Speech and Debate Forum.

Del Gandio is an assistant professor of public communication at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Del Gandio will present a lecture open to students, faculty and the public at 6 p.m. on Oct. 27 in Stubbs 100.

The presentation is titled “Communication, Desire, and the Creation of Reality: A Preliminary Talk on Neo-Radicalism” and discusses a new form of political radicalism that focuses on the relationships among communication, desire and how reality is created.

Del Gandio argues that humans communicate their existence and can therefore actively create their own reality.

A self-described “writer, thinker, activist and teacher,” Del Gandio’s research interests are in communication philosophy, rhetoric and critical studies. His first book, “Rhetoric for Radicals: a Handbook for 21st Century Activists,” centers on helping political activists frame their messages to the public. His next book will focus on the political relationship between desire and reality.

Del Gandio is the third of three “Traveling Scholars” to participate in the series. Communication faculty member Dr. Lesli Pace is responsible for creating and coordinating the speaking events.

For more information, Contact Lesli PAce at 318-342-1165 or or visit Del Gandio’s website at

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