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April 29, 2010

ULM to host third and final professor in “Traveling Scholars” series May 4

The University of Louisiana at Monroe will host Dr. Bryant Alexander as part of the “Traveling Scholars” series, from 6-8 p.m. on May 4 in Stubbs Hall, Room 100.

The Department of Communication and the Speech and Debate Forum will sponsor the event.

Alexander is professor of communication studies and associate dean of the College of Arts and Letters at California State University Los Angeles, where he teaches classes in communication and performance studies. He is a native of Alexandria.

His lecture, titled “Standing In the Wake: An Exercise on Auto/Ethnographic Self-Reflexivity in Silence and Eulogies,” will use an alternate eulogy for his father to show how in the performance of autoethnography there is not just a focus on the self (auto), but also on cultures and communities of thought (ethno).

Alexander’s book Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity, won the 2007 Best Book Award from the National Communication Association’s Ethnography Division.

He has authored another book, Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity, and has also appeared in various scholarly journals and book volumes, including the “Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies,” the “Handbook of Performance Studies” and the “Handbook of Qualitative Research.”

Alexander is the third and final “traveling scholar” to participate in this semester’s series. Communication faculty member Dr. Lesli Pace is responsible for creating and coordinating the speaking events.

For more information contact Pace at 318-342-1165 or

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