#OrgCommSoWhite and Postcolonial Representation

So far on my comprehensive exams list #1 journey, we have covered the territory of nonprofit and faith-based organizations, as well as the basics of postcolonial scholarship. Now I want to explain why both are important in my field of organizational communication (AKA org comm). To begin with, I want to clarify that org comm is a … Continue reading #OrgCommSoWhite and Postcolonial Representation

Postcolonial What?

In my last post I covered the first part of my comprehensive exams list on non-profits and faith-based organizations. Next up is the part about postcolonial organizing and representation. Now you might be wondering, what does postcolonial even mean? For those who aren't familiar, postcolonialism is "a way of articulating resistance to dominant, Eurocentric perspectives … Continue reading Postcolonial What?

‘O Me! O Life!’: Taking My Own Advice

One of the shortest of Walt Whitman’s great poems, ‘O Me! O Life!’ was featured in the 1989 film Dead Poets Society: Robin Williams’s character recites it to his class. ‘O Me! O Life!’ contains many of the features of Walt Whitman’s greatest poetry: the free verse rhythm, the alternation between long and short lines, […] … Continue reading ‘O Me! O Life!’: Taking My Own Advice

The Power of Positive and Negative Talk

This semester I am teaching Interpersonal Communication for the first time. The class focuses on relationships and how they are formed, maintained, and/or destroyed through communication. One of the required readings for the course is the book Blink by Malcolm Gladwell. In Chapter 1 of the book, Gladwell discusses the psychologist John Gottman, author of … Continue reading The Power of Positive and Negative Talk