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2020 Fisher Award Presentation

Tuesday, April 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Maria Blevins
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Presented to: Gretchen Bergquist, Jordan Soliz, Kristen Everhart, Dawn O.Braithwaite, and Lee Kreimer


Nicholas S. Paliewicz


Presented by: Robert C. Rowland, Editor, Western Journal of Communication


The Western Journal of Communication is one of the top journals in all of the field of Communication Studies.   With roughly 180 new submissions a year and an acceptance rate under 12 percent, reflecting a rigorous review process, the journal is among the most influential in the field. 


The B. Aubrey Fisher Award is presented annually to the top essay or two essays published in the journal in the previous year.  I would like to thank the members of the review committee for their great work in reviewing all of the issues published in 2019.  Of the 34 essays published in 2019, committee members nominated 17 for the award.  The fact that half of the essays published in 2019 were considered worthy recipients of the award by committee members is another sign of the excellence of the research published in the journal. 


Given the quality of essays published in 2019, the choice of the award winners was a difficult one.  Ultimately, committee members agreed that two essays should receive the award. 


One of the awards goes to “Making Sense of the People’s Climate March: Towards an Aesthetic Approach to the Rhetoric of Social Protest,” by Nicholas S. Paliewicz, an Assistant Professor at the University of Louisville.  In the essay, Dr. Paliewicz used rhetorical fieldwork to explain how the “rhetorical performance [of the climate march] temporarily ruptured dominant intelligibilities of police order and consummated new subjectivities, demonstrating the radical possibilities of dissensus through silence for climate change advocacy.”


The award also goes to “Investigating Layers of Identity and Identity Gaps in Refugee Resettlement Experiences in the Midwestern United States,” by Gretchen Bergquist, an Assistant Professor at California State University-San Bernardino; Jordan Soliz, Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Kristen Everhart, a graduate student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; Dawn O. Braithwaite, Professor and Chair at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; and Lee Kreimer, a staff member at Lutheran Family Services.   The essay used interviews with refuges resettled to a Midwestern college town to explain how “refugees are forced to re-conceptualize their identity as they encounter and integrate into a new host country and culture.”

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