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Friday February 12, 2021 Pre-Convention Workshops, Basic Course Conference, local events, Undergraduate Scholars Research Conference, and Kick-Off

Saturday February 13 through Monday February 15, 2021 Convention

(please scroll and read this page for information about the pre-conference workshops and keynote speaker)

Western States Communication Association holds an annual convention, often around Presidents' Day weekend in February, at a location in one of our 12 western states. The location is selected 4+ years in advance by the Executive Council, upon the recommendation of the Time and Place Committee and with input from the Legislative Assembly.

Western's conventions involve about 750 students, faculty, and practitioners experiencing close to 200 research papers, symposium, presentations, short-courses, debates, and discussions. During our convention, we also recognize and reward outstanding contributions to the communication discipline, to its scholarship and teaching, and to WSCA.

The convention begins with pre-conference workshops Friday morning and afternoon. The Undergraduate Scholars' Research Conference is Friday, and the Graduate Student Workshop and Graduate Programs Open House are Friday afternoon. The Kickoff Event and Welcome Reception are Friday late afternoon/early evening. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (until about noon) multiple panels are held simultaneously. The Keynote Speech is Saturday morning; the famous, not-to-be-missed Sock Hop is Saturday evening, and the Convention Luncheon is Sunday.

The first WSCA convention was held in 1929 in San Francisco. Conventions have been held annually since then, except for two years during World War II. The WSCA convention is where our unofficial slogan comes from: "Work hard; play hard!" We invite you to join us, and come West for the best! The 2020 conference theme is "Communication, Agitation, and Justice."

Pre-Conference Workshops

WSCA President-Elect, Christina Yoshimura will be organizing an exciting slate of pre-conference workshops. Be sure to sign-up for them when you register for the convention. Note: All workshops are Friday, February 12, 2021


Basic Course Conference

Basic Course Coordinator, Toniesha Taylor, will be organizing this event. You may submit position papers for consideration. See Convention Submissions for more details. The BCC will be held Friday, February 12, 2021.

Keynote Speaker: TBA

 Please join us Saturday, February 13, for our keynote speaker, TBA. 



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