Speech Speaker Seminar Series Archive - Speech & Communication Studies Department

See also the current semester's schedule of Speech Speaker Seminars.

Fall 2013 Schedule

  • "Security or Freedom: The Selling of the USA Patriot Act to the American People"
    • Friday, September 20, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Krista Phair, Ph.D.

  • Panel Discussion: Degrees and Careers in Communication
    • Friday, October 11, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus

  • "What Can You Do to Handle Jerks at Work?"
    RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor, Author, and Professional Trainer for Facebook
    • Friday, November 1, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus

  • "It's Not a F@#*ing Game: Dichotomies, Dialectics. and the Sapir Whorf Hypothesis in Everyday Life"
    Nick Chivers, Instructor of Communication Studies at Ohlone College and San Francisco State
    • Friday, November 15, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus

Spring 2013 Schedule

  • "Fortunate Daughter"
    • Friday, February 22, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Thao P. Nguyen, from San Francisco State University will perform an excerpt from "Fortunate Daughter," a full-length solo comedy about a Queer, Vietnamese-American woman torn between her LGBT and Vietnamese communities. After the performance will be a discussion and lecture about comedy, social justice, identity politics, and art. Fortunate Daughter is about the secret to keeping your family happy is…keeping your other family secret. A one-dyke show about the difference between coming out and coming home.

  • "The Power of Storytelling in Our Business and Personal Lives"
    • Friday, February 22, 2013
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Presenter: RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; Author; and Professional Trainer

  • "Unplug" - What if everyone in the world stopped using technology for one day? To feel the effect on our minds, emotions, and connection to the divine: UNPLUG!
    • Friday, March 1, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Joshua Walter, from San Francisco State University, performs Unplug. Walters, of Madhouse Rhythm, (((JawVox))), and soon to be UnPlug, is a performer who explores language, creativity, beatboxing and madness. His solo shows are a mash-up of comedy, intimate reflection and unpredictable antics. He is a regular contributor to Snap Judgment a weekly storytelling radio show on NPR with TV broadcasts on PBS. Recently, Walters was one of three speakers selected from a pool of 600 applicants to perform a TED Talk, titled On Being Crazy Enough, exploring the Bipolar Spectrum.

  • "Queer Theory in Our Everyday Lives"
    • Friday, March 15, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm [corrected time]
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • Gust A. Yep is Professor of Communication Studies, Core Graduate Faculty of Sexuality Studies, and Faculty of the Ed. D. Program in Educational Leadership at San Francisco State University. Professor Yep teaches numerous classes. At the undergraduate level, he teaches courses on communication, culture, gender, sexuality, and health; communication and masculinities; interpersonal communication; and, rhetoric of the media. At the graduate level, he teaches several seminars including Introduction to Graduate Studies in Communication, Sexual Identity and Communication, Communication and Culture, and Field Research Strategies. In 2008, the National Communication Association honored him as an outstanding teacher in the "NCA Spotlight Teacher Series: Honoring the Pedagogy of Gust Yep" program held at its 94th Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA. Dr. Yep is also a prolific researcher and his work has been supported by a number of research grants. In 2006, he received the National Communication Association Randy Majors Memorial Award for Outstanding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Scholarship in Communication. In 2011, he received the university-wide Distinguished Faculty Award for Professional Achievement in Research at San Francisco State University.

  • "What's So Funny? Gender, Sex, and the Strategic Use of Humor"
    • Wednesday March 20, 2013
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Room NC-1100, first floor, Wing 1, Newark campus
    • Dr. Laura Ellingson, Director of Gender & Women's Studies and Communication Studies Professor from Santa Clara University, will discuss the Julia Wood/Deborah Tannen gendered styles of communication debate. That is, on whether gender should be the primary communication variable after which one then considers intersections such as race and age and class, or whether gender is really just one of several operant variables. She tends to come down on the former side but there is more and more research on status within the organization as being key, which is to say that lower status workers adopt feminine communication styles and high status workers adopt more masculine styles to assert power and use feminine styles to connect without surrendering power.

  • "The Plight of Child Soldiers & How International Law is Failing to Protect Them"
    • Friday, April 5, 2013
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Everyone is invited to hear a former Ohlone Student, Rose Mukhar (an Ohlone graduate - also Wellesley and Law school) who recently did a summer program at the Hague. Her topic is The Plight of Child Soldiers & How International Law is Failing to Protect Them.

  • "Communication Through Imagination for Leaders"
    • Friday, April 26, 2013
    • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Romeo Marquez, Jr., Motivational Speaker on TED & Instructor for Theater & Film at Ohlone College.

  • Speech Night
    • Friday, April 26, 2013
    • 7:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Showcase of this years State Winning Forensics Members and Students from the Communication Department will be performing speeches. Admission is $5.

Fall 2012 Schedule

  • Excuse Me? "Responding to Bullies and Brats"
    • Friday, September 14, 2012
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Presenter: RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; Author; and Professional Trainer

  • Passion, Promise, & Pride: Choosing a Career that Fits You
    • Friday, October 5, 2012
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Are you struggling to fit into a job you don’t like? Do you need help choosing a career or making a transition? Learn the secrets to loving your work and thriving.
    • Presenters: Julie Gleeson and Sherry Platt Berman, Authors of Inside Job: 8 Secrets to Loving Your Work and Thriving

  • Degrees & Careers in Communication Panel Discussion
    • Friday, November 2, 2012
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Presenters: Panel Discussion.

  • Professionalism: Creating a Powerful Image
    • Friday, November 30, 2012
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Do you project a professional image—in an interview, in the classroom, or at work? A recent survey found that unprofessional behavior is a growing problem for students and employees. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to identify unprofessional behaviors and explore ways to enhance your image. From “cleaning up your digital dirt” to “demonstrating teacher-pleasing behaviors,” this workshop will help you to develop an action plan to improve your image. Topics include:
      • Identify traits and characteristics of “professional” people
      • Clarify perceptions regarding rude behaviors
      • Explore ways to enhance dress, language, and communication
      • Develop an action plan to improve your image
    • Presenter: RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; Author; and Professional Trainer

Spring 2012 Schedule

  • Professionalism: Creating a Powerful Image
    • Friday, February 24, 2012
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Do you project a professional image—in an interview, in the classroom, or at work? A recent survey found that unprofessional behavior is a growing problem for students and employees. In this interactive workshop, you will learn how to identify unprofessional behaviors and explore ways to enhance your image. From “cleaning up your digital dirt” to “demonstrating teacher-pleasing behaviors,” this workshop will help you to develop an action plan to improve your image. Topics include:
      • Identify traits and characteristics of “professional” people
      • Clarify perceptions regarding rude behaviors
      • Explore ways to enhance dress, language, and communication
      • Develop an action plan to improve your image
    • Presenter: RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; Author; and Professional Trainer

  • Developing Leadership Skills through Volunteerism
    • Friday, March 9, 2012
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus
    • How can you develop the skills you need and get the experience that will take you where you want to go?
      • Learn about the types of leadership skills that you can develop through volunteering
      • Gain valuable, marketable experience helping non profits solve business challenges
    • Presenter: Kathryn Hayes, MBA, is the Capability Development Manager and High Performance Team Coach for the Clorox Company. She leads the design and delivery of communications, capability and change plans in addition to coaching executives and teams on issues relating to relationships, communication, conflict, performance, and most importantly business results.

  • How to Achieve a State of Relaxed Focus for Improved Performance
    • Friday, March 16, 2012
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Room 7101, Building 7, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Do you know how to relax and use the power of your imagination to achieve your goals? This workshop will cover three easy things you can do to be healthier, more creative and more successful.
    • Presenter: Jane Malmgren holds an M.A. in Speech Communication. Besides teaching relaxation therapy, she has also taught Public Speaking at California State University Hayward. Jane is the former Director of Marketing for Home Instead Senior Care in Oakland.

  • Occupy Empire
    • Friday March 30, 2012
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Presenter: Dr. Michael Parenti received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University. He has taught at a number of colleges and universities, in the United States and abroad. He appears on radio and television talk shows to discuss current issues and ideas from his published works. Dr. Parenti’s talks and commentaries are played on radio stations and cable community access stations to enthusiastic audiences in the United States, Canada, and abroad. He lectures on college campuses and before a wide range of community audiences, peace groups, labor organizations, scholarly conferences, and various other venues. His books are enjoyed by both lay readers and scholars, and have been used extensively in college courses. He will be brining several books and will sign them after his speech.

  • Sex, Gender, and Imagination: Transgender People and the Possibility of Gender Freedom for All
    • Thursday, April 12, 2012
    • 2:15pm - 3:30pm
    • Room 7101, Building 7, first floor, Fremont campus
    • The focus of this seminar will be explaining key concepts of transgendered identity (sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender expression, etc), how this questions the nature/nuture and male/female dichotomies, and the ways in which we can view transgendered folks not as a threat to our own deeply held gender identities but as embodying the possibilities of gender equality and great freedom for all people to be who they are instead of being stuck with rigid gender roles.
    • Presenter: Dr. Laura Ellingson, Director of Gender & Women's Studies and Professor of Communication Studies from Santa Clara University.

  • Chinese Americaness & Trying to Find Chinatown
    • Friday, April 20, 2012
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Presenters: San Jose State University Performance Studies Students, Aaron Correll, Matthew Zweier, and Johnson Eung.

  • Ending Poverty? Critical Interrogations of Class Subjectivities in One U.S. Nonprofit
    • Thursday, April 26, 2012
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Room 3101, Buiding 3, first floor, Fremont campus
    • This project emerges from research done with one U.S. nonprofit organization trying to end poverty. In this organization, people in poverty are paired up with middle-class "allies" in an attempt to pull them out of poverty. This critical/applied approach to communication research seeks to uncover positions of power and marginalization that emerge in this organization's practices. The author/presenter explores the communication strategies between class groups, and how this reproduces and/or resists wider society ideologies.
    • Presenter: Brandi Lawless from the University of New Mexico, a Doctoral Candidate in Communication at The University of New Mexico. Brandi earned her B.A. in Communication Studies from California State University, Northridge in 2007 and her M.A. in Communication Studies from San Francisco State in 2009. Her research foci include critical intercultural communication, performance studies, and critical pedagogy. She currently teaches at the University of San Francisco.

Fall 2011 Schedule

  • Body Language: How to Send and Read Signals
    • Friday, September 9, 2011
    • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; Author; and Professional Trainer

  • Wedding Prints
    • Friday, September 30, 2011
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Miranda Olzman, San Francisco State University.
    • An auto-ethnographic performance which utilizes Ragan Fox’s work in societal blueprints to explore our society’s framework for marriage.

  • International Education Week
    • Friday, November 18, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Andrew Lam, Vietnam-born author of "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres" and "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora," will discuss the cultural consequences of immigration from Asia to the West including the effects of Asian taste, cuisine and martial arts on the American imagination and issues of religion, identity, and family in the new world where East and West overlap. Lam is also cofounder and editor of New American Media, the largest ethnic media association in the United States.

  • How to Read Nonverbals
    • Friday, December 9, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; Author; and Professional Trainer

Spring 2011 Speech Speaker Seminar Series

  • Romantic Communication
    • Monday, February 14, 2011 (Valentine's Day)
    • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Room 7108, Building 7, first floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; and Professional Trainer

  • How to use, write, and perform a Communication Analysis
    • Tuesday, February 22, 2011
    • 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Room 4101A, Building 4, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Want to learn how to use, write, and perform a Communication Analysis: The process of applying a communication theory to an artifact (i.e., a photo, a sign, a poster, a work of art, etc.). Two guest Forensics competitors from San Francisco State University.

  • "Beat" A Performance Ethnography
    • Friday, March 4, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • A Performance Ethnography on the Impact of the Educational Budget cuts in the California State University System by Vincent Chandler, San Francisco State University

  • Ohlone College Study Abroad Trip to Egypt
    • Friday, March 11, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Communication Studies Students share their experiences traveling to Egypt in January 2011

  • Women's History Month - Our History is Our Strength
    • Wednesday, March 30, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Jackson Theatre, Smith Center at Ohlone College, Fremont campus
    • Come share a poem, song, or spoken, or short autobiography that honors the theme for Women's History Month - Our History is Our Strength

  • How to Read Poetry Aloud
    • Friday, April 8, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Professor Robert Mitchell, English Department, Ohlone College

  • Aunting: Cultural practices that sustain family and community life
    • Tuesday, April 19, 2011
    • 9:45am - 11:20am
    • Room changed to: Room NC1100, first floor, Wing 1, Newark campus
    • Dr. Laura Ellingson, Professor of Women's Studies & Communication Studies, Santa Clara University talking about her new book on "Aunting: Cultural practices that sustain family and community life."

  • The 4 Secrets to College Life Success
    • Friday, April 22, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Clint Pardoe, Professional Life Coach & Instructor of Communication Studies, San Jose State University

  • Blueprints: A Performance
    • Friday, April 29, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Miranda Olzman, San Francisco State University, Department of Communication Studies

  • Sex Talk
    • Friday, May 6, 2011
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; and Professional Trainer

Fall 2010 Speech Speaker Seminar Series

  • Nonverbal Intercultural Communication
    • Friday, October 1, 2010
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; and Professional Trainer
    • Learn how culture dictates one's non-verbal behaviors and mannerisms
    • Explore the different types and functions of non-verbal communication
    • Develop a deeper sense of appreciation for our unique differences

  • Stripped Lives
    • Friday, October 15, 2010
    • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Capri Burrows, Performer, San Jose State University
    • Whether a student, a mother, or a model, a young woman must socially construct her feminine identity on a daily basis. Stripped Lives is an oral history performance exploring feminine gender identity through the life experiences of strippers—as told by the dancers themselves.

  • Eight Habits of Highly Effective Students
    • Friday, October 29, 2010
    • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
    • Room 3101, Building 3, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Kay Harrison, Professor Emeritus of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College
    • The audience will be introduced to Stephen Covey's work on the eight habits of highly effective people and ways these habits can be incorporated into being a successful student.

  • Escaping Anger:  Using Communication to Avoid Traps
    • Friday, November 5, 2010
    • 2:15pm - 3:15pm
    • Room 6204, Building 6, second floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; and Professional Trainer
    • Explore what's behind your anger and frustration
    • Practice coping skills to minimize hostility and improve relationships

  • Madhouse Rhythm
    • Friday, December 3, 2010
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Joshua Walters, San Francisco State University
    • Performance of a Mad Man that uses a variety of styles, including hip hop theater spoken word and beatbox.

Spring 2010 Speech Speaker Seminar Series

  • Networking and Social Media: Expanding Your Web Contacts for Educational and Job Opportunities
    • Thursday, February 25, 2010
    • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    • Room 6205, Building 6, second floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; and Professional Trainer

  • The Woman Warrior: A Multicultural Identity Performance
    • Thursday, March 4, 2010
    • 2:00pm - 2:30pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • Julia Salvador, Instructor of Communication Studies, San Jose State University

  • Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity
    • Thursday, March 11, 2010
    • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    • NUMMI Studio Theatre, Smith Center, Fremont campus
    • Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D, CSULA

  • The 20 Top Censored News Stories in 2009
    • Thursday, April 8, 2010
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
    • The New Mass Communication Program at Ohlone College is sponsoring Dr. Peter Phillips, Professor of Sociology, Sonoma State University and President of the Media Freedom Foundation/Project Censored

  • Multiraciality and Assimilation in the Japanese American Community
    • Tuesday, April 13, 2010
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Room NC1222, first floor, Wing 2, Newark campus
    • Larissa Akiko Bailon Favela, San Jose State University

  • Networking and Social Media: Expanding Your Web Contacts for Educational and Job Opportunities - Back by Popular Demand!
    • Wednesday May 12, 2010
    • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Room 2133, Building 2, first floor, Fremont campus
    • RaeAnn Ianniello, Instructor of Speech & Communication Studies, Ohlone College; and Professional Trainer