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First Annual Conference on Communication Ethics

February 12, 2021
Karen Sequeira
SCC Conference on Communication Ethics 2021

The School of Communication & Culture is thrilled to announce the first annual Conference on Communication Ethics (Feb. 24 & 25)

Communication ethics matter more than ever. The ongoing escalation of the internet, the value of inclusive language, the need for truthful and transparent communication in public-health efforts, the complexity of data-driven media curation, and diverse other factors resoundingly reaffirm the role and potential of communication to make a difference as an ethical force in society (or a potentially unethical one).

The 1st annual Conference on Communication Ethics, taking place on February 24 and 25, aims to challenge, clarify and expand our ethical capacities as communicators.

This free virtual event with over 14 speakers, is open to our RRU community, so please share with your colleagues and friends. You're welcome to join us for the whole conference or tune in to the session(s) of your choice!

Schedule Overview


  • 9:30 am Traditional Welcome - Elder Butch Dick
  • 9:45 am Protocols, Propriety, and Perspective - Elder Butch Dick and Russ Johnston
  • 11:00 am Let Us Prey: Ethical Challenges of Defending Controversial Viewpoints - Dr. Lee Foote
  • 12:30 pm Corporate Lip Service to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Mahila Ahmed and Liana Kiddy-Gan
  • 2:00 pm Cultural Safety and Antiracism in Health and Social Systems - Dr. Wayne Clark


  • 9:30 am Ethical challenges and responses to COVID-19 - Susan Gilbert
  • 11:00 am Anti-Racism on Campuses: Words and Actions - Dr. Steenkamp & panel: Dr. Athena Madan, Alessandra Vinhas, Juli Holloway & Olaolu Adeleye
  • 12:30 pm Ethical Communication in the Post-Trump Era - Robert Remington
  • 1:10 pm Toward a Pandemic Politics: Political Communication, Culture, and Governance after COVID-19 - Dr. David Black
  • 2:00 pm 1-877-2BE-CALM: Art and Connection through the Telephone - Kathryn Calder

The conference has now ended. We will share recordings shortly. Please stay tuned.