Communications Studies Opens Fall Lecture Series, September 30

September 21, 2015 at 9:13 am

The first program in the Communication Studies Lecture Series will be held on Sept. 30.

Dr. Lisa Flores will present “Laboring to Belong: Differentiation, Special Relocation, and the Politics of Visibility in the United Farm Worker ‘Take Our Jobs’ Campaign,” from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences Building, Room 117.

“Laboring to Belong” explores the discursive intersections of immigration, race, and nation in the UFW’S “Take Our Jobs, Please!” campaign. The TOJ campaign promised to provide farm labor training for citizens and legal residents interested in working in the nations fields. She argues that the ironic tone of the TOJ campaign challenges anti-immigrant claims by forcing an “American” audience to face the
realities of farm work and (undocumented) immigration.

Dr. Flores is an associate professor in the Department of Communication, Media and Information at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Her research and teaching are guided by her belief that public discourse is a central site through which citizens come to occupy the worlds we envision. Both her courses and her writing engage in dual interests in rhetorical studies, principally rhetorical criticism, and critical race/gender/queer studies. She is currently thinking through the intersections of national belonging and the materiality of the body through her research on historic discourse of Mexican immigration.

For more information, contact Dr. Carolina Webber, assistant professor, fine arts and
communication studies at (864) 503-5882 or

This program is supported by a $3,000 grant from the Division of Student Affairs.