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The Department of Communication Studies, through the generosity of David and Lowell Andreas in honor of their wife and mother, hosted the following Artists in Residence from 2007-2014. Most included a public master class or public performance at Minnesota State Mankato.


Dr. Desiree Rowe

The public performance by Dr. Desiree Rowe provided valuable opportunities for students to meet a successful alumna from our program. Her public performance helped our students understand what it means to use performance as a means of scholarly investigation, self-reflection, and creative expression. Dr. Rowe also worked closely with students in Performance Studies.

Kevin Kling

The visit by Mr. Kevin Kling entailed a storytelling workshop at the Lincoln Community Center and a public performance on campus. The workshop provided a valuable opportunity for the community members to cultivate storytelling and community connection, while the public performance was a huge success with over 400 people attending the event, including the metro students. Mr. Kling also visited Performance Studies class and Communication & Community class. The visit by Mr. Kling served both university and greater Mankato communities.

Overall, both Andreas events were highly successful and in accordance with the pedagogical values and emphasis in the department.


Dave Zirin

The public lecture by Dave Zirin provided valuable opportunities for students to meet a successful writer and sports journalist. Mr. Zirin worked closely with students in the special topic course, Rhetoric, Sports, and Culture taught by Dr. Christopher Brown.

Dr. Jen Tuder

The public performance by Dr. Jen Tuder provided valuable opportunities for students to see an autoethnographic performance on stage and speak with the performer about her craft. She also visited Dr. Leah White’s performance studies class.

Overall, both Andreas events were highly successful and in accordance with the pedagogical values and emphasis in the department.


abyMeredity Aby

Meredith Aby has been an anti-war and international solidarity activist since 1994. She started out doing student activism at Macalester College and with CISPES (the Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador). In 1998 she helped found the Twin Cities Anti-War Committee which has helped lead the peace movement locally in challenging U.S. war and militarism in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Colombia, Palestine and Afghanistan. She has been on human rights delegations to Palestine and Colombia and leads work nationally through the Colombia Action Network. In 2008 she helped lead protests at the RNC on days one and four of the convention. Meredith does her activism as volunteer work and is a teacher in a Twin Cities high school. She is also the proud mother of the world's cutest toddler.Meredith Aby from the Anti-War Committee made a public presentation entitled “Constitutional Rights in post-9-11 America.” She provided information about anti-war movement and the infringement of constitutional rights after 9/11. Although the event had a small audience, it provided a great opportunity for discussion and education.


ngarciaNancy Garcia

Nancy Garcia from the Witness for Peace and the Center for the Orientation of Migrants gave a presentation entitled “Railroaded by NAFTA/CAFTA: The Perilous Journey from Central America to the States.” The event provided valuable information and discussion on the current immigration issues and economic policies that impact international migration. The event was co-sponsored by Kessel Peace Institute.



Linda and Scott Dickmeyer


Drs. Linda and Scott Dickmeyer visited MSU Mankato on October 20th and 21st. They visited several classes and had a Q&A session with graduate students, and delivered a public lecture on effective communication in interpersonal contexts. The public lecture was well-attended and well-received. The presentation had a great appeal to the public
Linda Dickmeyer is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Department Chair at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse.She is the 2011 recipient of the College of Liberal Studies Excellence in Teaching at UWL and has been recognized for her leadership and program planning for undergraduate research.
Scott Dickmeyer is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Scott has received numerous awards for his teaching, service, and research. His ground-breaking research identified communication practices that increase employee satisfaction, productitvity, and loyalty at companies that consistently rank in thr Fortune Magazine list of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in America.





abadCarmencita Chie Abad

Carmencita "Chie" Abad speaks from personal experience about the hardships endured by millions of workers in sweatshops around the world. These workers often work dozens of hours per week, endure verbal and sometimes physical and sexual abuse to make the clothing on retailers' shelves. Only earning poverty wages their efforts to improve their situation are frequently met with repression.

Ms. Abad spent six years as a garment worker on the Pacific island of Saipan, a U.S. territory. She endured wretched conditions, frequently working 14-hour shifts in order to meet arbitrary production quotas for her employer, the Sako Corporation, which made clothes for the Gap and other retailers. When she tried to organize a union, Ms. Abad was met by fierce resistance from management. She eventually lost her job. She now lives in the U.S., where she educates Americans about the inhumane factory conditions occurring worldwide, including on U.S. soil. Ms. Abad was instrumental in forcing 26 major retailers to settle a lawsuit in September 2002 to improve conditions in Saipan.
Communication Studies, 2008 Fall, Lecturer on women's rights and worker's rights.


Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz
NY City based Poet and Author

proAptCristin O’Keefe Aptowicz is the author of five books of poetry as well as the nonfiction book, Words In Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam, which Billy Collins wrote “leaves no doubt that the slam poetry scene has achieved legitimacy and taken its rightful place on the map of contemporary literature.” On the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) podcast Art Works, host Josephine Reed introduced Cristin as being “something of a legend in NYC’s slam poetry scene. She is looking to engage the audience with her work and deeply committed to the community that art (in general) and slam poetry (in particular) can create.”
Communication Studies, 2008 Fall
Visit classes in comm studies, brown bag lunch and public performance







Sasha Aslanian
Minnesota Public Radio's Youth Radio Series
Communication Studies
2011 Spring

Minnesota Public Radio’s Sasha Aslanian presented the Department of Communication Studies’ Nadine B. Andreas Lecture “Someplace You’ve Never Been: Inside MPR’s Youth Radio Series.”

Aslanian, creator and producer of the acclaimed program, was joined by three of her youth radio producers to discuss the magic behind their radio stories in Ostrander Auditorium of the Centennial Student Union. The event was open to students, faculty, staff and the public.Aslanian and the youth reporters played excerpts from the three pieces, talked about the process in producing their stories, and answer questions.

A metro reporter for MPR News, Aslanian created the Youth Radio Series as a way to present compelling first-person stories by her young reporters on a range of important social and political issues. From 2000 to 2008, she was a documentary producer for American Radio Works. Her stories have been broadcast on National Public Radio, the BBC, Marketplace, and The World. She is a graduate of Grinnell College in Iowa.




gronbeckBruce Gronbeck
University of Iowa
Bruce, now living in Longmont, CO, is the A. Craig Baird Distinguished Professor of Public Address. He works primarily in the area of rhetorical and media studies, with particular interests in contemporary television and politics. He teaches and writes about American cultural studies and the evolution of rhetorical thought, especially from the 18th century to the present.

"My scholarship lives at the interaction of rhetorical communication, politics, media, and culture. I'm trained in rhetorical theory and criticism, and work mostly in the world of visual politics--American politics as it has developed in the ages of photography, radio, television, film, and digital media."

Communication Studies, 2009 Fall
Short presentations in comm studies classes, brown bag lunch and public presentation



Line Halvorsen
Norwegian Documentary
Film Maker

Line Halvorsen (born 1969) is a Norwegian film maker. She has directed and edited more than 20 documentaries and travel films since 1997. Halvorsen lived in Bethlehem in the West Bank from 2002 until 2004. During that time she wrote, edited and directed the award-winning documentary A Stone's Throw Away (2003) about the lives of three young Palestinian children. In 2010 her documentary "Living Without Money" was released, portraying the life of the German woman Heidemarie Schwermer who has been living without money for the past 15 years. Communication Studies, 2008 Fall.

Trailer "Living Without Money"



Susan Adams Lloyd

As an eight-year-old growing up in Edina, SUSAN ADAMS LOYD knew exactly what she wanted to do: run a television station. As a young mother, she earned a master's degree in speech communication from Minnesota State Mankato… and then lived her dream, running two stations at the same time in Florida and being named ClearChannel Executive of the Year. Today she’s vice president and general manager of WCCO-TV, in an industry where only one of every eight general managers is a woman. Like many Minnesota State Mankato alumni, Susan Adams Loyd went beyond what others thought possible.
VP General manager of WCCO-TV in Mpls/St. Paul
Communication Studies, 2008 Spring
Met with communication studies classes and public presentation


Hind Makki
Interfaith Youth Core
Communication Studies, 2009 Fall



Hind Makki is a leadership associate at the Interfaith Youth Core where she has developed and implements the One Chicago, One Nation program, an initiative that brings together diverse Chicagoans, with an emphasis on the Muslim community, through dialogue, community service and philanthropy. Since 2001, she has worked extensively within the Muslim community on matters regarding civic integration into American society, interfaith dialogue and youth leadership development and was a 2008-2009 fellow of the American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute.
Personal Quote: "I’ve done interfaith dialogue since the 90′s and have done community service within my community. These experiences taught me that when I combine the two, it enriches both my own faith and my relationship with those around me. I want to share those experiences with others."
Andreas Project: Visited classes in comm studies and public lecture





Janice Mandell
Director of Central Touring Theatre

Communication Studies, 2010 Fall
Lecture and Training on performance studies/youth theatre



Karen Mitchell
University of Northern IA, Save Students Against a Violent Environment
Karen Mitchell is a professor of communication studies at the University of Northern Iowa where she teaches courses in performance studies and critical communication pedagogy. She is the Artistic Director of UNI Interpreters Theatre, and the founding director of SAVE (Students Against a Violent Environment) Forum Actors. Her work with SAVE was originally part of a major grant to combat gender violence on campus, awarded to the UNI Women’s Studies program by the Department of Justice. In addition to SAVE, Dr. Mitchell also directs productions for UNI Interpreters Theatre. Her directorial work includes stage adaptations of novels (Extra-Curricular: A Novel of Rape on Campus by Anne Hasselbrack), investigations of popular cultural phenomenon (Barbie Undone), and hybrid works such as her ethnography of romance readers (The Rainbow Season: Romancing the Romance). My research interests include performance studies, critical communication pedagogy, and performance for social change.

Personal Quote: What I enjoy doing most is exploring questions of race, class, and gender through performance. My research appears in Text and Performance Quarterly, Theatre Topics, Communication Education, and Women and Violence.
Communication Studies, 2007 Fall
Met with comm studies classes and Public Reading



Katrina Plotz
Anti-War Committee, Mpls, MN

Katrina Plotz has been a member of the Anti-War Committee in Minneapolis since early 2006. That summer, she traveled to Colombia on a two-week delegation to meet with trade unionists, farmers, student activists, and human rights workers to learn about the impact of U.S. military aid on the Colombian people. In 2008, she was part of a coalition that organized a major demonstration on the first day of the Republican National Convention, and also helped organize an anti-war protest on the last day of the RNC. Katrina continues to organize for justice at home and abroad, as well as to ensure safety and equality for LGBT students in school and in the community.
Communication Studies, 2008 Spring
Met with comm studies classes, brown bag lunch, public presentation and training session


porholaMaili Porhola (2012-2013)
University of Jyväskylä, Finland

Maili Pörhölä (Ph.D., University of Jyväskylä, Finland) is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, where she is the director of the Mental Violence in Communication Relationships at School and in the Workplace research project. Her research focuses on bullying at school, in higher education, and in the workplace, including examining aspects of peer relationships, peer community integration, and psychosocial well-being. She has published research articles in Communication Education, Communication Research Reports, Communication Yearbook, and Teaching and Teacher Education, as well as authoring several book chapters. In addition, she has co-edited the book Anti and pro-social communication: Theories, methods, and applications.