Join us in Atlanta this October!

From October 16-18, 2014, the Biennial Public Address Conference will be hosted in Atlanta by the Department of Communication at Georgia State University.  Scholars from 25 universities will deliver research papers or responses, all focused on the central conference theme: “Mapping Rhetorical Authority.”

As has become the conference custom, a distinguished scholar of public address will be honored.  Michael Osborn, emeritus professor of communication at the University of Memphis, has made extraordinary contributions to our collective understanding of rhetorical process.

The keynote address will be delivered by G. Thomas Goodnight of the University of Southern California, and kicks off the conference on Thursday evening.

For those who might be interested, on Thursday afternoon October 16, we have arranged a back stage tour of the Carter Library hosted by the archivists, and a discounted ticket for the recently redesigned museum.  This appears as an option on the conference registration form, and the conference has arranged transportation back and forth from the Residence Inn. As of August 3, all slots for this tour have been claimed, with no room remaining. But if you would like to join a wait list, please contact Dr. Mary Stuckey (

All conference sessions and provided meals will be hosted at the Loudermilk Center, an executive retreat facility located on the perimeter of the Georgia State University campus.

AS OF MONDAY, OCTOBER 13 WE HAVE CLOSED CONFERENCE REGISTRATION ONLINE. If you would still like to attend, we may be able to accommodate you: contact Dr. Mary Stuckey, the main conference planner, at and we will do what we can to assist.


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