Finding Your People in a Conference Hotel

Katherine Miller

I got back a couple days ago from the annual conference of the Organization for the Study of Communication, Language, and OSCLGGender, held this year in San Francisco. It’s a “boutique” conference – 120 or so women and men gathered to talk about issues that really matter to me. I attended panels considering women and mental health, feminism and social media, and what might happen if personhood legislation was ever successful. And I spent even more time outside of those panels meeting scholars I hadn’t known before, catching up with friends, and drinking wine. Yeah, lots of wine.

I’ve only been attending the OSCLG conference for a few years. But in November, I’ll head to Chicago for the NCA100th meeting of the National Communication Association. How many NCA meetings have I been to? Well, I started graduate school in communication in 1981. I haven’t been to all…

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