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ULM welcomes Chad Kautzer as traveling scholar

Published November 13, 2014

The University of Louisiana at Monroe communication program in conjunction with the Speech and Debate Forum will welcome Dr. Chad Kautzer at 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 18, in ULM’s Chemistry and Natural Sciences Building, Room 100, to present, “Homelessness, Security, and the Politics of Space.” Kautzer’s presentation is part of the university’s Traveling Scholar Series. The event is free and open to the public.


Kautzer will also hold master class sessions for ULM communication students during his visit.

Kautzer’s presentation focuses on how the chronic lack of shelter and access to private facilities forces private lives into public spaces, thus calling into question various dimensions of security.

Kautzer is ULM’s 20th scholar in the program’s six years of existence. Pace, who began the program in the fall of 2009, says that the Traveling Scholar program “Increases ULM’s presence on the national level (our scholars come from all over the country) and gives our students access to well respected scholars, their expertise, perspectives, and scholarly approaches they couldn’t otherwise get.”


Kautzer is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Social Justice Minor at the University of Colorado. He is co-editor of “Pragmatism, Nation, and Race: Community in the Age of Empire,” and author of “Radical Philosophy: An Introduction,” forthcoming from Paradigm Publishers.

In 2013, he was chief curator of an art exhibition about home, homelessness, and social recognition, titled “Not Exactly: Between Home and Where I Find Myself” at the Redline Center for Contemporary Art in Denver.

Pace expressed her excitement for Kautzer’s visit and his expertise concerning the subject of social justice advocacy.

“Since we've transitioned to a concentration in communication advocacy, I've been looking for people who really specialize in that area. Dr. Kautzer has expertise as a scholar of social justice and advocacy, but he is also an advocate in his own right,” she said. “He's also our first Traveling Scholar who has curated an art exhibit. His exhibit focused on advocacy, so he offers a unique perspective as a result of that experience too.”

For more information, please contact Dr. Lesli Pace at pace@ulm.edu, or at 318-342-1165.