September 17, 2009
ULM Traveling Scholars Series: Daughton to speak on compassionate communication Sept. 29
The Department of Communication and the Speech and Debate Forum welcomes Dr. Suzanne Daughton to the University of Louisiana at Monroe on Tuesday, Sept. 29.
Daughton will present her topic, “Speaking Peace: Transforming Conflict through Compassionate Communication,” from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom B.
Using discussion, demonstration and role-play, Daughton will provide an introduction to non-violent communication, which teaches a view that all violence is a tragic expression of unmet needs.
This perspective encourages one to heal from past conflict, to transform conflict in the present moment, and to prevent, minimize or defuse conflict in the future. Using honesty and empathy as two modes of speaking and listening, non-violent communication offers ways to shift communication patterns, allowing individuals to move from “emotional slavery” to “emotional liberation.”
Daughton teaches rhetorical criticism and theory, gender and sexuality. Over the past three years, she has participated in more than 30 days of training in Nonviolent Communication and enjoys sharing what she has learned with people of all ages, from preschoolers to university students, faculty, and community members.
Daughton is an Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Women's Studies at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Ill., where she has taught since 1990. She has served on several editorial boards and as editor of Women's Studies in Communication. She is co-author of Modern Rhetorical Criticism.