Heather Ashley Hayes

Heather Ashley Hayes is a scholar, author, and global citizen critic researching, writing, organizing, and teaching. Working from a PhD in communication studies and rhetoric with additional background in anthropological fieldwork methods, her interest focuses on the social implications of racialized violence and discourses of terrorism, both domestically and sometimes as part of the global, decades long US-led war on terror both within the United States and abroad. She engages work about circulations of violence and race in public discourse, film, and militarized & carceral spaces throughout the world.

Dr. Hayes is currently appointed as an Assistant Professor of the Department of Rhetoric and teaches in the Program in Race and Ethnic Studies at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, USA. She is the author of Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). Committed to public and global deliberation, she has presented her work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to diverse audiences, has taught at both a small liberal arts college and a large public high school and many institutions in between, and serves as Terrorism and Middle East desk editor for Citizen Critics (www.citizencritics.org), where she also is a contributor.

She also loves poetic aesthetics, she’s a cinephile who publishes the occasional film/television review, and she’s a vocal fighter for all things that make participatory democracy more fair and just.

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Teach In on Syria

  • Maxey Auditorium Whitman College Walla Walla, WA 99362 USA (map)

With over 115,000 people dead, 2 million displaced persons outside Syria (half are children), 5 million persons displaced within Syria, and almost half the population in dire need of humanitarian assistance, Syria represents a massive humanitarian crisis. This teach-in will feature 5 speakers, 2 Middle East experts from off campus including Keith Watenpaugh of UC-Davis who recently returned from a trip to the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan (the second largest in the world) where he interviewed Syrian refugees. The speakers will lecture on various aspects of this crisis, including a possible scenario of (more) US intervention and what US involvement means in terms of broader US imperialism in the region. Heather Ashley Hayes will deliver a talk on U.S. possibilities for intervention via drones in the region.