Heather Ashley Hayes

Heather Ashley Hayes is a scholar, author, speaker, and global citizen critic researching, writing, organizing, and teaching. Influenced by training in both rhetorical criticism and anthropological field work methods, her work focuses on the social implications of racialized violence and discourses of terrorism, both domestically and as part of the global, decades long US-led war on terror.

Dr. Hayes is Chair and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Race and Ethnic Studies at Whitman College and 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, teaches at both a small liberal arts college and inside penitentiaries, and serves as Terrorism and Middle East desk editor for Citizen Critics (www.citizencritics.org), where she also is a regular contributor.

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Power and Privilege Symposium

  • Whitman College Walla Walla, WA USA (map)

A student-led, faculty endorsed, day of reflection about issues of power and privilege across Whitman College, the academy, and the surrounding public communities. Heather Ashley Hayes will deliver a talk entitled, "Blood on the Leaves: Violence, the Black Body, and the Possibility of Hip-Hop" in Maxey Auditorium, once at 11:00am and again at 2:45pm.