Heather Ashley Hayes

Heather Ashley Hayes is a scholar, writer, and educator of over seventeen years. Her scholarly work is interested in social implications of rhetorical practice and how humans use symbols to make meaning and address problems of common concern. Her research centers on violence, race, and discourses of terror. She writes about those discourses both domestically within the US and as part of the global terror wars. Her work is particularly interested in the intersection of domestic sociopolitical landscapes with dynamics of global violence, colonialism, and war. She additionally engages work about histories and circulations of violence as they relate to race, rhetorical practice, and securitization in public discourse, film, and militarized & carceral spaces throughout the world.

Hayes is currently appointed as a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Rhetoric and Media Studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon, USA. Her first book, Violent Subjects and Rhetorical Cartography in the Age of the Terror Wars (Palgrave Macmillan) dropped in 2016, joining a number of other article, review, and chapter length academic pieces. She presents work across the US, Middle East, and Europe to audiences in both academic spaces and outside of the university. She also serves as an Associate Editor for the public analysis space Citizen Critics, where she publishes work from time to time.

As a teacher, Hayes feels privileged in her career to have taught at institutions ranging from small liberal arts colleges in the Pacific Northwest of the US to a large public high school in Texas and many spaces in between. She has worked with lots of students at various stages of their educational journeys and has been honored to receive a number of distinctions for that work. In May of 2018, she accepted Whitman College’s George Ball Excellence in Advising Award, a student nominated honor recognizing an educator for outstanding distinction in advising and mentoring students from all areas of the college.

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Immigration Teach In

  • Olin 130, Whitman College 345 Boyer Ave Walla Walla, WA USA (map)

A week of action and discussion on the issue of immigration, to occur at Whitman College, culminating in a two hour "teach in" on Friday, April 18.

Monday April 14th: Keynote lecture from Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Labor Organizing Network, Location TBA 

Tuesday April 15"Harvest of Empire" film screening: 7:30pm in Kimball Theater, Whitman College

Wednesday April 16Regional Immigration Activist Panel: Maxey 204, Whitman College at 7:30pm

Friday April 18thTeach In, Olin 130, Whitman College, 3pm, Schedule below.

3:00 Intros, outline of the afternoon.

3:05-3:35 Julie Charlip, with a brief history of U.S.-Latin American relations, specifically as it pertains to factors which have precipitated northern migration.

3:35-4:05 Jennifer Devine, discussing narco-trafficking and the war on drugs, with a focus on how these factors may have exacerbated tensions driving migration.

4:05-4:35 Heather Ashley Hayes, discussing drone warfare, biometrics, and weapons of the state on the U.S.-Mexico border.

4:35-5:00 Alum Ariel Ruiz '12 will lead an audience discussion of the intersection of the issues discussed in the afternoon.

Later Event: April 19
Admitted Student's Day