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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16th Annual Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies

  • Lewis and Clark 0615 SW Palantine Hill Road PORTLAND United States (map)

For three days each November, scholars, students, public figures, writers, artists, and community members come together at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon for a series of workshops, lectures, performances, panel discussions, readings, and a student-curated art exhibit. All sessions are free and open to the general public.

First created by students in 2004, the Ray Warren Symposium continues to be organized each year by a team of dedicated undergraduates who select the theme, choose keynote speakers, create panel discussions, and develop the full program. As an interdisciplinary event, the symposium appeals to students across the College, and many have presented their research in fields such as Sociology, Environmental Studies, Psychology, History, and Ethnomusicology.

One of the highlights each year is Race Monologues, a student presentation of personal narratives. In front of a packed house, L&C students use prose, poetry, and sometimes song to express their journeys to understand race, ethnicity, and personal identity.

The symposium began in 2004 as a way to honor Ray Warren, an L&C alumnus who served as Director of Ethnic Student Services from 1992 until his death in 2004. The full schedule and more information may be found at https://college.lclark.edu/programs/ethnic_studies/symposium/ as the event date nears.

Later Event: November 3
Election Day