Every day, people are judged on the way they speak, and those judgments have important consequences for school, work, and life. One aspect of this phenomenon, known as linguistic stereotyping, holds that even brief samples of speech can cue negative attributes regarding individual speakers.
Donald Rubin, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia and an expert on linguistic stereotyping, will present “Voices in Your Head: The Power of Prejudice in Speech Evaluation” on Wednesday, September 10, at 10:00 a.m. in Leonard Hall, room 212, on the IUP campus.
Rubin has joint appointments in the departments of Speech Communication, Language, and Literacy Education and in the Program in Linguistics. He served as head of the Speech Communication Department and was a faculty fellow at the University System of Georgia.
A former editor of the National Communication Association’s journal Communication Education, Rubin is presently senior scientist at UGA’s Center for Health and Risk Communication and adjunct professor at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology. He is also academic director of UGA’s study abroad program in Communication, Health Culture/Sustainability in Northern Territory and eastern Queensland, Australia.
Rubin’s current research projects involve three themes: (1) health literacy; (2) student learning outcomes that accrue from study abroad; and (3) evaluative reactions to non-native speakers of English, especially as they pertain to formal assessments such as job interviews or teaching evaluations.
He has served as principal investigator or co-investigator on grants and contracts funded by such agencies as FIPSE, NCI, NIA, CDC, International Research Studies (ED), and the Legacy Foundation. His co-edited volume, Health Communication and Faith Communities, is forthcoming from Hampton Press.
The guest lecture is sponsored by the English Department’s graduate program in Composition and TESOL. All are invited to attend.
Department of English