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Dr. Stephen John Hartnett to Speak at Annual Communication Day

On Friday, USF will be celebrating Communication Day with a lecture by Dr. Stephen John Hartnett from the University of Colorado, Denver.

The lecture will be held at C.W. Bill Young Hall in room 107 at 12:15 p.m.

Hartnett is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado, Denver. For more than 20 years he has been teaching creative writing, public speaking and various other classes and workshops to prisoners in states across the country.

In his lecture Friday, Hartnett will talk about lessons he’s learned through his work in prisons and of the importance of communication. He will also bring with him poems and artwork by prisoners.

As an advisor to his university’s Center for Public Humanities and editor of Captured Words/Free Thoughts, a bi-annual magazine of poems and stories written by prisoners, Hartnett is highly involved as an educator.

Hartnett has also protested in prisons and given lectures in twenty-one states, speaking out against the death penalty.

He has been awarded the Northwest Communication Association’s 2008 Human Rights Award and the University of Colorado’s 2010 Thomas Jefferson Award, among others for his work in the communication field.


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