Discussing teaching and research as activism

BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University’s Office of Global Multicultural Education and the Department of Communication Studies are sponsoring “Teaching and Research as Activism,” a talk by Shuzhen Huang, Ph.D., on Monday, March 19, at 6 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218.

The talk will celebrate the International Women’s Day theme, #PressForProgress, that focuses on gender parity and inclusiveness. Huang, assistant professor of communication studies, is trained in journalism, gender studies and communication studies, will discuss her engagements with activism towards gender and sexual equality as a teacher and scholar. The event is free and open to the public with a reception to follow.

Huang explores the complexity of subjectivities and theorizes alternative cultural practices that open up opportunities to extend and rethink dominant frameworks of knowledge. Oriented around culture and diversity, her work is situated at the intersection of intercultural communication, gender and sexuality studies, and critical-cultural communication studies. Having trained in multiple disciplines (Journalism, Gender Studies, and Communication Studies) and lived in multiple cultures, she is committed to interdisciplinary, transnational, and intersectional methods in her research and teaching. Her recent research focus is on the communicative practices of marginalized groups and their global, cultural and material articulations through gender, sexuality, race and class.

Huang is devoted to critical pedagogy and she sees teaching as intricately intertwined with scholarship. In her teaching, she is committed to cultivate a classroom environment that respects different voices and nurtures diversity. Having taught at different universities in both China and the U.S. for seven years enables Dr. Huang to work with students of diverse backgrounds by consistently reflecting on and improving her pedagogical capacities.

Huang has been actively engaged in current scholarly conversations and has earned top paper honors from international, national, and regional conferences in the Communication discipline. Outside of the U.S., she has been an editor and translator of English articles on LGBT movements and theories for a community-based LBT women support group in mainland China. She has also been invited twice as a guest speaker on the topics of “Transnational Queer Theory” and “Public Sphere and Counterpublic” at Nanjing University, a leading university in mainland China.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 9,600 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.