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Amanda Nell Edgar Wins Prestigious Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award from the National Communication Association

Amanda Nell Edgar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication & Film at the University of Memphis, recently received the 2021 Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award from the National Communication Association (NCA).

“Not only is this one of the most prestigious national awards in the area of rhetoric, it is a recognition by outstanding scholars in the discipline that Dr. Edgar’s work is top quality,” said Dr. Wendy Atkins-Sayre, Chair of the Department of Communication and Film. “This type of award confirms that our faculty are truly outstanding teacher-scholars.”

The award is given annually to foster and promote philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse. Dr. Amanda Nell Edgar’s cutting-edge research program sits at the intersections of rhetoric, media, power, and identity. Nell Edgar’s third book, Silenced: Racial Justice and Sonic Relationality, promises to build upon and expand expertise in sound studies and social justice by examining the myriad ways that “silence” is deployed in public discourse, from the Nixon-era “Silent Majority” through recent gestures of solidarity via social media “blackouts.” Nell Edgar’s innovative work demonstrates how even well-intentioned uses of silence can limit organizing and knowledge about the rhetoric of racial justice.

“NCA’s annual awards honor Communication scholars’ teaching, scholarship, and service,” NCA Interim Executive Director Linda Taliaferro, CAE, said. “NCA is proud to recognize Dr. Nell Edgar’s significant contributions to the Communication discipline with this award.”

Dr. Nell Edgar’s award will be presented on November 20 at the NCA 107th Annual Convention in Seattle, WA. For more information about NCA’s awards program, visit

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