On October 8-12, the Department of Communication hosted the Public Address Conference, a biennial event that attracts scholars of rhetoric for research presentations on public discourse and its role in public culture.  The theme of the 2014 conference was Mapping Rhetorical Authority.

The keynote address for the conference was delivered by G. Thomas Goodnight, Professor of Communication at the University of Southern California.

The conference honoree was Michael Osborn, Emeritus Professor of Communication at the University of Memphis.