Professor John W. Ray to Present at National Communication Association



Professor John W. Ray of Montana Tech's Liberal Studies Department has had a paper accepted for presentation at the annual convention of the National Communication Association in New Orleans in November. The title of Professor Ray's presentation is: Parliamentary Procedure: A Voice for Deliberation.

The paper examines how adhering to the proper rules for conducting a debate or discussion can reduce the rancor we see so often in our public discourse and increase the level of civility.

Professor Ray teaches courses at Montana Tech in communications, public policy and political science. In July, 2011 Professor Ray had an article entitled: "Civic Friendship, Civility and Deliberation: The Role of Parliamentary Procedure" published in Parliamentary Journal, the national publication of the American Institute of Parliamentarians. He is a past president of the Commission on American Parliamentary Practice.

Professor Ray is currently working on a book that examines the contemporary significance of American Transcendentalists such as Thoreau and Emerson.