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Lehigh Valley prof to speak at upcoming TEDxPSU event

2/13/2013 —

Nichola Gutgold, Ph.D., associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Lehigh Valley, will be one of the featured speakers at an upcoming TEDxPSU event. Gutgold will present "It Will Take Imagination Not Image to Elect the First Woman President" during TEDxPSU's third annual conference on March 17 at the Schwab Auditorium, University Park, Pa. The theme of this year's conference is "Yesterday's Frontiers and Tomorrow's Horizons."

Gutgold joins 14 other speakers during the event. She enjoys writing about the communication of women in male dominated fields and has written several books: "The Rhetoric of Supreme Court Women: From Obstacles to Options" (2012); "Almost Madam President: Why Hillary Clinton 'Won' in 2008" (2009); "Seen and Heard: The Women of Television News" (2008); and "Paving the Way for Madam President" (2006). With Molly Wertheimer she co-authored "Elizabeth Hanford Dole: Speaking from the Heart" (2004). With Ted Sheckels and Diana Carlin she co-authored "Gender and the American Presidency: Nine Presidential Women and the Barriers They Faced" (2012).

A multiple recipient of the Penn State Lehigh Valley Teaching Excellence Award, Gutgold also won the Research Achievement Award, Advising Excellence Award and Student Appreciation Award. She won the Pennsylvania Communication Association's Donald Ecroyd Research and Scholarship Award and was named The Morning Call newspaper's "Choice Voice" Award for her blog, "TalkDoc."

A visiting scholar at California State University-Chico, she has led Penn State students through China and European Field Courses. She is frequently quoted in both the national and international press.

She graduated with honors at age 20 with majors in communications and English from King’s College, a master’s degree from Bloomsburg University, and a Ph.D. in speech communication from The Pennsylvania State University.

TEDxPSU is an independently organized TED event aimed at bringing together leading thinkers and doers at its annual conference. According to its website, TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, and Design.


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