Montemurro to Give 2016 Mead Lecture

Beth Montemurro (Penn State University, Abington) will give 2016 George Herbert Mead Lecture during the annual convention of National Communication Association (NCA), November 10-13, 2016, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Denise Polk (West Chester University) will preside at the lecture.

Montemurro's lecture is entitled, "Men's and Women's Sexual Evolutions: Constructing Heterosexual Sexual Selves." In the lecture, Montemurro will discuss that existing research has largely neglected mid-life heterosexual men's and women's feelings about their sexuality and how it changes as they age and experience shifts in social roles. Using in-depth interview data from appropriately 175 heterosexual men and women between the ages of 20 and 69, Montemurro examines the way men and women develop sexual selves and how these selves evolve through mid-life. Montemurro expands on existing research on men's and women's sexualities by providing a more comprehensive examination of changes throughout the life span and among men and women of different ages and generations. Montemurro also highlights the ways in which larger cultural shifts in communication and media impact individual behavior, relationships, and sense of self.

George Herbert Mead Lecture Series is an annual presentation established by the branch unit of Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction (SSSI) in NCA conventions since 2008. The purpose of the lecture series is to promote the study of symbolic interactionism in the field of communication. The lecture serves to engage dialogues, discussions, and collaboration efforts between sociologists and communication researchers. NCA is the oldest academic organization in the field of communication, with a membership of more than 9,000 worldwide. NCA Convetion is attended by more than 5,000 scholars, researchers, practitioners and students in the field of communication annually.

Past Mead Lecture presenters include

  • 2008 Michael Katovich (San Diego)
  • 2009 Gary Alan Fine (Chicago)
  • 2010 Kathy Charmaz (San Francisco)
  • 2011 Christopher Faircloth (Xavier University of Louisiana)
  • 2012 Carolyn Ellis (Orlando)
  • 2013 Natalia Ruiz-Junco (Washington DC)
  • 2015 Michael Ian Borer (UNLV)

For more information about Mead Lecture Series, please contact Shing-Ling Sarina Chen (, coordinator of SSSI-NCA Unit.