Convention 2021 Program Details (All times are US Central Daylight)

Wednesday, March 17, 2021 

8:00 - 10:00 AM 2020-2021 Joint Board Meeting

Newly elected board members will join current board members. This joint board meeting includes the officers for 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 in an effort to provide background for newly elected board members and continue forward progress for all.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 

8:15 - 8:30 AM Welcome and Announcements

8:30 - 9:45 AM Organizational Activities & Exercises for Listening & Communication Training; Laura Janusik, Jennifer Grau, Kathy O’Brien, Sheila Bentley; Workshop 

Each of the four panelists train communication and listening in organizational settings, and each is willing to share one activity that works well to get a point across.  If you’re currently a practitioner, come to share your activities and exercises, too! We change the way the world listens…one person at a time!

10:00 - 11:15 AM Listening: The Foundation of Global Relationships; Panel

This panel will explore dimensions of listening behavior within a global context. Collectively, the research papers provide implications for further research and applications to collaborative communication across cultures; Chair: Andrew Wolvin
Strategic Listening: The Pathway to World Peace; Annie Rappeport, Andrew Wolvin Kathakali: The Cultural Embodiment of Aesthetic Listening; Andrew Wolvin
The Citizen Diplomat: America's Listener; Andrew Wolvin

11:30 - 1:15 PM 2020 Keynote: Be Surprised by Listening - Again and Again; Tom Kaden, Michael Gingrich, Raquel Ark

Be “Surprised by Listening” with the 2020 ILA Keynote address! If you want an experience that you ’ll never forget, plan to attend - and learn how you can be heard like never before, in an experiential presentation that will be fun and will create bonds between ILA members and guests. Like never before. 

1:15 - 1:45 PM Virtual Break


1:45 - 3:00 PM Audio Description: Listening to Images; Joel Snyder; Talk

Audio Description is a kind of literary art form. It's a type of poetry--a haiku. It provides a verbal version of the visual; the visual is made verbal, and aural, and oral. Using words that are succinct, vivid, and imaginative, we convey the visual image of the arts and everyday events to people who are blind, a population who often uses listening skills to participate in cultural activity. Estimates by the American Foundation for the Blind show that over 21 million Americans are blind or have difficulty seeing even with correction—and careful listening benefits the rest of us--the rest of us, sighted folks who see but who may not observe.

3:15 - 4:30 PM Embrace the World Within: Learning to Listen to our Self; Carol Benton; Workshop

Before we can listen and connect with others, most of us need to practice listening to ourselves. However, when we pause in our busy lives, we often discover an unending and disturbing amount of internal self-talk. This experiential workshop introduces basic background information on mindfulness in order to increase awareness of automatic self-talk. By learning to listen deeply to ourselves, we can be more present and find ways to deeply connect and build our relationship with self and others.

4:45 - 6:00  Listening to Students; Donna Knifong; Workshop

Listening to Students is an innovative project done at a four-year university and a two-year community college that uses the power of student voices to expand minds, touch hearts, and contribute in profound ways to inclusivity, student success, and pedagogical and institutional transformation in a diverse world. In this workshop, the project will be presented, along with step-by-step guidance for how to do this type of work, and we will explore the myriad uses and benefits of bringing this project to your own institution. Workshop participants will leave with (1) a way to learn more about our different students in higher education and (2) a way to do more to make their campus communities more appreciative of differences between people in interactions in the classroom and out on campus.

Friday, March 19, 2021 

8:00 - 9:15 AM Listening Moments; Margarete Imhof, Sheila Bentley; Creative Workshop

Listening appears in a variety of ways, listening moments may contain language as well as sounds of nature, human-made noise, and silence. The session marks the launch of an extended, cooperative, cross-cultural activity with the aim to collect audio samples of listening moments. We encourage participants to record and share their favorite listening experience with a larger audience. We will explore a large variety of listening moments from bird calls to silence, from music to poetry readings, the sound of the waves and the sound of traffic. The contributions will be posted on the website that features the activities which lead towards the International Day of Listening on September 16, 2021.  In the program, we will encourage participants to reflect on their listening experience, on their listening habits and favorites. We will look at how we perceive listening differently in varying contexts and what it means to us when we do or do not listen. 

The workshop or short course is meant to stimulate creativity and curiosity of the participants to listen more closely to their environment and to share their very own perspective on the value of listening as a very human experience. This should provide for an exchange of ideas and perspectives and for a lot fun as we listen together.

9:30-10:45 AM Education Papers Panel
Listening Leadership: An Academic Perspective; Annie Rappeport, Andrew Wolvin; Panel

Leadership principles and practices traditionally focuses on the leader who creates a transformational vision of a workplace and communicates that vision to his/her followers. Some leaders have recognized the need to first listen to the organization’s stakeholders in order to develop goals and strategies that will most effectively align with the needs and capabilities of those who will be impacted. In the summer of 2020, Dr. Darryl Pines, the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Maryland College Park, was appointed President of the campus. A listening leader, he spent the summer in listening sessions with the various constituent groups in order to develop a responsive, resonant strategic plan for moving the campus forward. The case study details the theoretical foundation of listening leadership and the application of the perspective to the higher education workplace.

The Relationship between Listening Comprehension Processes and Second Language Proficiency: Top-down & Bottom-up Perspectives; Aiko Furuya; Panel

This researcher investigates how listening comprehension processes differ from second language proficiency from the perspectives of top-down and bottom-up processes. To identify such differences, experiments followed by questionnaires were conducted among learners of two proficiency levels (lower intermediate and upper intermediate).

11:00 AM – Noon You Talk; we'll listen.  Melissa Beall and the ILA board

12:15 - 2:00 PM  General Business Meeting (President Lori  Joubert)

Honoring Past Presidents in Attendance (1st VP Elect Chris Bond)
Preview of the 2022 convention (Bloomington, Minnesota, USA, March 31, April 1, 2, 2022)
Virtual Break

2:00 - 3:15 PM Expanding Listening Orientations: Improving Listening Measurement Through LSP-R, LSP-R8, LCI-R Scale Comparison; Elizabeth Parks, Meara Faw

Using an online survey, we examined the ways that the LSP-R, LSP-R8, and LCI-R scales correlate within and across each other. Our results carry significant implications for future listening scholarship related to measurement within and across each subscale for these important listening types and styles. We also identity a generative space for future research that might add two subscales (drawing from the LCI-R scale) to measure additional orientations to listening with the existing LSP-R/LSP-R8 scales. This may ultimately lead to an expanded Listening Styles Profile (LSP-E) and expanded LSP-R8 (LSP-E12) to identify and describe six listening styles, adding to the original four and enriching our understanding of diverse orientations to listening across difference.

3:30 - 4:45 PM Understanding Misunderstanding; Jerry Catt, Richard Halley, Michael Purdy; Panel

Ethical listening with all of its challenges has potential for healing the deepening rifts that have been created by inhospitable discourse in every sphere. Drawing upon ongoing conversations between Richard Halley, Mike Purdy, and Jerry Catt this panel revisits Halley’s model of checking-fit to further examine, outline and refine a hermeneutic practice that answers to an ethics of listening Halley and Catt presented a year ago. Attendees will be invited to join the conversation.

Saturday, March 20, 2021 

8:30-9:30 AM 2021 2021 Keynote; Listen Like a Writer: Interpersonal Communication and Cues that Foster Collaboration, Connections and Creation; Karris Golden

Karris Golden, Author, Inspirational Speaker, Newspaper Columnist and CEO, Unite Credit Union, Cedar Falls, IA.  Ms. Golden will answer the following questions in her address:  What if we treat interactions like feature interviews? What can we learn when we put ourselves in others' shoes?  What can we learn from those whom we seek to "help"? How can we be "helped"? How do we turn information into action? Who/What gets in the way? How can we clear the path?  

10:00-11:15 AM Filling the Research Gap: Examining a Research / Practitioner Collaboration Process; Jennifer Grau, Guy Itzchakov; Panel

What happens when a listening researcher and a listening trainer team up to learn more about listening? A complimentary collaboration that so far has led to the publication of two articles on listening. Join us as we briefly discuss our most recent article on high quality listening in the age of COVID-19, then shift focus to explore the opportunities and challenges this kind of collaboration presents as we consider ways to cultivate more field based listening research / practitioner collaboration

11:30-12:45 PM Exploring the Past Accomplishments; Future Opportunities and Growth Challenges of ILA; Lyman K. "Manny" Steil

Reflection on 56 years of studying the process, activities, stages, and behaviors of listeners around the world, and the creation and 41 year growth and development of the International Listening Association, this program will focus on the opportunities and challenges of refining and advancing ILA’s growth and potential International impact over the next 4 decades.  Over time all organization may experience the stages of birth, growth, maturity, stagnation, and death.  The simple question is: Where will the International Listening Association be in the year 2062?  Dr. Lyman K. (Manny) Steil, is ILA’s founding member #1

1:00-2:15 PM Listening Through Walking: What I heard as a Pilgrim of the Camino Frances; Cynthia Hazel; Workshop

Join me for a visual tour of my 800 km/500 mile pilgrimage along the Camino Frances, starting in St. Jean Pied-de-Port, France, and terminating in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. My goal was to listen to the voice within, but I heard so much more! Not only will I share my experiences, but we will discuss the benefits an/‘d risks of stopping to listen to the voice within—and means of achieving that goal.

2:30-3:45 PM These Should be on the New York Times Best Seller List; review of recently Published Books in Listening; Molly Stoltz, Debra Worthington, Andrew Wolvin, Graham Bodie; Panel

This panel will include authors of major books within the field of listening. The books themselves will be discussed showcasing the different perspectives that the authors are working from to emphasize the diversity of ways to approach listening for the purposes of education and research.

4:00-6:00 PM Annual Award Ceremony
Passing of the Gavel

Presidential Address

Saturday on April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 22
Program details for Saturday programs linked here.

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