Communications Toolkit for Academics


Many journalists and media outlets publish stories around major national holidays, remembrances, celebrations and pop-culture dates. Below is a list of current events or special dates about which your research or expertise could relate. These dates and question prompts can be used to help you generate ideas for blog posts, social media posts, op-eds, articles for The Conversation, or to be quoted in the media. Please contact Jessi Adler at if you are interested in writing for The Conversation or being listed as an expert for one of the below topics. 

Topic Ideas


Military Family Month         

National Adoption Month  

National Diabetes Month  

National Entrepreneurship Month           

National Alzheimer's Disease Month     

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Nov. 1 – LEGO release’s 'Women of Nasa' set 

Nov. 3 – 2017 Toy of the Year Awards finalists announced

Nov. 3 – iPhone X available

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day 

Nov. 12 – International Fraud Awareness Week 

Nov. 13  International Education Week 

Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day

Nov. 21 – National Entrepreneurs’ Day

Nov. 23 –Thanksgiving Day

Nov. 24 – Black Friday

Nov. 25 – Small Business Saturday       

Nov. 28 – Giving Tuesday

Nov. 30 – Computer Security Day


Dec. 1 – Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year unveiled      

Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day       

Dec. 2 – 75th anniversary of the first nuclear chain reaction           

Dec. 4 – Computer Science Education Week

Dec. 5 – 4th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death           

Dec. 7 – National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  

Dec.10 – International Human Rights Day    

Dec. 11 – 20th anniversary of Kyoto climate change agreement     

Dec. 15 – Bill of Rights Day   

Dec. 17 – 25th anniversary of North American Free Trade Agreement signing      

Dec. 18 – Merriam-Webster Word of the Year announced  

Dec. 21 – 80th anniversary of Walt Disney's 'Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs'    

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