Welcome to the home page for
COMM 453: The Power of Discourse in American Life.
My goal on this site is to provide information that will facilitate
the learning of students in the course. Your suggestions for material
In preparation for the final
There will be questions on your exam having to do with the following
pieces of discourese: A
column by Sally Jenkins, a speech
by President Obama. You may have to sign up for an account with
the Washington Post to access the Jenkins column, but I have
never had spam generated from my WP account, so I think it is safe.
You may feel free to read and familiarize yourself with these two pieces
of discourse prior to the exam. I will reproduce the relevant excerpts
on the exam so you do not need to bring copies of this discourse to
the exam. Of course, the questions I want you to answer about these
pieces of discourse will also be on the exam.
Watch for additional material during the semester.