Course Schedule

The following schedule is a tentative day-by-day plan for the semester. We may well find that we fall behind, and there is time built into the schedule to compensate. So revisions will be announced in class and you are responsible for such announcements.

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Calendar Schedule

January 27, 29

February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26

March 3, 5, 10, 12, 24, 26, 31

April 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

May 5, 7, 12

Final exam

Last updated: March 31, 2015

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Preparation
Do an Abstract #
Prepare for Class Discussion *

In Class Discussion Leaders
Introduction
Jan 27

A Introduction to Course

B. Criticizing Public Discourse

 

Administration
Working with speeches


 
29  

Read: R&K, pp. 1-22; and
"Guiding Your Inquiry into Public Addresses"

Prepare and Watch: Obama State of the Union Speech #*

Discussion: Obama, State of the Union, 2015

 

 
C. Public Leadership   Lecture: Rhetoric and Public Leadership
I. The Century Opens: 1900-1920
Feb 3 A. The Historical Moment

 

Lecture: The Century Opens, 1900-1920

  • Industrial dislocation
  • Human Rights
  • Age of Imperialism
 
B. Radical Voices

Read: Industrialization and Reform
View: Jacob Riis Photos
Read: Upton Sinclair, The Jungle c. 14

Background: Radical Voices

5  

Prepare: Eugene V. Debs, RK, pp. 614-18 #* (His voice)
Prepare: Mother Jones, RK, pp. 619-26 #* (Her voice)
Prepare: Emma Goldman, "Speech to the Jury" #* (Her voice)


Discussion: Debs, Jones, Goldman  
C. Reform Voices: Progressivism

Read: The Progressive Era and Woodrow Wilson and the Election of 1912

Background: Progressive movement

10

1. Reform Voices

Read: David Graham Phillips, "The Treason of the Senate."

Prepare: Theodore Roosevelt, Man with a Muckrake, RK, pp. 586-95 #* (His voice)


Discussion: Roosevelt Speech

 

2. The Political Turn

Prepare: Wilson's Inaugural, RK, pp. 596-600 #* (His voice)

Discussion: Wilson Inaugural

D. Suffrage Movement

 

Background: Suffrage Movement

12

 

Read: Commentaries only, RK, pp. 627-655
Prepare: Carrie Chapman Catt, RK, 656-70 #*

Discussion: Catt  
E. American Imperialism Read: World War I

Background: US Role in the World

17 Snow Day
19   Abstract only: Albert Beveridge, RK, pp. 672-78. #
Abstract only: William Jennings Bryan, RK, pp. 679-89 # (His voice)
Prepare: The League of Nations Debate, RK, pp. 700-12 #*
Discussion: League of Nations Debate  
II. The Years of Tumult: 1920-45
19 A. Historical Context

 

 

Lecture: The Years of Tumult

  • Great Depression
  • Rise of Facism
 
24 B. The New Deal Read: Depression and FDR

Background: Rhetoric of the New Deal

26

1. FDR takes Charge

Prepare(Watch): Franklin Roosevelt's First Inaugural, RK, pp. 747-51 #*
Prepare (Listen):  First Fireside Chat, RK, pp. 752-55 #*

Discussion: Roosevelt's First Inaugural and Fireside Chat Tyler Flateau
Julie Himelstein
Craig Johnson
2. Roosevelt's Critics
Watch only: Huey Long, "Share the Wealth"
   
C. World War II Read: Prelude to World War II and Pearl Harbor and Mobilization

Background: Motivating War on Facism

 
Mar 3   Abstract only (listen): FDR's Arsenal of Democracy, RK, pp. 713-22 #
Prepare (watch): FDR's Declaration of War, RK, pp. 730-32 #*
Prepare (watch): "Prelude to War " #*
Discussion: FDR Declares War
Discussion: Prelude to War
Katherine Schaner
Daniel Royston
Shannon Cooper
    Review for Exam  
5 Second Snow day
10 Mid-term Exam 1
III. The Post War Years: 1945-90
12 A. Historical Context

Read: Breakdown of postwar peace
Read: The "Second Cold War"

Lecture: The Post War Years
  • The Cold War
  • Era of Social Movements
 
24

B. The Cold War

1. The beginnings

Prepare (listen): Winston Churchill, RK, pp. 774-78 #*
Prepare (listen): Harry S. Truman, "The Truman Doctrine" #*

Discussion: Establishing the Cold War Sarah Kolar
Alex April

    Background: Resources of Cold War Rhetoric  
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2. Waging the Cold War

Prepare: Duck and Cover #*
Abstract only: Dulles, RK, pp. 779-86 #
Prepare (watch): Kennedy, RK, pp. 787-90 #*
Abstract only: McGovern, RK, pp. 791-95 #

Discussion: Waging Cold War Cody Hobelman
Cameron Bozel
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3. Second Cold War
Prepare (watch): Ronald Reagan, "The Evil Empire," RK, 796-803 #* Discussion: Reagan's speech Eva Bialobrzecki
Jacob Ziff
Connor Harrington

C. The Age of Social Movements

 

 

Background: Rhetoric of the Movements of the 1960s

 

1. Civil Rights

Read: African American Civil Rights Movement

Background: Civil Rights

Apr 2
 
Prepare (listen): Martin Luther King, "Speech at Holt Street" #*
Prepare (view): Martin Luther King, "I Have a Dream," RK, 837-43 #*
Discussion: King Garrett Hart
Amnetty Marmolejos
Maxwell Kolesar
2. Black Nationalism
 

Background: Black Nationalism

 
7   Prepare (listen): Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet" in Detroit #* Discussion: Malcolm Jackie Celeste
Molly Ryner
3. Feminism
 

Background: Feminism

 
9  

Prepare: "Men and Violence" #*

Discussion: Feminism and ERA Sunny Kamara
Kelly Durej
Meagan Blaier
4. Gay Rights
 

Background: Gay Rights

 
14   Prepare: Milk #* Discussion: Milk Stella Gordon-Zigel
Hannah Rosenberg
Susan Lee
  Review for Exam  
16 Mid-term Exam 2
IV. End of the Century: 1980-2008
21 A. Historical Context  

Lecture: End Of the Century

  • Conservative Coalition
  • Globalization
 
B. Rise of Conservatism  

Background: Rise of Conservatism

23   Abstract (view): Reagan, A Time for Choosing, RK, pp. 756-66#
Prepare (view): Reagan's First Inaugural Address, RK, pp. 767-772 #*
Discussion: Reagan's First Inaugural

Jonathan Lee
Gabriella Clark

C. Globalization & 9/11  

Background: Rhetoric of Globalization

 
28  

Prepare and watch: Al Gore, Nobel Lecture, 2007 #*

Discussion: Gore's Campaign

 
   

Background: 9/11: Motivating response

 
30  

Prepare and watch: George W. Bush, Statement in Florida #*; Statement in Louisiana #*; and Speech To Congress, RK, pp. 804-810 #*

Discussion: 9/11

Sarah Spellacy
Rachel Marget
Jonathan Zuckerman

May 5 D. Justifying War: Neo-Conservatism & the Case for Iraq Read: Just War and The National Security Strategy of the United States, esp. c. 5 #*

Background: Justification for War and Just War Doctrine

 
7   Prepare (watch from 41:20 into speech): Bush 2003 State of Union, #*
Prepare (watch) Powell, Speech to United Nations #*
Discussion: Justifying War Nick LePenna
Henry Altman
V. The New Century
7 A. Historical Context   Lecture: The Agenda for the 21st century  
12   Watch: ABC on Rev. Wright
Prepare
(watch): Obama, Philadelphia Speech #*
Prepare (watch): Election Night Speech #*

Discussion: 2008 Obama Campaign

 
    Evaluations  
    Review for Final  

19
1:30-3:30

    Final Exam