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: January 20, 2015

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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 #*
Prepare: Mother Jones, RK, pp. 619-26 #*
Prepare: Emma Goldman, "Speech to the Jury" #*


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 #*


Discussion: Roosevelt Speech

 

2. The Political Turn

Prepare: Wilson's Inaugural, RK, pp. 596-600 #*

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

 

 

Lecture: The Years of Tumult

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

Background: New Deal Rhetorical Form

19

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 TBA
2. Roosevelt's Critics
Prepare (watch): Huey Long, "Share the Wealth #*
Abstract (watch): Father Charles Coughlin #
Discussion: Huey Long
C. World War II Read: Prelude to World War II and Pearl Harbor and Mobilization

Background: Motivating War on Facism

 
24   Prepare (listen): FDR's Arsenal of Democracy, RK, pp. 713-22 #*
Prepare (watch): FDR's Declaration of War, RK, pp. 730-32 #*
Discussion: FDR and the road to War TBA
26   Prepare (watch): "Prelude to War " #* Discussion: Prelude to War
    Review for Exam  
Mar 3 Mid-term Exam 1 (Snow day, if we lose a day before the exam, Mar;ch 5)
III. The Post War Years: 1945-90
5 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
 
B. The Cold War  

Background: Resources of Cold War Rhetoric

10
1. The beginnings

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

Discussion: Establishing the Cold War TBA
   

Background: Historical Stages of the Cold War

 
12
2. Waging the Cold War

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

Discussion: Waging Cold War TBA
   

Background: Second Cold War

TBA
24
3. Second Cold War
Prepare (watch): Ronald Reagan, "The Evil Empire," RK, 796-803 #* Discussion: Reagan's speech

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

26
 
Prepare: Martin Luther King, "Speech at Holt Street" #*
Prepare (view): Martin Luther King, "I Have a Dream," RK, 837-43 #*
Discussion: King TBA
2. Black Nationalism
 

Background: Black Nationalism

 
31   Prepare (listen): Malcolm X, "The Ballot or the Bullet" in Detroit #* Discussion: Malcolm TBA
3. Feminism
 

Background: Feminism

 
Apr 2  

Prepare: "Men and Violence" #*
Steinem and Schlafaley, RK, pp. 864-77

Discussion: Feminism and ERA TBA
4. Gay Rights
 

Background: Gay Rights

 
7   Prepare: Milk #* Discussion: Milk TBA
  Review for Exam  
9 Mid-term Exam 2 (Snow day, if we lose a day before the exam, April 14)
IV. End of the Century: 1980-2008
14 A. Historical Context  

Lecture: End Of the Century

  • Conservative Coalition
  • Globalization
 
B. Rise of Conservatism  

Background: Rise of Conservatism

16   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

TBA

C. Globalization & 9/11  

Background: Rhetoric of Globalization

 
21  

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

Discussion: Gore's Campaign

 
   

Background: 9/11: Motivating response

 
23  

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

Discussion: 9/11

TBA

28 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

 
30   Prepare (watch from 41:20 into speech): Bush 2003 State of Union, #*
Prepare (watch) Powell, Speech to United Nations #*
Discussion: Justifying War TBA
V. The New Century
May 5 A. Historical Context   Lecture: The Agenda for the 21st century  
7   Watch: ABC on Rev. Wright
Prepare
(watch): Obama, Philadelphia Speech #*
Prepare (watch): Election Night Speech #*

Discussion: 2008 Obama Campaign

 
12   Prepare (watch): Obama, Second Inaugural #* Discussion: Obama Coalition  
    Evaluations  
    Review for Final  

TBA

    Final Exam