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.


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: May 7, 2015

Daily Schedule
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Date Topic

Do an Abstract #
Prepare for Class Discussion *

In Class Discussion Leaders
Jan 27

A Introduction to Course

B. Criticizing Public Discourse


Working with speeches


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


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


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



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


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

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  
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
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


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 only (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


Prepare and watch: Al Gore, Nobel Lecture #*

Discussion: Global Environmentalism


Background: 9/11: Motivating response


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   Review (watch): Election Night Speech
Review (watch): Second Inaugural Address


    Review for Final  


    Final Exam