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CAS 475 - Studies in Public Address

Professor: Stephen H. Browne
Office: 212 Sparks
Phone: (814) 865-1028
Email: sxb17@psu.edu 
Professor: Kirt Wilson
Office: 220 Sparks
Phone: (814) 865-1985
Email: khw2@psu.edu 

Language is power, and that power is vital to shaping our shared realities, values, and aspirations. Studies in Public Address examines key debates, issues, personalities, and texts as they shape American civic life. Themes may include the rhetoric of civil rights, religion, nationhood, and social controversy. Because the content of the class reflects the specific research interests of the professor teaching it that semester, students are encouraged to contact the professor responsible each semester to determine course content.

Course Objectives

Students will:

  • learn about key episodes in the American rhetorical tradition
  • examine important public debates, issues, and reform movements
  • research, discover, and compose original scholarship