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CAS 084 - First-Year Seminar

Professor: Dr. Pamela VanHaitsma
Office: 226 Sparks

Public Discourse about LGBTQIA Lives

Seemingly everywhere we turn, questions about gender and sexuality are under public discussion. Laverne Cox graces the cover of Time magazine, which declares 2014 the year of the “Transgender Tipping Point,” and the U.S. Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage in 2015. But just five years later, politicians, pop stars, and the public at large are still debating the basic freedoms of everyday LGBTQIA individuals to use public restrooms, serve in the military, and adopt children. This course introduces students to critical theories and vocabularies for understanding, historicizing, and analyzing this public discourse as it unfolds.

Course Objectives

  • Introduce students to rhetorical theories and conceptual vocabularies for understanding, historicizing, and analyzing public discourse about LGBTQIA lives.

Time Magazine cover of Laverne Cox