African American Civil Rights Rhetoric - Fall 2010

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Course Announcement: CAS 478

The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences is pleased to offer a course in African American Civil Rights Rhetoric this Fall.  This semester, CAS 478 will be devoted to the study of civil rights argument and debate from the Reconstruction era to the present. The class will seek to answer 3 questions: What is the history of black participation and equality in the modern United States?  What is the nature of rhetoric that either advocates or opposes African American civil rights, and, finally, what can this history and public discourse tell us about civil rights controversies across the entire population?

The instructor for this course is Kirt H. Wilson, a new Associate Professor in the department who specializes in political debate, civil rights theory, and African American rhetorics. The class will combine lecture and discussion, but students will have the opportunity to construct their own assignments within specific limits negotiated by the instructor and the student.

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