Lecture Series

The Rhetorical Leadership program sponsors nationally-known scholars of rhetoric — the study and analysis of how symbols (e.g., speeches, visuals, letters, memos, social protest, opinion pieces, web postings) influence people and so exercise power — to lecture at UWM on various aspects of leading people through language and arguments rather than formal authority.


Lecture Series by Scholars of Rhetoric

More about each lecture in News and Events section.

2016 – Dr. Mary E. Stuckey, Georgia State University. “Anger in Presidential Elections.”   Event Poster (pdf)
2015 – Dr. Jeremy Engels, Pennsylvania State University. “The Rhetoric of Gratitude: From Debt to Freedom.”
2013-2014 – Dr. David Zarefsky, Northwestern University. “Abraham Lincoln’s Rhetorical Leadership.”
2012-2013 – Dr. Charles E. Morris III, Syracuse University. “Sunder the Children: Abraham Lincoln’s Queer Rhetorical Pedagogy.”
2011-2012 – Dr. Kirt H. Wilson, Pennsylvania State University. “Imitation, Leadership, and Violence: How to Understand Racial Hostilities After the Civil War.”
2010-2011 – Dr. Catherine Palczewski, University of Northern Iowa. “Taming Women’s Embodied Argument: The Transgressive Potential of Suffrage Advocates’ Body Argument and Social Responses of Recuperation.”
2009-2010 – Dr. John M. Murphy, University of Illinois. “Barack Obama, the Joshua Generation, and Political Leadership.”
2008-2009 – Dr. Martin J. Medhurst, Baylor University in Waco, Texas. “Presidential Speechwriting and the Nomination Acceptance Address, 1932-2004.”
2007-2008 – Dr. Shawn J. Parry-Giles, University of Maryland. “Mediating Hillary Rodham Clinton: The News Media as Arbiters of Political Authenticity.”
2006-2007 – Dr. Bonnie Dow, Vanderbilt University. “Rhetorical Leadership, Movements, and Media: The Difficult Case of 1970s Feminism in the U.S.”
2005 – Dr. James R. Andrews, Indiana University. “Rhetorical Leadership and the Struggle for an Ethical Culture.”
2004 – Dr. G. Thomas Goodnight, University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communication. “Rhetoric and Risk: Problems, Puzzles and Paradoxes.”