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Rhetorical Leadership conference keynote: Pauli Murray’s Rhetorical Leadership Through Intersectional Analogies

March 5, 2020, 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm


This is the keynote lecture for the “Citizenship at the Intersection” conference. Free and open to the public.

Dr. Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray (1910‐1985) was an American civil rights activist, lawyer, women’s rights activist, Episcopal priest, and author. As well as being a co‐founder in 1966 of the National Organization for Women (NOW), Reverend Murray was named coauthor on a 1971 Supreme Court brief by Ruth Bader Ginsberg. This talk argues that students of public argument and advocacy should recognize Murray as a significant theorist and practitioner of American legal rhetorics, especially Murray’s use of intersectonal analogies to make antidiscrimination law more capacious.

Presented by Isaac West, Associate Professor of Communication Studies at Vanderbilt University.

A reception follows the lecture.



UWM Curtin Hall, Room 175
3243 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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