2020–2021: Dr. Raka Shome

On April 9, 2021, Dr. Raka Shome delivered the 2020-21 Rhetorical Leadership lecture, which she had titled “Cleaning the Nation:  National Purification, Contemporary Hindu Nationalism, and the Politics of Gender,” virtually using Microsoft Teams. Her lecture focused on the rhetorical … Continue Reading »

The Virtual Martin Luther King (vMLK) Project

On October 12, 2018, Dr. Victoria J. Gallagher presented the 2018-19 lecture “The Virtual Martin Luther King (vMLK) Project: Crafting a Necessary (Digital) Space to Explore Rhetorical Leadership and Civic Transformation,” complete with a virtual reality component assisted by UWM’s Campus Technology Support.… Continue Reading »

2015 Lecture: Jeremy Engels

The 2015 Rhetorical Leadership Lecture was presented by Associate Professor Jeremy Engels of Pennsylvania State University, who studies democracy with a particular interest in classical and contemporary practices of the care of the self. His talk is entitled, “The Rhetoric of Gratitude: From Debt to Freedom.”… Continue Reading »

2013-2014 Lecture: David Zarefsky

The 2014 (10th Anniversary) Rhetorical Leadership Lecture entitled “Abraham Lincoln’s Rhetorical Leadership” was presented in February of 2014 by Professor Emeritus David Zarefsky of Northwestern University. Professor Zarefsky is an internationally recognized expert in rhetoric, argument, public address, and presidential studies.… Continue Reading »

2011-2012 Lecture: Kirt H. Wilson

In October, Pennsylvania State University Associate Professor Kirt H. Wilson presented the 2011-12 Rhetorical Leadership Lecture entitled “Imitation, Leadership, and Violence: How to Understand Racial Hostilities After the Civil War.” In the lecture, Dr. Wilson analyzed the rhetoric surrounding the … Continue Reading »

2010-2011 Lecture

On March 11, 2011, Professor Catherine Palczewski, delivered the Rhetorical Leadership lecture “Taming Women’s Embodied Argument: The Transgressive Potential of Suffrage Advocates’ Body Argument and Social Responses of Recuperation.” She argued that, although the rhetorical enactment of political leadership by … Continue Reading »