Wednesday 4:40-7:30 PM
This course focuses on how social movements use language and image to organize their membership, sustain political programs, and persuade varied stakeholders of the validity of their claims. Course participants analyze the rhetoric of movements related to free speech, Black Power, human rights, environmentalism, disability, and sexuality, articulating the differences as well as the intersections among these groupings. In addition to examining their strategies of persuasion, we consider how the movements influence scholarship and curricula in Rhetoric and Composition, emphasizing their impact on the field’s conversations about pedagogy, service, and institutional critique. The class thus posits a dynamic interface, rather than a strict dichotomy or one-way transmission, between disciplinary and public concerns.