Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies

Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies

The RHCS curriculum analyzes and theorizes symbolic action across a variety of venues, including law, rhetoric, media, elective politics, history, resistance efforts, public memory, and relational dynamics.
Major & MinorCourses

Upcoming Courses for Fall 2024

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AI’s Ethical Categories: Are They the Same as Ours?

AI Lecture

April 2 | 4:30-6 p.m.

Jepson 118

Dr. Juraj Hvorecky, a Prague-based analytic philosopher and ethicist, presents some of the findings of research funded by the European Union in his lecture, which aims to support our understanding of how AI categories intersect with ethical thought in humans.

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Book Talk & Discussion

Staged News: The Federal Theatre Project’s Living Newspapers in New York

Thursday, October 12, 4-6 p.m. | Brown Alley Room, Weinstein Hall

In 1935, a group of journalists and theater artists embarked on an unusual collaboration. With funds from the Federal Theatre Project (FTP), a Depression-era employment initiative established by President Roosevelt’s New Deal, they set out to produce news for the theatrical stage. Over the next four years, the New York–based team created six productions, known as Living Newspapers.

In this talk, Jordana Cox, former UR postdoc, discussed her recent book, Staged News, which shows how Living Newspapers reimagined journalism and democratic participation in a changing news landscape. Then, turning to the present, she considered possibilities that emerge from resonances with contemporary live journalism and experimental performance. How do the conditions of performance reconfigure journalistic conventions like objectivity, eyewitness, and immediacy? What might theatrical techniques offer to people seeking more just and equitable ways to make and consume news?

4-5 p.m. Talk
5-6 p.m. Q&A

This event is sponsored by the Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies and the School of Arts & Sciences. 

Student Success

With its innovative bridging between an emphasis on critical/ethical thinking and a focus on the practical role of communication in public life, the Department of Rhetoric Communication Studies empowers students to find fulfilling careers and professional and educational experiences across a wide diversity of subjects. Our RHCS students have gone on from UR to make exciting, creative, and vital contributions to civic culture.

Lily Stevenson Awarded Dr. Juliette Landphair Award

Dr. Juliette Landphair Award for Dedication to the Awareness, Education, and Prevention of Sexual Misconduct: Meghana Nalamolu & Lily Stevenson

This award is named in honor of Dr. Juliette Landphair, who served as Dean of Westhampton College and Associate Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences for twelve years, from 2003-2015.  Dr. Landphair worked diligently to ensure that the University of Richmond upheld the values of a learning community in which all members felt physically and intellectually secure.  As part of these efforts, she successfully brought about awareness and education about sexual misconduct and dedicated herself to prevention programming and efforts.  The Landphair Award can be given to two seniors who care deeply about the issue of sexual misconduct and work tirelessly to advocate for those who have been affected, excelling in the development of sexual misconduct awareness through programs and movements.  Throughout their time here the recipients have taken a leadership role within one or more student organizations or peer programs whose goal was to work towards sexual misconduct awareness, education, and prevention.

Rhetoric student Lindsey Frank, '23, wins Female Athlete of the Year Award

Lacrosse & Field Hockey and Two Sport Atlantic 10 First Team All-Conference Player Lindsey Frank, '23, was named the 2023 Female Athlete of the Year at the RVA Sports Awards.

Frank exemplifies all the positive aspects of sport and has made a positive impact on the Richmond community in 2022. Congrats, Lindsey!

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Faculty Highlights

Dr. Timothy Barney
Barney Published

Timothy Barney, professor of rhetoric and communication studies, published “’The Angel of Sarbandan’: Ford Foundation Philanthropy, Transnational Development Rhetoric, and the Scalar Geopolitics of 1950s Iran” in Rhetoric & Public Affairs.

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Dr. Timothy Barney
Barney Published

Timothy Barney, professor of rhetoric and communication studies, published the chapter “The Post-Cold War American Presidency and the Rhetorical Invention of Václav Havel” in Beyond the Cold War: Presidential Rhetoric in Central and Eastern Europe.

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Dr. Lauren Craig Tilton
Tilton Promoted & Named Robins Professor

Lauren Tilton was promoted to professor of digital humanities and was appointed the E. Claiborne Robins Professor of Liberal Arts. Tilton specializes in analyzing, developing, and applying digital and computational methods to the study of 20th and 21st century documentary expression and visual culture.

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Dr. Timothy Barney
Barney Promoted

Timothy Barney was promoted to professor of rhetoric and communication studies. Barney specializes in the history, politics, rhetoric, and visual culture of the Cold War era, specifically cartography as visual rhetoric, Cold War and post-Cold War presidential rhetoric, and philanthropic development with a particular focus on small business loans to women.

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Contact Us

Mailing Address:
Department of Rhetoric & Communication Studies
402-C Weinstein Hall
231 Richmond Way
University of Richmond, VA 23173

Phone: (804) 289-8263
Fax: (804) 287-6496

Department Chair: Paul Achter
Academic Administrative Coordinator: Robin Mundle