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Upcoming RHCS Fall 2021 Courses 

RHCS 100-01: Public Speaking (M/W) 9:00-10:15 AM
RHCS 100-02: Public Speaking (T/R) 9:00-10:15 AM
RHCS 100-03: Public Speaking (T/R) 10:30-11:45 AM
RHCS 103: Rhetorical Theory (M/W) 12:00-1:15 PM
RHCS 104-01: Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (T/R) 9:00-10:15 AM
RHCS 104-02: Interpreting Rhetorical Texts (T/R) 10:30-11:45 AM
RHCS 105-01: Media, Culture and Identity (M/W) 3:00-4:15 PM
RHCS 105-02:  Media, Culture and Identity (M/W) 10:30-11:45 AM
RHCS 245: Introduction to Digital Humanities (M/W) 1:30-2:45 PM
RHCS 295: Propaganda and Democracy (T/R) 1:30-2:45 PM
RHCS 350: Rhetoric in a Globalized World  (T/R) 12:00-1:15 PM
RHCS 412-01 ST: Digital Humanities Workshop (M) 4:30-7:15 PM
RHCS 412-02 ST: Rhetorics in South Asia (M/W) 1:30-2:45 PM
RHCS 412-03 ST: Media Studies (M/W) 12:00-1:15 PM 

Course Descriptions

RHCS 295: “Propaganda and Democracy”-Dr. Achter
Combines methods from the digital humanities and the rhetorical tradition to analyze Russia’s computational propaganda campaign in the 2016 presidential U.S. election. Course readings and lectures address three basic questions: (how) does digital propaganda work? (how) can I tell what’s propaganda and what’s not? (how) can I avoid becoming part of a network of propaganda,  culture of demagogues? Answers to such questions can help us grow as scholars and as participants in our rhetorical communities. 

RHCS 412-01 ST: “Digital Humanities Workshop”- Dr. Tilton
The Digital Humanities Workshop is a space where we experiment, design, and create with the aim of developing a collaborative, digital humanities project for the public. Participants in the course work together to conceptualize and create a DH project that facilitates the goals of the partner organization(s). The course will focus on:

  • Identifying project goals and audiences, with attention to best practices from the public humanities 
  • Creating, aggregating, and organizing the necessary data 
  • Learning about and applying the appropriate DH methods (ex. spatial analysis or text analysis)
  • Building the project using the appropriate technologies
  • Developing a communication strategy to share the project with appropriate audiences 

By the end of the course, the project team will build an initial version of the project. 

The partner organization for 2021-2022 is the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History (NMAH). We will be working with Shannon Perich, Curator of the Photographic History Collection.   

RHCS 412:-02 ST: “Rhetorics in South Asia”- Dr. Mifsud
In this seminar we will survey the rhetorical milieu of South Asia. Drawing from decolonial feminist comparative rhetorical studies, we will read ancient epic texts, including Mahabharata and Ramayana, to learn some of the stories and myths that have historically coordinated South Asia. We will read as well ancient shastras, like Kautilya’s Arthashastra to learn of the rhetorical systems organizing the the early, and continuing, Hindu empire. We will study contemporary theories of culture arising from South Asian perspectives, including writings of Gayatri Spivak, Homi Bhabha, Arundhati Roy. In addition, we will study contemporary rhetorics of social movements in South Asia, such as legal and cultural movements related to the ending of the caste system, the partition of India and Pakistan, justice movements led by Gandhii, and at large South Asian struggles with nationalism, colonialism, and capitalism. 

RHCS 412:-03 ST: “Media Studies" - Dr. Cho
How does media construct racial and ethnic difference? What kinds of racialized logics and ideologies are embedded in media representations? This course takes an interdisciplinary approach to these questions, relying on humanistic social science inquiry to study race, ethnicity, and mass media. By foregrounding the history and experiences of marginalized groups in the US, we will examine the context – historical, socio-political, and cultural – in which these representations are produced, disseminated, interpreted, and contested. An important part of our exploration this semester is studying media texts themselves to gain the necessary tools to critically consume the dominant racial and ethnic representations in media. We also question how media producers and audiences create meaning and space for alternative discourse through ethnic media, independent media, and digital media. Along the way, we will incorporate intersectional identities, such as gender, sexuality, class, age, ability, immigration status, and language, into our discussions to better understand how they inform media production and consumption.