Speech 31: Rhetoric of Social Justice: Public Advocacy and Social Justice Movements

“Arab Spring,” “Umbrella Movement,” “Idle No More,” “Standing Rock,” “Black Lives Matter,” and other contemporary social movements in the US and around the world bear strong resemblance to those in the past in that social protests have been, and continue to be, definitively rhetorical. This course focuses on theorizing the relationship between rhetoric and social movements from a historical and contemporary perspective. Our focal point will be rights-based campaigns of movements seeking socio-political legitimacy and equality. This course will also explore the pivotal role strategic communication plays in effective advocacy. We will track the common rhetorical appeals deployed in selected social movement manifestos, analyze the roles of digital space for social change, evaluate the lives and works of public advocates, and jointly draft intervention proposals on urgent public matters. 

No prerequisites. Limited enrollment.

Instructor: Ogunfeyimi.

Distributive: ART

World Culture: CI

Offered: X17: 2A

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