Recent Graduate Courses
Storytelling as Rhetorical Method, Process, & Product (fall 2019, fall 2022)
Rhetorics of Public Memory (spring 2020)
Qualitative Methods: Embodied Knowledge (fall 2020)
Rhetoric and Civic Discourse (spring 2018, spring 2022)
Recent Undergraduate Courses
Senior Capstone: Rhetorics of Public Memory (spring 2023)
Our senior capstone is a convergence of key skills as students put into action what they've learned regarding theory, methodology, method, analysis, and writing for a variety of audiences. Students prepare their own research notebooks, which track their readings, primary research, and analysis over the semester. Two projects require thinking about memory in different ways:
For the Public Memory Project (PMP), students choose a site in Laramie and analyze it as rhetorically situated and designed, then present their analysis in multiple ways and to multiple audiences: podcasts for the general public, a poster presentation for academic audiences, and a walking tour for local visitors.
For the Final Design Project (FDP), students receive a fictitious-yet-realistic Call for Proposals for a new local site of public memory. In response, they create a basic sketch along with a brief descriptive essay as their individual applications (similar to the scale and scope of Maya Lin's design for the Vietnam Memorial). Application packages are anonymous. Once the packages are submitted, class breaks into two review panels. Each panel uses the CFP to create a rubric for evaluating the proposals, provides feedback for their submissions, and chooses a finalist design from their pool. In our last class meeting, each panels presents a single chosen finalist. Through debate and negotiation, students come to consensus for a winning FDP design.
The FDP simulates the rhetoric of public memory from the creative perspective—looking forward and imagining how memory is enacted as material culture. Looking forward in the FDP balances with the looking back of the research-driven analytical PMP project.