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Mary E. Stuckey Delivers Kenneth Burke Lecture

Mary E. Stuckey Delivers Kenneth Burke Lecture

Mary Stuckey Presents "The Art of Anger in US Presidential Elections" (Photo: Jarid Waniger)

On March 31st, the Center for Democratic Deliberation hosted the 24th annual Kenneth Burke Lecture. Mary E. Stuckey, Professor of Communication at Georgia State University, presented “The Art of Anger in U.S. Presidential Elections.” In her talk, Stuckey highlighted the way that anger has been used productively—and dangerously—in presidential campaigns; she focused in particular on the campaigns of Franklin Roosevelt, Barry Goldwater, and Donald Trump. Stuckey not only highlighted how anger can inspire confidence in voters because an angry candidate’s passion is obvious, but she also called attention to the vacuum anger can create, wherein voters’ emotions are heightened but there is no policy to support as an alternative to that anger.

Birkle Student Engagement Award Presented

Birkle Student Engagement Award Presented

Barry Bram, Special Assistant to the Vice President for Student Affairs (left), with Emily McDonald and CDD Director Debra Hawhee. (Photo: Jarid Waniger)

Each year, the Center for Democratic Deliberation awards the Nancy and Joseph Birkle Student Engagement Award, established through the generosity of Gretchen A. Birkle. The award goes to at least two students in the College of Liberal Arts who have made significant contributions to public deliberation.

This year, the CDD awarded three awards. Jessica A. Kurr, Jeremy D. Johnson, and Jordan Todd won the Birkle Award for their work with the Penn State Debate Society. Emily McDonald won the award for her efforts to collaborate with student governments across Pennsylvania during her term as President of the University Park Undergraduate Association. Nathan Larkin won the Birkle Award for his work with Fossil Free PSU.

Read more about the award and this year's winners here.


Rhetoric & Civic Life Hosts Deliberation Nation

Earlier this month, students from Rhetoric & Civic Life (RCL) courses held more than 50 public deliberations on topics ranging from diversity on campus to the funding of presidential campaigns. 

To read more about RCL and Deliberation Nation, check out Penn State News' feature here.