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Rhetoric, New Media, & Deliberative Democracy

The CDD's inaugural project featured lectures by a number of leading scholars in several disciplines concerned with rhetoric, new media, and/or deliberative democracy.

In cooperation with the Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the College of Liberal Arts at Penn State, the CDD's first project was a series of lectures by a distinguished interdisciplinary group of scholars on the theme "Rhetoric, New Media, and Deliberative Democracy."  The series began on November 3, 2006 with a talk by Cynthia Selfe, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at The Ohio State University.  Selfe's talk, entitled "The Movement of Air, The Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing," explored the role of "aural composing modalities" (speech, music, sound) in the theory and pedagogy of composition studies.  The second distinguished scholar in the series, political scientist Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennyslvania, spoke on February 2, 2007.  His lecture, which focused on how young people think about politics and civic engagement, was entitled "Talking Politics, Discursive Participation and Democratic Deliberation in the United States."  Finally, Barbara Warnick, chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh, spoke at Penn State on March 9, 2007.  Her talk, which focused on the role of political websites in the 2004 presidential campaign, was entitled "Interactivity on Political Campaign Websites."


Cynthia Selfe, Distinguished Professor of Humanities at the Ohio State University 
The Movement of Air, The Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal Composing 
November 3, 2006

Michael X. Delli Carpini, Dean of the Annenbery School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania 
Talking Politics, Discursive Participation, and Democratic Deliberation in the United States 
February 2, 2007

Barbara Warnick, Chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Pittsburgh 
Interactivity on Political Campaign Websites 
March 9, 2007