Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric
Thursday, May 5, 2018
9:30-10:45 am
Studio 11 - Nashville Sheraton

Country Muses and Public Controversy: The 2017 CMA Awards and Gun Control

Thanks to program planners Kevin Marinelli and Lisa Corrigan, the Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric will, this year, mark its ninth year at the SSCA annual conference.

The theme for the Nashville convention is "Muses and Musings in the Music City," and the call includes this suggestion: "The state capital of Tennessee, Nashville bills itself as “Music City, USA” and its music industry is the second largest in the United States. There are countless opportunities to submit work in the area of music and communication from multiple interests and epistemological stances."
We have decided to focus the SCoR panel on an intersection between the music scene in Nashville and politics, specifically on the rhetoric surrounding the Country Music Association's decision in 2017 to try to avoid politics by regulating, in the wake of the mass shooting in Las Vegas, what could be said during the awards show about gun control. The strategy not only created a substantial rhetoric from prominent Nashville artists about gun control, it also created a substantial rhetoric about the effort to control rhetoric.

A distinguished group of scholars will open the conversation by providing short critical statements, after which, the floor will be open for discussion. In the tradition of SCoR seminars, this is intended to be a participation event rather than a spectator sport. Look at the suggested readings, find some of your own, and come prepared to join the conversation.

Dan Grano, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
Tom Lessl, University of Georgia
Roseann Mandzuik, University of North Texas
Sean O’Rourke, Sewanee: The University of the South
Lesli Pace – University of Louisiana, Monroe
Sam Perry - Baylor University
Antonio de Velasco, University of Memphis
Marilyn Young, Florida State University, emeritus

For readings, click on "Upcoming Events."

Fall, 2018

There has been a high level of interest in hosting SCoR seminars. In mid summer, Clarke Roundtree will be hosting one at the University of Alabama, Huntsville in conjunction with the annual conference of the Alabama Communication Association.
Click here for a preview. Other schools have expressed interest for fall. Stay tuned for future announcements.

SCoR seminars need not be complicated or difficult to host. They were originally conceived as an opportunity for overburdened faculty who may not always have time to stay abreast of literature and issues and less opportunity to discuss current trends and ideas with colleagues to get together for an afternoon and work through a common set of readings, often including an actual piece of discourse. The idea behind the seminars was to provide a forum to get some of the type of intellectual stimulation we used to get in grad school seminars. Requirements for hosting are: 1) a room to meet in that will accommodate four to twelve; 2) maybe some cookies and coffee and soft drinks; and 3) a set of readings. SCoR will provide support for publicizing the event and guidance on structure and extras you might want to add. Anyone interested should contact James Darsey at

For details on past seminars, click on "Past Events."

To be added to the e-mail list for SCoR, contact Evan Johnson. If you would like to host a SCoR seminar, contact James Darsey.