Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric
Thursday and Friday, October 5-6, 2017
University of Arkansas


Rhetoric and Trauma: 1968 to 2018

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The Department of Communication at the University of Arkansas is hosting the Fall, 2017 meeting of the Southern Colloquium on Rhetoric (SCoR) on October 5th and 6th in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

This SCoR seminar focuses on the relationship between rhetoric and trauma to explore how political and rhetorical fields manage, produce, and ameliorate pain. With an eye towards 2018, which will see the fiftieth anniversaries of the My Lai Massacre, the Tet Offensive, Johnson’s decision not to seek reelection, the assassinations of both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert F. Kennedy, the riots at the DNC, the Kerner Commission Report, the Fair Housing Act, the election of Richard Nixon, and the launch of Apollo VII, this colloquium seeks to think through the contemporary rhetorical moment through the lens of 1968 to understand rhetorical and political similarities and differences as we understand trauma and memory. We will begin very broadly by considering Julian Zelizer’s piece from the Atlantic,
“Is America Repeating the Mistakes of 1968,” to contemplate how these twin political moments compare and to assess lessons from 1968 that are worth remembering in the contemporary period.

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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.