Section 1: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00-9:50 PM

Professor: Mike Donnelly

In the 21st Century, the nature of public discussion has changed. Even what constitutes “public” discourse is itself a matter of some debate. In this course, we’ll explore various aspects of public discourse, primarily in contemporary U.S. culture but with reference to some historical and international contexts. We’ll examine both specific issues (immigration, the economy, race and gender, political campaigning, free speech) and specific arenas (television, talk radio, Facebook, blogs, Twitter).  Students will design and create their own website(s) and blogs, and choose one specific issue and arena to focus on in depth.