Communication and Culture | Public Memory, Communication, and Culture
C355 | 2702 | Smith, C.

TuTh, 9:30 AM-10:45 AM, C2 203

Carries College Intensive Writing Credit
A portion of this class reserved for majors

Instructor: Cynthia Duquette Smith
Office: C2 221
Phone: 855-5307

This course takes a rhetorical perspective toward the exploration of
the contested nature of public memory in the United States. It
examines what public memory is, how it is perpetuated in societies,
how and why it is configured to privilege some historical
interpretations over others, and how it is modified over time.

Ultimately, this course asks the related questions: How do our
public memories shape us as American citizens? How do those memories
shape our relationship to ourselves, to others, to the state, the
nation, the world? What are the implications of the personae shaped
for us through public memory?

Together we’ll turn a critical eye toward the various media of
memory such as museums, popular film, memorials, living history,
children’s toys and collectibles, television, tourist souvenirs, and
much more.

Teaching Philosophy
Because I believe that responsibility for learning rests jointly
with students and professors, I promise to be prepared for class and
I expect you to be prepared as well. I will not lecture over things
I expect you to have read before you come to class. Your preparation
is critical to the success of this course. I encourage active
learning in class and value your thoughtful contributions, which is
why I expect you to prepare for each class session. The class
employs a variety of teaching and learning strategies, including
brief lectures, active discussions, and in-class activities and
analyses to assist you in understanding and applying course material.

This is an Intensive Writing (IW) course, and as such it requires…
intensive writing. Students will produce a number of short reading
response papers, two larger papers, and participate in a group
project with a substantial presentation component as well as
supporting written work. The class may or may not include exams in
the fall of 2009.