Communication and Culture | Rhetoric and Public Memory
C334 | 0150 | Cindy Smith


This course explores the contested nature of public memory in the
United States. It explores the nature of public memory, how it is
perpetuated in societies, how it is configured to privilege some
historical interpretations over others, and how it can be modified
over time. Museums, historic sites, and public commemorative art will
be the primary subjects of our analysis, but the course will also
examine the role of speeches and popular films in cultivating and
maintaining public memory.

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