Public Memory in Communication and Culture

R355 — Fall 2019

Cynthia Duquette Smith
Days and Times
11:15a - 12:30p TR (3 CR)
Course Description

This course takes a rhetorical perspective on the contest­ed nature of public mem­ory in the United States. It directly supports the Fall 2019 Themester Theme: Remembering and For­getting. R355 will examine 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, and the world? What are the consequences for all of us of these public memories? We’ll examine the persuasive techniques of various media of memory such as museums, popular film, memorials, living history museums, children’s toys and collectibles, television, tourist souvenirs, and more!

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