The following undergraduates will be presenting their research at the 22nd Annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference at St. Thomas. Congratulations!
Gabe Jensen, Senior, Communication Studies -- analyzes Bill Clinton's 2012 DNC address and how Clinton's persona as the "elder statesman" of the Democratic party worked to galvanize support behind President Obama's run for second term
Luwana Kotchian, Senior, Communication Studies -- compares Bill Clinton's rhetoric after the World Trade Center bombing and the Oklahoma City bombing to GWB's rhetoric following 9/11 and argues that the two different "war rhetoric" responses directly influenced how the U.S. public responded to the domestic attacks
Amina Maameri, Senior, Communication Studies -- analyzes Lincoln's First Inaugural and how Lincoln spoke to both the North and the South in his address. Amina also provides some excellent post-speech reaction from Northern and Southern newspapers.
Amy Marcus, Junior, Communication Studies -- examine's architect Philip Johnson's 1979 Pritzker Prize Address and how Johnson's speech is structured to "build up" the field of architecture and provide direction for its future.
Vishakha Mathur, Junior, Journalism with Communication Studies minor -- examines the 2011 Republican Primary Debate at the Reagan Library and how the candidates discuss the issue of immigration reform. Vishakha argues that the party's language excludes and others all immigrants, including those who are in the U.S. legally.
PaZong Thao, Junior, Communication Studies -- examines the collective discourse of U.S. officials and the Hmong community following the death of General Vang Pao in January 2011. PaZong has done tremendous archival research to document Pao's participation in the Vietnam War and in developing a cohesive community in Minnesota and California after he moved to the United States.