|Tuesday, April 11th|
Logan Schmidt, Whitman College
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Our presentation focuses on the links between civic engagement, rhetoric, citizenship and incarcerated populations. Drawing from the works of Michelle Alexander, Angela Davis and Douglas Blackman as well as our personal experiences, we assess the state of our current prison system, outline the importance of prison reform and suggest models for improvement. Our personal experiences stem from our time in a “Rhetoric and Incarceration” course at the Washington State Penitentiary and from further findings from our independent study with Heather Hayes.
Kendra Winchester, Whitman College
2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
I evaluate photography, particularly in the ways it works as a distinct tier of visual rhetoric that motivates emotion in an audience. I do this through a still photograph from Ave DuVernay’s film, Selma. The use of body rhetoric within the still photograph allowed me to understand the culture constraints of blackness during the Civil Rights Movement and how those constraints were demolished while marching. I also use these parts to construct how photography from the Civil Rights Movement achieved its iconicity and power while also changing views of African Americans during this period.
Collin Faunt, Whitman College
2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
If he’s "#notyourpresident," whose president is he? "Political Campaign Rhetoric," a course I took in the midst of the presidential campaign leading to the election, led me to research why half of the American electorate voted for Donald Trump. My research focused specifically on voters from the working class who supported Trump and on the political climate that led to his election as president. My study was especially enlightening in the context of a liberal campus and the frustration of much of the student body. Understanding why voters elected Trump gave me a greater awareness and understanding of Republican views, a process that I will discuss in my presentation.
Hanna Greenberg, Whitman College
2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Over the past 20 years, mainstream magazines have featured dominant African American athletes depicted in a light that reinforces implicit racial biases. Through analysis of a 1996 Rolling Stone cover featuring Dennis Rodman, a 2002 Sports Illustrated cover featuring Charles Barkley, a 2008 Vogue cover featuring LeBron James and a 2010 Vanity Fair cover featuring Tiger Woods, we can see how photographers and publishers have the ability to shape meaning and a consequent discourse of their choice. These images influence the terministic screens through which viewers interpret their daily lives as well as depict racial biases which subsequently connect the black man to crime. I explore the notion of deep-rooted implicit readership bias and how photographers and publishers have the capability to reinforce the omnipresent fear of black men within white culture.