Three classes of communication studies majors recently visited Washington, D.C. to explore monuments, media, and cultural communication.
The “Rhetorical Criticism” class walked the monuments (WWII, Lincoln, Vietnam War, Korean War, Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King) with Dr. Paula Youra and discussed the history of each memorial, the construction of public memory, and the rhetorical conversation between all of the monuments.
“Seeing the memorials in person provides for a three-dimensional analysis of commemorative messages. You can’t get that from a picture,” Sami Sharkey ’15 said.
“Ongoing discussion and reflection of each memorial makes for a dynamic learning experience,” Nigel Wood ’14 said.
The “Introduction to Media Writing” class visited the Newseum, where high-tech is blended with historical information. Professor Agatha Rule experienced five centuries of news history with hands-on exhibits.
The “Intercultural Communication” class taught by Dr. Candace Todd visited the National Museum of the American Indian to learn more about the cultures of the first peoples in America, as well as their unique abilities to communicate interculturally.
“The opportunity to share my own passion for this learning experience with my students is uniquely rewarding for me,” Dr. Todd said.
“The museum was an awesome experience where I could explore multiple Native American cultures from hundreds of perspectives,” Eme Gwynn ’15 said.
“Getting to experience NMAI was eye opening because it allowed me to see how much of the world I often fail to think about every day. There are so many cultures all around us each with their own past and experience that we don’t learn about in history class. I was never aware that there were that many known tribes and how many were still in existence. It’s not always about the art or the cultures’ struggles through history; sometimes it is just about the people and learning their way of life,” Stephanie Rose ’14 said.