Barry Poyner, professor of communication, and junior communication major Ashleigh McDonald attended and presented papers at the Midwest Popular Culture and American Culture Association Conference in St. Louis, Oct. 18-21. These papers were a product of last spring’s COMM 385 Rhetorical Traditions class which focused on Midwestern oratory. Poyner’s paper is titled “A Proto-Theory for Understanding and Appreciating American Midwestern Public Address,” a version of which was recently published in the Journal of the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri. McDonald’s paper is titled “Pawnee and the Mythical Midwest.” The class will be offered again in the spring semester and is a required class in the communication studies emphasis.

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