“What fresh hell is this?” ~Dorothy Parker
I believe in rhetoric, the nuanced-nitty-gritty-under-a-microscope-situated-practice of shaping common sense through language.
My research investigates the role of style in U.S. political culture, from Trump’s #wordsalad to Beyonce’s “Formation.” My research interests intersect with the courses teach that I teach in public speaking, rhetoric, speech, media, and interpersonal communication.
I want the world to mince its words. I want a classroom so full of energy that other people ask us to quiet down. I want everyone to speak now, never hold their peace.
Unquestionably do I support the mission of public education as an increasingly uncommon common good.
There’s more but that’s why I made a website. Go click on things!
A message to my students during COVID-19
I imagine that the initial thrill (both bad and good) of the shelter-in-place order has worn off by now. You may be experiencing loneliness, regret, nostalgia, disappointment…some of you worse, some of you better. Know that I am here for you if you need me and there’s not one of you I don’t believe can get through this. You know how to reach me. I will be here. Take care of yourselves and each other. ~l