Andrew Evans applied rhetorical criticism methods to the key speeches and comments related to the 1963 desegregation: Gov. George Wallace's comments while blocking the black students' registration, Pres. John F. Kennedy's national address on Civil Rights the evening of UA's desegregation, and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court that were pivotal in pushing schools like Alabama to finally admit black students.
Jordan Morris examined two speechs Gov. George Wallace gave in 1963: at his inauguration and in the schoolhouse door, applying frameworks from social movement rhetoric. He found that Wallace, instead of being a voice of "control" within the showdown, actually adopted rhetorical strategies of "agitation."
Rhetoric of Social Change in Newspaper Coverage
Taylor McDonald accessed archival news coverage of the 1963 desegregation events, analyzing coverage as part of an overall narrative being told to the nation -- indeed, to the world, about the events on our campus.
Christina Zalaba conducted a media framing study of the 2013 controversy over UA sororities not admitting black women during formal recruitment. Christina applied visual and textual analysis to the breaking news story, identifying trends in coverage.