Distinguished Professor to Speak at Weis Lecture

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2003 ᾰ Professor James Andrews of Indiana University will present the annual Weis Lecture Oct. 22 at Southeast Missouri State University.

His presentation, titled “A World We Make: Rhetoric and Reality in America,” will examine the role of public address in history and contemporary affairs.

The Weis Lecture will be held at 7 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom and is sponsored by the Department of Communication. The presentation is open to the public and is free.

Dr. Glen Williams, Southeast associate professor of communication studies and middle and secondary education, who co-authored the book, Public Speaking: Connecting You and Your Audience, with Andrews and Dr. Patricia Hayes Andrews, said that it has been a couple of years since a major scholar has presented the Weis Lecture.

“Our speaker is a giant in the communication field, having won several of its most prestigious awards for his scholarship,” Williams said. “I have seen him speak on several occasions, and I always find him stimulating, as well as lively.”

Andrews is the author of numerous critical studies. His work has appeared in such scholarly journals as the Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Communication Education, Western Journal of Communication, Communication Quarterly and Communication Studies. He has published several essays in volumes of collected studies, is the author or co-author of seven books, and received the Winans-Wichelns Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Rhetoric and Public Address. He is a two-time winner of the American Forensic Association’s Award for Outstanding Research.

In 1993, he received the National Communication Association’s Douglas Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award. He was elected an NCA Distinguished Scholar in 2000. This year, he received the Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship from Ohio University. He is presently editing the first volume (colonial rhetoric) of A Rhetorical History of the United States, to be published by the Michigan State University Press. He serves on the editorial board of the Library of Presidential Rhetoric and will author a volume for that series on Andrew Jackson’s veto of the Bank Bill.

Andrews’ other research interests include the role of rhetoric in the formation of an “American” national identity, presidential rhetoric, American influences on radical rhetoric in Great Britain in the 19th century and rhetoric and imperialism.

For more information, contact Glen Williams at (573) 651-2493.