Low Lecture to Focus on George Wallace



April 17, 2007 – “George Wallace: Populist Defender of the Working Class?” will be the topic of the Department of Communication’s annual Joseph H. Low Lecture April 25 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The lecture is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Glenn Auditorium of Dempster Hall.

Dr. Lloyd Rohler, professor of communication studies at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, will present the lecture. He is the author of Ralph Waldo Emerson: Preacher and Lecturer, George Wallace: Conservative Poulist, Great Speeches for Criticism and Analysis, and articles on political communication.

The Joseph H. Low, Jr., Lecture is made possible by a generous donation from Mrs. Mildred Low in honor of her late son who was a professor at Southeast from 1962 to 1998.  The lecture annually brings distinguished leaders and scholars in communication to the Southeast campus.

Dr. Joe Low spent his entire academic career in the Department of Speech Communication at Southeast.  He received his bachelor’s degree from Baker University.  He earned both his master’s degree and his doctorate from the University of Denver.  As a professor at Southeast, he served as assistant director of forensics, graduate studies advisor, interdisciplinary studies advisor, professor of mass communication and debate coach.  He developed and taught classes in public speaking, interpersonal communication, managerial communication and group discussion.

Low was heavily involved in homecoming and athletics.  As a booster, he was an ardent fan of the athletic teams at Southeast.  He also was actively involved in the community and was a long time member of the Rotary Club and a major supporter and fundraiser for St. Francis Hospital.  In 1998, Low retired and moved to Arizona. He passed away Jan. 10 in Tucson, Ariz.