New speech elective offered at Clearwater

A new speech course elective, SPC 1631, “Voices of American Women,” will begin it’s first class in Spring 2020. The class, taught by Dr. Shirley Oakley, will meet on the Clearwater campus and will be a blended class.

This new course examines women’s public discourse in the United States during the 19th and 20th centuries, and discussions will focus on the social and cultural significance of women’s participation in public discourse, issues of credibility and the nature of arguments, both within and about women’s public address. The text From Megaphones to Microphones and other documents and media will be used to examine the historical content of speeches and the publics’ reactions to speeches. Since 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the woman’s vote (19th Amendment), this course is particularly timely. For more information, contact Dr. Oakley at

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