Lawrance Bernabo Ph.D

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Professional Title
Assistant Professor


Ph.D., University of Iowa, Communication Studies, 1990
M.A., University of New Mexico, Speech Communication, 1980
B.A., University of New Mexico, History & Political Science, 1977

Personal Statement

My training is primarily in the relationship between rhetoric and social theory, but I ended up in the field of Communication because it allows me to look critically at not just history and politics but also literature, mass media, popular culture, and pretty much anything else I want. All of my courses boil down to being able to think critically and argue accordingly. I have season tickets to the Vikings, review theatre productions for the local paper, collect baseball cards and Buffy the Vampire Slayer stuff, and watch more television and movies than anybody you have ever met in your entire life.

Courses Taught

COMM 1010 - Persuasion
COMM 1112 - Public Speaking
COMM 1222 - Interpersonal Communication
COMM 1500 - Media and Society 
COMM 1511 - Honors Public Speaking
COMM 1600 - Argumentation and Debate: A Practical Approach 
COMM 3115 - Persuasion and Argumentation in Public Speaking
COMM 3515 - Communication and Popular Culture
COMM 3612 - Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 3615 - Analysis of Public Discourse