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January 18, 2013

Garth Pauley

"Rituals of Democracy: Inaugural Addresses in American History"

Underwrittenby the I.C.N. Foundation

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Garth PauleyGarth Pauley is a professor of Communication Arts and Sciences at Calvin College and teaches American oratory.  He specializes in the area of the rhetoric of the American civil rights movement, American political rhetoric on civil rights issues, and colonial era American sermons.  Pauley earned his Ph.D. from Penn State and is a past recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Communication Association's Karl Wallace Memorial Award. He has been the associate editor of American Communication Journal since 2005.   He will speak to our audience on the topic of presidential speeches just days prior to the 2013 Presidential Inauguration.


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Read a profile of Garth Pauley on Calvin News and Stories



Communications Arts and Sciences at Calvin College


BA, speech communication and economics, Trinity University, 1993; MA, speech communication, Texas A&M University, 1995; PhD, speech communication, Pennsylvania State University, 1999

Research interests

• Protest rhetoric employed by leaders of the civil rights movement.
• Significant sermons in American history

Selected publications

LBJ's American Promise Texas A&M University Press (2007).

Little-known fact

In high school and in college he repossessed cars.