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Mary Anne Trasciatti

Associate Professor of Rhetoric


Degrees

PHD, 1999, Univ Maryland; MA, 1991, Emerson Coll; BA, 1985, Providence Coll


Bio

Mary Anne Trasciatti is Associate Professor in the Department of Rhetoric. She is drawn to the discipline of rhetoric for its power to generate knowledge and create community as well as its usefulness as a resource for social advocacy. She teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including history of rhetoric, persuasion, public address, women’s studies, and labor studies. Her current scholarly, creative, and activist work comprises three ventures: 1) A book about the free speech work of labor organizer Elizabeth Gurley Flynn that illuminates how early twentieth-century radicals created and used public space to advocate for economic justice; 2) An oral history project to record, preserve, and represent stories about Superstorm Sandy as narrated by residents of the barrier island coastal community of Long Beach, NY; and 3) A campaign to remember the 146 victims (mostly young Italian and Jewish immigrant women and girls) of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire in New York City and the resulting movement for workers’ rights and safety with a permanent public art memorial.


Teaching Interests

History of rhetoric, public address, persuasion, women's studies.

Research Interests

radical rhetoric, public space and public expression, historical commemoration

Recent Courses Taught

Course Title Level
IDP 190 SENIOR PROJECT Undergraduate
RHET 005 HISTORIES AND THEORIES OF RHET Undergraduate
RHET 007 (CP) PUBLIC SPEAKING Undergraduate
RHET 059 RHETORIC & POPULAR CULTURE Undergraduate
RHET 128 AMERICAN PUBLIC ADDRESS Undergraduate
RHET 150 INDEPENDENT STUDY/READINGS Undergraduate
RHET 160 VISUAL RHETORIC Undergraduate
RHET 222 RHETORICAL & POPULAR CULTURE Graduate
RHET 282 SPORTS, MEDIA, & SOCIETY Graduate
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