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University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Faubus rhetoric examined during Oct. 1 lecture

Dr. Lisa Corrigan will present a lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1, in Dickinson Auditorium at UALR.

Orval Faubus  during Little Rock Nine protest

photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

The UALR English department, Cooper Honors Program, and Gender Studies Program are co-hosting the event, which is free and open to the public.

A reception, also free and open to the public, will precede the lecture at 5:30 p.m.

The lecture, “Orval Faubus and the Language of Segregation: Sexualized Violence and Racial Anxiety during the Little Rock Crisis,” uses the Orval Faubus Collection at the University of Arkansas to examine the rhetorical strategies embraced by the former Arkansas governor during the desegregation of Central High School.

In examining Faubus’ public speeches and private correspondence at the height of the desegregation crisis, Corrigan’s lecture will cover how he sought to control the rhetorical situation in Little Rock and how racial anxiety was articulated as sexual anxiety.

Dr. Corrigan teaches at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, where she is an assistant professor of communication, chair of the Gender Studies Program, and an affiliate faculty member in the African & African American Studies and the Latin American Studies programs.

She is currently working on a book about the prison writings of the Black Power Movement.

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Yoder, director of the Cooper Honors Program, at rpyoder@ualr.edu.