Posted by Mary Wimberley on 1999-04-20

Six Samford University communication students were chosen to present papers representing various types of rhetorical criticism at the joint meeting of the Southern and Central Speech Communication Association in St. Louis, Mo., April 8-11. The papers were competitively accepted from submissions from colleges throughout the South and Midwest.

Samford senior Nathan Lott's paper was judged best at the conference. His topic was "Bill Clinton and the Art of Rhetorical Blameshifting." Lott is from Tyrone, Ga.

Other participants and their paper topics were:

    Emily Adams of Conyers, Ga., "A Narrative Analysis of Dar Williams' 'Traveling Again.'"

    Jenn Burgess of Memphis, Tenn., "A Dip into Oblivion: A Feminist Analysis of Ally McBeal."

    Megan Shackleford of Bradenton, Fla., "A Feminist Criticism of a Glamour Article."

    Lesley Vinzant of Vestavia Hills, "Ally McBeal and the Post-Feminist Movement."

    Jason Zinn of Knoxville, Tenn., "A Narrative Critique of Dave Matthews' 'Recently.'"

Public presentations of the papers were followed by detailed critiques by nationally known communication scholars.

Michael Janas and Amanda Borden of Samford's Speech Communication and Theatre department attended the conference with the students.


Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.