Over the course of the past few months the CRDM blog periodically featured a Q + A with one of our outstanding faculty members. We take classes with them and work with them on scholarly projects, but now we’d like to learn more about what else they’re doing. We’ve talked with David Rieder, Jessica Jameson, Chris Anson, Matt May, David Berube, Susan Katz, Maria Pramaggiore, Susan Miller-Cochran, Robert Schrag, Carolyn R. Miller, Brad Mehlenbacher, R. Michael Young, Jason Swarts, Adriana de Souza e Silva, Elizabeth Craig, and Andrew Binder, and we recently caught up with Victoria Gallagher, Professor of Communication and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Graduate Studies for NCSU’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHASS):
What are you reading?
So much to read, so little time!
Scholarship: Bradford Vivian’s Public Forgetting: The Rhetoric of Politics and Beginning Again
Historical: David McCullough’s Mornings on Horseback: The Story of an Extraordinary Family, a Vanished Way of Life, and the Unique Child Who Became Theodore Roosevelt (talk about a long title!)
Aspen Institute Deans Seminar (Citizenship in the American and Global Polity) Reading List: Declaration of Independence, Preamble to the Constitution, selections from the founding fathers, selections from Lincoln, Plato, Aristotle, Confucius, Hobbes, Rousseau, Thucydides, Macchiavelli, Dewey, Robert Bellah, MLK Jr., Ella Baker, Fareed Zakaria, Reagan, Obama, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Aung San Suu Kyi.
Administrative: Annual reports, program proposals, etc. and Barbie Zelizer’s edited collection: Making the University Matter.
NC State’s Common Reading Book: Rye Barcott’s It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine’s Path to Peace.
What classes are you teaching?
Given my duties as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the college, I am currently not teaching any seminars but I am conducting readings courses with individual doctoral students from time to time. Topics for the most recent of these include: visual and material rhetoric, memory in rhetorical and media studies, theories of the public.
What are you writing about?
Visual Wellbeing, a theoretical and critical framework I, and several of my former doctoral students have developed.
Rhetoric and Commemorative practices
Rhetoric and Public Art/Art in Public Spaces
Urban Communication and the Rhetoric of Space/Place
What are you listening to?
Jack Johnson (great summer music!)
Adelle (sometimes you just got to let it all out)
What are you watching?
Films: The Bourne trilogy
TV: Masterpiece Mysteries, particularly the new Sherlock Holmes series (set in the contemporary moment).