Larry Lambert is the graduate program coordinator. In his teaching, Lambert focuses on engaging student knowledge and expectations, while helping them create their own knowledge about the discourses and varieties of communication that structure our society and constitute our identities, aspirations, relationships, and myriad other elements of our material, intellectual lives. His scholarship investigates nineteenth-century American rhetoric that promoted and critiqued technology, and the impact of this discourse on the construction of American identity. His dissertation, titled Invoking the Machine: The Rhetorical Appeal to Machine Technology in American Whig Discourse, is an analysis of the discursive nature of this political and cultural movement and how it
Larry Lambert, Ph.D.
shaped the technological identity that is such a strong part of American identity. An essay titled "Naturalizing Technology in Late Nineteenth Century America: An Aesthetic of Excess Meaning in the Paintings of J. Alden Weir," published in the American Communication Journal (http://www.ac-journal.org/?page_id=162), focuses on how this technological identity was manifested and critiqued in technologically-oriented landscapes by American painters of the late nineteenth century. Other papers on the rhetoric of American technological and artistic identity have been recognized at National Communication Association conventions, where in recent years one paper was presented with a Top Paper award and another presented on a Top Papers panel.
- Ph.D., 2001, Communication and Culture, Indiana University Bloomington.
American Public Address
Rhetoric of Technology
Nineteenth Century Discourse
Hermeneutics and Critical Theory
Rhetoric of the Fine Arts.
Technology and its cultural impact
19th century American history
Philosophy and cultural critique
Graphic novels and comix
Participating in the IU Alumni Association
Courses Taught at IUSB:
- SPCH S205 Introduction to Speech Communication
- SPCH S223 Business and Professional Communication
- SPCH S229 Discussion and Group Methods
- SPCH S321 Rhetoric and Modern Discourse
- SPCH S324 Persuasion
- SPCH S336 Current Topics in Communication (vt: Underground Comix in 1960s American Culture).
- SPCH S380 Nonverbal Communication
- SPCH S440 Organizational Communication
- SPCH S500 Introduction to Graduate Study and Research