Department of Communication
13th Biennial Public Address Conference
Angela Ray

RayAngela G. Ray is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University. She studies and teaches rhetorical criticism and history, U.S. public address, and women's public advocacy. Her scholarship has appeared in Argumentation and Advocacy, the Journal of Cultural Geography, Names, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, the Review of Communication, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Women's Studies in Communication. She has also contributed essays to various volumes, including The Oxford Handbook of Rhetorical Studies and The Sage Handbook of Rhetorical Studies. Her 2005 book, The Lyceum and Public Culture in the Nineteenth-Century United States, examines the development of the U.S. popular lecture circuit and its connections with the formation of national identity and the propagation of social reform. This book won major awards from the National Communication Association, NCA's Public Address Division, the Rhetoric Society of America, and the American Forensic Association. Currently she is continuing her study of nineteenth-century lecturing, debating, and other educational practices. Her most recent work investigates the integration of international themes in nineteenth-century lyceum discourse. For example, in an essay published in Exploring Argumentative Contexts (Amsterdam, 2012), she shows how Frederick Douglass, in a commercial lecture in the late 1860s, deployed sixteenth-century Dutch history as a way of generating public memory of Abraham Lincoln and the U.S. Civil War. Further, as the 2012 chair of NCA's Public Address Division, Ray is editing a monthly online conversation series, Vibrant Voices of Public Address, in which scholars reflect on their approaches to teaching and research.

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