For release: September 20, 2012
For press information, contact Dr. Aram Goudsouzian, 901-678-2520
Karlyn Campbell, professor of communication studies at the University of Minnesota,
will deliver a timely lecture at the University of Memphis about presidential politics
and the growth of executive power. She will discuss “Partisanship and the Presidency”
Thursday, Sept. 27, in the University Centre Theatre. A reception will begin at 6
p.m., followed by the lecture and book signing at 6:30.
Sponsored by the Marcus W. Orr Center for the Humanities, the event is free and open
to the public. Parking is available in the nearby Zach Curlin Garage.
Campbell will discuss the presidency and modern military engagements, from Korea and
Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan. She will explain how the power of the presidency
has ballooned through military intervention. Campbell will also look forward, examining
how these issues are influencing 2012 presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt
The author or editor of eight books, including Deeds Done in Words: Presidential Rhetoric and the Genres of Governance, Campbell is a recipient of the
Distinguished Scholar Award from the National Communication Association.
“Partisanship and the Presidency” is the keynote lecture for the “On Civic Learning”
public address conference sponsored by the Department of Communication. The conference,
now in its 13th year, will run Sept. 27-29. A second conference event is also open to the public;
“A Truth-telling Woman,” about journalist Ida B. Wells, will be presented at 4:30
p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in Room 250 of the Art and Communication Building, 3715 Central
The Marcus Orr Center is dedicated to bringing together students, graduates, faculty,
and the broader Memphis community for events that promote richer, deeper conversations
about significant issues. More information about this event or other programs of the
Marcus Orr Center is available online at www.memphis.edu/moch or from Dr. Aram Goudsouzian via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 901-678-2520.