2/10: Victoria J. Gallagher Visits WRD, Discusses vMLK Project


On Friday, February 10 from 1 to 2:30pm in McGowan South 105, Dr. Victoria J. Gallagher from North Carolina State University will be visiting DePaul and taking part in the Writing and Rhetoric Without Borders Speaker Series. Gallagher will be delivering a talk entitled, “The vMLK Project: Crafting a Necessary (Digital) Space to Explore Rhetoric and Civic Transformation.”


The Virtual Martin Luther King project is an immersive, ambient recreation, including sound and visual renderings, of a 1960 speech given by Martin Luther King, Jr. in Durham, NC of which no known recordings survive. This project challenges how we think about rhetoric, public address, and public memory, particularly the rhetorical tradition’s investment in the democratic and civic functions of discourse that influence public actions and beliefs.

In this talk, Dr. Gallagher will discuss some provocations and problems that arise from work undertaken at the juncture of rhetoric and digital humanities. Her goal is to extend the scholarly conversations in these areas by describing the ways that the vMLK project puts the digital humanities into practice, how rhetorical theory guides the production of this digital humanities project, and how the making of different digital projects might engage contemporary modes of civic life.

All students, faculty, staff, and alumni are welcome to attend!

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