Linda D. Horwitz

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Associate Professor of Communication 

Specialization

Rhetorical Criticism
Rhetorical Theory
Feminist Argumentation
Pop Culture Criticism

Education

Northwestern University, Communication Studies, M.A. 1993, Ph.D. 1998.
Dissertation: Transforming Appearance into Rhetorical Argument: Rhetorical Criticism of Public Speeches of Barbara Jordan, Lucy Parsons, and Angela Y. Davis
Adviser: Thomas B. Farrell

Northwestern University, Women Studies, Graduate Certificate of Women Studies 1998.
Adviser: Micaela di Leonardo

University of Amsterdam, Discourse and Argumentation Studies, Visiting Scholar 1993.

Bates College, Rhetoric and Philosophy, Graduated with high honors, B.A. 1990.
Thesis: Earth First!: Strategies of Environmental Advocacy
Adviser: Robert J. Branham

University of California at Berkeley, Rhetoric and Philosophy, Summer Student 1989.

Antioch College, Buddhist Studies Program, Semester in India 1988.

Academic Appointments

Associate Professor, Communication.  Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 2009-present.

Assistant Professor, Communication.  Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL 2003-2009.
Full-time Instructor, Communication.  Loyola University, Chicago, IL 2000-2003.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Rhetoric and Communication.  Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 1998-2000.
Director of Debate.  Hamilton College, Clinton, NY 1998-2000.
Full-time Instructor, Rhetoric and Women’s Studies.  Bates College, Lewiston, ME 1995-1997.
Acting Director of Debate and Assistant Director of Debate.  Bates College, Lewiston, ME 1995-1997.
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Communication Studies.  Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 1991-1995.

Publications

Horwitz, Linda and Holly Swyers. “Why Are All the Presidents Men?: Televisual Presidents and Patriarchy” in You’ve Come a Long Way, Baby: Women, Politics, and Popular Culture, ed. Lilly J. Goren. Lexington: University of Kentucky, 2009.

Horwitz, Linda.  “Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?: The Doomsday Clock’s Iconic Life.” Proceedings of the 3rd Tokyo Conference on Argumentation, eds. Takeshi Suzuki, Takayuki Kato, and Aya Kubota.  Tokyo: Japan Debate Association, 2008.

Horwitz, Linda, Donna Kowal, and Catherine H. Palczewski.  “Women Anarchists and the Feminine Ideal: Voltairine de Cleyre, Emma Goldman, and Lucy Parsons.”  The Rhetoric of the Nineteenth Century Reform, eds. Martha Soloman Watson and Thomas Burkholder.  The Rhetorical History of the United States, volume 5.  East Lansing: Michigan State University Press, 2008.

Horwitz, Linda.  “Argument from Widowhood: A Capitulation to the Patriarchy or an Example of Feminist Argumentation.” Proceedings of the 12th NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, ed. Thomas A. Hollihan. Annadale, VA: Speech Communication Association, 2000.

Horwitz, Linda.  “Blocking the Enthymeme: Does it Unblock Identity Problems in Argumentation” Proceedings of the Fourth ISSA Conference on Argumentation, eds. Franz van Eemeren, Rob Grootendoorst, J. Anthony Blair and Charles Willard. Amsterdam: Sic Sat Press, 1999.

Horwitz, Linda.  “The Enthymeme as a Key to Rhetorical Fallacies.”  Analysis and Evaluation: Proceedings of the Third ISSA Conference on Argumentation, eds. Franz van Eemeren, Rob Grootendoorst, J. Anthony Blair and Charles Willard. Amsterdam: Sic Sat Press, 1995.

Book Review

Horwitz, Linda.  Review of Rhiannon Bury, Cyberspaces of Their Own: Female Fandoms Online.  Journal of New Media and Society 8 (Dec 2006): 1044-45.

Conference Publications and Responses

“Does Anyone Really Know What Time It Is?: The Doomsday Clock’s Iconic Life.”  The 3rd Tokyo Conference on Argumentation, Tokyo, Japan.  August 2008.

“From Fantasy Sports to Fantasy Congress: Shifting Terrains and Values of Spectatorship.”  With Holly Swyers.  Central States Anthropological Society Annual Meeting, Indianapolis, IN.  March 2008.

Respondent, “Third Wave Feminism and Communication.”  The National Communication Association Conference (NCA), Chicago, IL.  November 2007.

“As the Centuries Turn: Sports as Training Ground for Manhood.”  With Holly Swyers.  Midwest American Studies Association/Popular Culture Association Conference, Kansas City, MO.  October 2007.

Respondent, “Popular Culture and Feminism.”  American Political Science Association, Chicago, IL. September 2007.

“Be a Fucking Good Sport.”  Obscenity: An Interdisciplinary Discussion, The University of Iowa Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, Iowa City, IA.  March 2007.

“Reading Winnie Mandela as a Rhetorical Widow.”  The NCA Conference, San Antonio, TX.  November 2006.

“Why are All the Presidents Men? A Feminist Critique of the West Wing.”  American Political Science Association, Philadelphia, PA.  September 2006.

“Questioning Truth with Nietzsche.”  Association for Core Texts and Courses Conference, Chicago, IL.  April 2006.

“Why are All the Presidents Men? A Feminist Critique of the West Wing.”  Western Communications Association Conference, San Francisco, CA.  February 2005.

“Self-representation as a Self-defense: Angela Y. Davis’ Opening Statement for the Defense.”  The NCA Conference, Chicago, IL.  November 2004.

“Self Objectification: Oxymoron or Just Moronic.”  The NCA Conference, Chicago, IL.  November 2004.

“Musicals are Torture, but are they Rhetorical?”  Popular Culture Association/ American Culture Association National Convention, San Antonio, TX.  April 2004.

“Re-Reading Wonder Woman.”  The Third Biennial International Feminism(s) and Rhetoric(s) Conference, Millikin University, Decatur, IL.  October 2001.

“Women Using Traditional Gender Roles as a Rhetorical Strategy.”  The NCA Conference, New York, NY.  November 2000.

“George Washington’s First Inaugural Address: A Lesson in Presidential Ethos.”  The NCA Conference, Chicago, IL.  November 1999.

“Widowhood as Rhetorical Ethos.”  The Rhetoric(s) and Feminism(s) Conference, Minneapolis, MN.  October 1999.

“Argument from Widowhood: A Capitulation to the Patriarchy or an Example of Feminist Argumentation.”  The 12th NCA/AFA Conference on Argumentation, Alta, UT.  July 1999.

“Anarchism Enacted (or Performed): Race, Class, Ethnicity, and Gender in the Rhetorical Style of 19th Century Anarchists.”  The NCA Conference, New York, NY.  November 1998.

“Queering an Icon.”  The NCA Conference, New York, NY.  November 1998.

“Celebrating the Life and Work of Robert J. Branham.”  The NCA Conference, New York, NY.  November 1998.

“Implicit and Explicit Enactment as Barbara Jordan’s Response to the Keynoter’s Dilemma.”  The National Communication Association Doctoral Honors Conference, Evanston, IL.  July 1998.

“Blocking the Enthymeme: Does it Unblock Identity Problems in Argumentation?”  The 4th International Conference on Argumentation, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  June 1998.

“Lucy Parsons: Silenced But Not Silent.”  The University of Illinois at Chicago Institute for the Humanities Graduate Student Conference, Chicago, IL.  February 1998.

“Celluloid Speeches: Re/Presentation of Actual Public Addresses in Film.”  The NCA Conference, Chicago, IL.  November 1997.

“Barbara Jordan: An African American Woman Rhetor, Not a Disembodied Voice.”  The Speech Communication Association Conference, San Diego, CA.  November 1996.

“Transformations of Race and Gender in Lucy Parsons’ Rhetoric.”  The Speech Communication Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.  November 1995.

“Navigating the Post-Modern River.”  The Speech Communication Association Conference, San Antonio, TX.  November 1995.

“Abraham Lincoln the Orator as Theoretician: An Examination of Textual Authority.”  The Speech Communication Association Conference, New Orleans, LA.  November 1994

“The Enthymeme as a Key to Rhetorical Fallacies.”  The 3rd International Argumentation Conference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.  June 1994.

“Women and Activism in the Nineties.”  The Radical Scholars and Activism Conference at Loyola University, Chicago, IL.  October 1993.

“The ‘Radical’ Gay and Lesbian Movement as Habermas’ New Social Movement.”  The Speech Communication Association Conference, Chicago, IL.  November 1992.

“Separatism as a Rhetorical Strategy.”  The Eastern Communication Association Conference, Portland, ME.  May 1992.

Invited Lectures and Appearances Outside of Lake Forest College

“The Rhetorical Dimension of Art,” The Chicago Arts Program, ACM Colleges, Chicago, IL.  March 2006, October 2005, and December 2004.

“If These Walls Were Still Talking: The State of Abortion Laws in the United States,” Lakefront Board of Personal PAC Teaching Series, Highland Park, IL.  February 2006.

“Rhetoric of Elections,” Quest Program on Ethics in Elections, College of Lake County, Vernon Hills, IL.  October 2004 and June 2004.

Expert Commentary on the First Presidential Debate, ABC Morning Show, Chicago, IL.  October 2004.

“Debate as a Pedagogical Tool,” Shared Text Project, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago, IL.  August 2002.

“Why WAC Failed:  A Case Study on Women’s Organizations,” Dr. Caitrin Lynch’s Women’s Studies Seminar, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL.  March 2001.

“Widowhood as Rhetorical Ethos,” The Kirkland Project for the Study of Gender, Society, and Culture, Brown Bag Series, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY.  October 1999.

“Feminist Rhetorical Criticism,” Thomas B. Farrell’s graduate seminar on Rhetorical Criticism, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL.  May 1999.

“Remembering May Day: Lucy Parsons,” Public lecture at the Autonomous Zone (anarchist collective), Chicago, IL.  April 1998.

Invited Lectures and Appearances at Lake Forest College

“What’s at stake in the Election?” Gates Center for Leadership, October 2008

“Should the US reduce the Drinking age?”  Speaker of the House for British National Team Debate.  October 2008.

“My Coming Out Story” PRIDE, October 2008

“Presidential Debate Panel” Lake Forest College, October 2008.

“Why Value Your Lake Forest College Education,” Moderator for the Lake Forest College 2008 YouTube Debate, Student Symposium Opening Event.  April 2008.

“On Being Out and Proud,” Lake Forest College Ally Program Panel.  March 2008. 

“Ask a Lesbian a Question,” Lake Forest College Fortnight of Pride.  March 2008.

“Roman Rhetorical Tradition,” Lake Forest College Greece and Turkey Program.  February 2008, February 2007, February 2006, February 2005 and February 2004.

“Greek Rhetorical Tradition,” Lake Forest College Greece and Turkey Program.  February 2008, February 2007, February 2006, February 2005, and February 2004.

“How to Make and Refute an Argument,” Lake Forest Debate Society.  February 2008.

“Is the U.S. Ready for a Woman President?” Speaker of the House for British National Team Debate.  November 2007.

“Why We Need Women’s Studies at Lake Forest College,” Academic Festival.  October 2007.

“Ethics at Lake Forest College,” Lake Forest College New Student Orientation.  August 2007.

“Turning Water into Wine: Simple Tips for Creating Effective Student Symposium Talks and Posters,” Lake Forest College Student Symposium.  March 2007 and March 2005.

“Strategic Ambiguity: A New Turn in Lesbian Representation on Television,” Lake Forest College Fortnight of Pride.  April 2005.

“Musicals Are Torture But Are They Rhetorical,” Lake Forest Faculty Symposium.  October 2004.

“Presidential Debate Panel,” September 2004.

“Queer: The Changing Meaning and Use of the Term,” Lake Forest Fortnight of Pride.  April 2004.

“Debate Across the College,” Learning and Teaching Center (LTC).  November 2003.

Courses Taught at Lake Forest College

COMM 110: Introduction to Communication
COMM 235: Rhetoric and Speech
COMM 250: Western Rhetorical Traditions
COMM 255: Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 350: Special Topics: Communication and Gender
COMM 382: Women’s Rhetoric and the Feminist Critique
COMM 384: Rhetorical Presidency
COMM 386: Reading Pop Culture: Television Criticism
COMM 420: Senior Seminar: Reading Pop Culture
COMM 420: Senior Seminar: Argumentation and Controversy
COMM 420: Senior Seminar: Rhetorical Criticism
COMM 420: Senior Seminar: Rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln
FIYS 132: Telling Lies: Identity, Culture and Interpretation

Academic Workshops And Institutes

ACM Constructing Authority Seminar, Chicago, IL.  Spring 2008.
NITLE Workshop on Emerging Technologies and the Liberal Arts Campus, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL.  Summer 2007.
ACM FACE Workshop on Women and Gender Studies, Beloit College, Beloit WI.  Fall 2006.
ACM Women’s Leadership Development Seminar, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN.  Fall 2005.
Rhetorical Society of America’s (RSA) Biennial Institute, “The History of Rhetoric as a Teaching Tradition,” Kent State University, Kent, OH.  Spring 2005.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Information Literacy Conference, Chicago, IL.  Fall 2003.

Professional Memberships

National Communications Association (NCA)
Rhetoric Society of America (RSA)
International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA)