April 20, 2018
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. 

James B. Woulfe Alumni Hall, Anderson Student Center
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul campus

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Sponsored by the Department of Communication & Journalism

The annual Undergraduate Communication Research Conference is sponsored by the Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of St. Thomas. It is designed as a celebration of undergraduate research in all areas of the communication discipline, bringing together students and faculty from colleges and universities of the upper Midwest. 


“The Better Angels”:  Presidential Rhetoric, Democratic Ideals, and Donald Trump 

Dr. Martin Medhurst, Baylor University 

Martin J. Medhurst is Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric and Communication and Professor of Political Science at Baylor University in Waco, Texas. He is the author or editor of thirteen books, and more than 100 articles and book chapters. His books include: Rhetorical Dimensions in Media: A Critical Casebook; Eisenhower’s War of Words: Rhetoric and Leadership; Beyond the Rhetorical Presidency; Presidential Speechwriting; The Rhetorical Presidency of George H. W. Bush; The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric; Before the Rhetorical Presidency; and Words of a Century.

Paper/Proposal Submission Guideline

Proposals for the conference may include, but are not limited to, individual or group research projects, performance pieces and video productions in areas including communication theory, rhetorical theory and criticism, journalism, and media production and criticism. Students may submit one of the following type of proposals to the conference:

  • Individual/Co-authored Research Paper or Project 
  • Panel Presentation

Submissions of completed projects is strongly recommended and given highest priority in the selection process. There is no minimum or maximum word or page count. 

Paper/proposal submissions deadline: March 5, 2018

Conference Registration and Fee

Registration deadline: April 9, 2018
Conference fee: $40 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Schedule of the Day

Friday, April 20, 2018

  • 8:15 - 9:00 a.m. Registration: Third Floor, Anderson Student Center, Saint Paul Campus
  • 9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Student Panels
  • 10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Student Panels
  • Noon - 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Keynote Address: Anderson Student Center Woulfe Alumni Hall (ASC 378A)
  • 1:45 - 3:00 p.m. Student Panels  

UCRC 2018 Program Draft