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Title: Exploring Hoosiers
Course Section Number: RHE-370-02
Department: Rhetoric
Description: Around since at least the 1830s, the Hoosier is one of the more widely recognized state nicknames in the US. While "Hoosier" refers to Indiana and its residents, one lingering question remains: what exactly is a Hoosier? In this course, we will begin to answer this question through the concept of regional rhetoric. By analyzing the various landscapes and spaces that make up the Indiana region, students will critically think about how regional identity shapes our everyday life and global politics just as we shape our own regional identities. From how we speak or dress to the politics of race, gender, class, and sexuality, our regional identity and spatial experiences matter. Blending theories of rhetoric of space/place, regional politics, and experiential learning, students will visit and analyze Indiana spaces to critically examine not only what a Hoosier is, but also how the Hoosier identity invites certain social and political ways of being together. As a seminar course, students will be reading and discussing primarily academic articles as they relate to different spatial case studies. Additionally, the course will have multiple field trips across Indiana regions throughout the semester. From these field trips and people's everyday experiences, students will compose an original research project on an aspect of Indiana's regional identity with the potential to pursue community-engaged methods and practices.
Credits: 1.00
Start Date: January 17, 2022
End Date: May 7, 2022
Meeting Information: 01/18/2022-05/05/2022 Lecture Tuesday, Thursday 09:45AM - 11:00AM, Fine Arts Center, Room S206
Faculty: Clark, Jordin

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