In Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justice, Lauren E. Obermark seeks to improve public rhetoric education in the United States, as well as argue for its renewed relevance in an increasingly divisive society. Museums, she posits, can offer models and methods to revise and modernize rhetorical education by challenging the very definition of where and how rhetoric is practiced. To explore this assertion, Obermark undertakes three rhetorical case studies at three sites of public history: the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (Cincinnati, OH), the National World War I Museum (Kansas City, MO), and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum (Oklahoma City, OK). At each site, Obermark asks how museum pedagogy and practice can move rhetorical education forward to a place of greater equity, ultimately arguing that the needed improvement “can come from the centering of social justice” (6). By focusing on these lesser known, albeit national, museums, Obermark...
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Book Review| May 01 2023
Review: Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justice, by Lauren E. Obermark
Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justiceby Lauren E. Obermark.
Southern Illinois University Press,
2022. 196 pp.; paperback, $40.00.
The Public Historian (2023) 45 (2): 146–147.
Rachel Vogt; Review: Engaging Museums: Rhetorical Education and Social Justice, by Lauren E. Obermark. The Public Historian 1 May 2023; 45 (2): 146–147. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/tph.2023.45.2.146
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