Title

Changing the Face of an Epidemic: Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher at the 1992 National Conventions

Date

5-30-2013 2:15 PM

Location

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

Department

Communication Studies

Session Chair

Emily Plec

Session Title

Public Address in the Political Sphere

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Emily Plec

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

The 1980s in US history marks a decade of exploring the unknown and, in a continuation of the 70s, a pushing of the preset boundaries surrounding government regulations, medical research, and the discussion of sexual health. Among those fighting for change were Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher, two mothers who changed the face of the AIDS epidemic in their National Convention Speeches. In my paper, I apply Bitzer’s rhetorical situation and a rhetorical approach to identity in order to show how both Glaser and Fisher used their individual exigencies and identities to respond to a national and international crisis that had been largely ignored and misunderstood by the public.

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May 30th, 2:15 PM

Changing the Face of an Epidemic: Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher at the 1992 National Conventions

Health and Wellness Center (HWC) 205

The 1980s in US history marks a decade of exploring the unknown and, in a continuation of the 70s, a pushing of the preset boundaries surrounding government regulations, medical research, and the discussion of sexual health. Among those fighting for change were Elizabeth Glaser and Mary Fisher, two mothers who changed the face of the AIDS epidemic in their National Convention Speeches. In my paper, I apply Bitzer’s rhetorical situation and a rhetorical approach to identity in order to show how both Glaser and Fisher used their individual exigencies and identities to respond to a national and international crisis that had been largely ignored and misunderstood by the public.