New BHSU lecture series celebrates faculty accomplishments and highlights research

Author: Rachel Ireland/Monday, February 3, 2014/Categories: 2014

            Dr. Adam Gaffey, assistant professor of rhetoric and philosophy

The Office of Academic Affairs at Black Hills State University is pleased to introduce a series of faculty presentations titled "Celebrating Accomplishments." Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 11, this series will feature faculty members who have recently finished their dissertations and earned their doctorates, with the talks highlighting their research. The series is also an opportunity to officially welcome the professors, many who are new faculty members, to BHSU and the Spearfish community.

Dr. Adam Gaffey, assistant professor of rhetoric and philosophy, begins the series Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. with his talk "Visualizing Washington&rsquos Union: Repetition and Display of a New Farewell Address for the Civil War." The lecture will be held in Jonas Hall Room 110 on the BHSU campus.

           Gaffey will discuss this print from Harper's Weekly depicting a flag display that took place in the U.S. Capitol during celebration of Washington's birthday in 1862 during his presentation Tuesday, Feb. 11.

On Feb. 22, 1862, celebrations commenced to honor George Washington&rsquos birthday.  For the first celebration of its kind following the start of the Civil War, unprecedented public attention and involvement was invested in reciting Washington&rsquos beloved 1796 Farewell Address.  Why perform an hour-long declamation of Washington's words?  Why avoid the conventional homage of an original speech?  By examining the origins, development, and visual depiction of this unique moment in rhetorical history, this presentation will consider how the unconventional act of repeating the words of another can be both publicly engaging and effective.

Gaffey completed his dissertation and graduated from Texas A&ampM University in 2013. He joined the BHSU faculty this fall. If you have any questions contact Dr. David Wolff, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, at or at 605-642-6221.

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