Intersectionality

By Kwesi Billups In my Cross-Cultural Communications class we’ve been discussing the importance of identity in communication, as identity is the heart of every act of communication. One’s intention as the encoder of a message can only be fully grasped within the context of their values, traditions, preferences, avowed selfhoods and the characteristics that are […]

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New Urbanism

By Kwesi Billups In Chapter 6 of his City of Rhetoric, David Fleming makes use of theories of demographic distribution, class struggle, and participation in sociopolitical discourse to position the rhetoric of exclusion and separation within the context of clashing Chicagoan urban spheres. In Chapter 6, Fleming’s argument of the importance of diversity in developing equitable, comprehensive, […]

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April Showers Bring Mayflowers

By Kwesi Billups Founded in 1925, The Mayflower Hotel was created to serve as a hub for the ideal picture of high society and extravagance in the nation’s capital. From The Mayflower’s very inception, it operated as a venue for socialites to exercise their most public achievements, and their most private improprieties. Hotel owners often […]

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URBAN ART CULTURAL IMMERSION

By Kwesi Billups My Cross-Cultural Communications professor has assigned a semester long cultural immersion project designed to help students develop intercultural literacy. My group for the assignment chose to research “Urban Art” culture to ultimately identify the most common forms and messages in DC urban art, and connect our in-class themes to real-world findings. A firsthand […]

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Build the Wall? It’s Already Built

Rhetorical Analysis #2 By Kwesi Billups In Part II of Architectural Exclusion: Discrimination and Segregation Through Physical Design of the Built Environment, Sarah Schindler details the social and economic exclusion of marginalized racial groups and classes that has historically manifested itself throughout the physicality of built environment. Schindler believes that laden within the deepest subtext […]

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Democracy, Boom or Bust?: A Short Analysis of the Failings of Rugged Individualism

Rhetorical Analysis #1 By Kwesi Billups In Section 1.2 of City of Rhetoric, David Fleming interprets the most basic assumption that lies at the heart of democratic theory: that every individual member of society possesses an equal role and stake in gluing together what constitutes an informed public, and that such individual “freedoms” only exist […]

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