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The 2017 Seventeenth Annual UMM Undergraduate Research Symposium (URS) celebrates student scholarly achievement and creative activities. Students from all disciplines participate in the URS. Types of presentations include posters, oral presentations, and short or abbreviated theatrical, dance, or musical performances. 

Presentations are accompanied by discussions and multimedia.


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Saturday, April 22 • 10:00am - 12:00pm
Seeing the Unseen: Two Methods + Rhetorical Situation of A War of Unknown Warriors by Winston Churchill

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The speech examined was a War of Unknown Warriors by Winston Churchill. Two rhetorical methods (Toulmin and Style), as well as the Rhetorical Situation of the speech, were used for analysis of the speech. The area of speech analysis is vast, and the speeches given by Churchill have proved to be a rather popular topic of study. That said, while this is a historically important speech given the historical context of the beginning of the air raids on the country of Great Britain, the fact that this speech is not counted among the greatest of the Churchill speeches is astounding. Given the persuasive nature, the ability to unite a nation, and the ability to encourage the world, it was by all means Rhetorical literature that must be remembered. Whether it was describing the way to withstand Hitler or how the British people should unite, or even helping a fallen ally, unity is fundamental factor that permeates the essence of the speech. For this reason, A War of Unknown Warriors is a speech with a persisting exigence of unity. Thus, this speech exemplifies rhetorical characteristics which can serve as a basis for emulation in future speech writing. By examining a few of key characteristics of the speech, such as word choice and historical context, light is shed on the speaking style of one of the greatest orators of the 20th century.


Saturday April 22, 2017 10:00am - 12:00pm
Student Center, Oyate Hall 600 E 4th St., Morris MN 56267

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