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Michelle Obama at UNCG, 2014. University Relations archives.On Tuesday, Feb. 9, hear a presentation on the book “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor” by UNCG faculty authors Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon. The event will be at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 2nd floor.

“When Michelle Obama held the Bible for her husband’s swearing in on January 20, 2009, it was a turning point in first lady history,” write Jody Natalle and Jenni Simon of UNCG’s Communication Studies Department, who have produced an essay collection about Mrs. Obama. They go on to describe Mrs. Obama as “not the ordinary first lady we have come to expect as the supporter of the president.  In fact, it is because she is extraordinary that we choose Michelle Obama for a rhetorical-cultural analysis that uncovers some of the ways American women communicate gender.”

Their book, “Michelle Obama: First Lady, American Rhetor,”  is an edited anthology that explores the persona and speech-making of the country’s first African-American first lady.

Additional events at Jackson Library during Black History Month:

  • Feb. 1-29, Exhibition: “African-American Staff at State Normal, 1892-1919” will be on display throughout the month of February in the Elliot University Center (EUC) connector exhibition case in Jackson Library.
  • Feb. 16, Book discussion: UNCG’s Dr. Brian McGowan will lead a discussion on his new book, “Black Men in the Academy: Narratives of Resiliency, Achievement and Success” from 3 to 4 p.m. in EUC 062.
  • Feb. 22, Book discussion: Friends of the UNCG Libraries will host a discussion of “Behind the Scenes, or Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House” by Elizabeth Keckley. Led by Dr. Karen Weyler of the Department of English, the event will take place in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library.

See UNCG Now story with full listing of Black History Month events.

Visual: Michelle Obama at UNCG, 2014. University Relations archives.


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