Students Discuss ‘PerformRUEnce’ on WRTI 90.1-FM, Dec. 7

By schwartzsa | December 6, 2012

Adjunct Professor Dr. Alicia Bullock and students from her course,  ID 227: RUE, were  featured on WRTI 90.1-FM, Temple University’s public radio station during J.Michael Harrison’s show The Bridge on Nov. 23. The class returns to Harrison’s show on Friday, Dec. 7, to discuss their recent “PerformRUEnce,” which was held at Mom’s Kitchen Table in Philadelphia, Pa. The broadcast will begin at 10 p.m.

The radio recordings are part of the course content, which will be compiled into a class CD project called RUE. “RUE is a homonym for ‘roux’ which is the base for a stew,” notes Bullock. “The curriculum is designed to stir up voices as such.”

The seminar explores the physical characteristics of the voice as well as historical orations from Frederick Douglass, Shirley Chisholm, Adolph Hitler, Sukarno, Joseph Lowery, Jr., Thurgood Marshall, Dick Gregory, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dick Gregory, Ronald Regan, President Barack Obama, and other figures.

“Current studies indicate that despite the technological changes occurring in workplaces, skills in oral communication, written communication, public speaking, motivating and managing others, and effective group leadership are most crucial for effective career improvement and advancement,” says Bullock. “Public speaking and oration are still considered very important and valued skills that a person can possess.”