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Moving from Debate to Dialogue with a Justice Talking Radio Broadcast

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This web text describes a collaborative project in which three English professors created multi-perspective research assignments based on the format of National Public Radio’s Justice Talking radio broadcast.  The classes they involved included a graduate course in composition theory and practice; a fourth-year course in public science writing; and a first-year course in freshman composition.  Each class composed a slightly different version of the project.


The author is Jacqueline Cason, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She teaches courses in scientific writing, public science writing, research writing, nonfiction prose, deliberative rhetoric, and the essay genre.


"The Justice Talking project requires students to present multiple sides of a contentious public issue within an historical context, an engagement that is fundamental to citizenship in a democracy."