Lunsford Honorees: Winter 2021

About the Winter 2021 Lunsford Honorees

From Spring 2020 through Summer 2021, all PWR 2 courses were taught online in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Typically, Lunsford award honorees would present in front of a live audience and two winners would be selected. Giving and recording an oral presentation in an online environment provided both new challenges but also new possibilities and we saw a range of creative and powerful responses to oral presentation research. This gallery represents exemplary work from students produced in their fully online environments during Winter 2021, and we honor all of these students for their excellent research and delivery.

Watch highlights from the Winter honoree presentations -- with an introduction by former PWR Faculty Director, Andrea Lunsford -- and then scroll down for access to their full presentations.


Ria Calcagno: “Change Through Community: A Case Study of Disability Policy and Community at Stanford University"

Course: The Rhetoric of Activism
Instructor: Shannon Hervey



Destiny Cunningham: “The Black History of Punk Rock: The Struggles of Authenticity and Pigeonholing"

Course: Sound and Vision: The Rhetoric of Music Documentary
Instructor: Tiffany Neiman & Christine Alfano



Isabella R. de Vlieger: “Rage Against the Killing Machine: How Rage Can Be Used to Fight Against the Death Penalty"

Course: A Rebel with a Cause: The Rhetoric of Giving a Damn
Instructor: Kathleen Tarr



Tara Hein: “Constellating Buen Vivir: The Coloniality of Development through the Lens of Well-being"

Course: All the Feels: The Rhetoric of Emotion
Instructor: Tesla Schaeffer


Alex Hughes: "'Fiddler on the Roof''s Subversive Reflection of the Jewish Experience"

Course: All that Jazz: The Rhetoric of American Musical Theater

Instructor: Wendy Goldberg



Aiyanna Johns: “Imagineer for a Day: Stepping into the Shoes of Disney’s Master Storytellers to Understand the Interdisciplinarity of their Design Process"

Course: Interdisciplinary Approach to Research and Problem-Solving

Instructor: Mutallip Anwar




Sophia Jones: “We Choose to Go to Space"

Course: Propaganda and Rhetoric
Instructor: Kevin Moore



Estefania Acuna Lacarieri: “Mirror of Argentine Female Archetypes Lasting Domesticity and Gender Roles through the Ages"

Course: Speaking Ironic Truth to Power: The Rhetoric of Satirical Protest
Instructor: Harriett Jernigan



Kaile Maske: “Spoken Into Existence: The Mental Health Impacts of Self-Misgendering in Transgender and Gender-Diverse Individuals"

Course: The Rhetoric of Language, Identity, and Power

Instructor: Jennifer Johnson




Kyleigh McPeek: “Scared Together? What Horror Movies Can Teach Us about Empathy"

Course: Feel me? The Rhetoric, Practice, and Complication of Empathy
Instructor: Donna Hunter


Jasmine Nguyen: “Disaggregating the Data"

Course: Ethics and AI
Instructor: Ruth Starkman



Matthew Reed: "How the Male Fitness Industry Fails Men's Health"

Course: Copying, Memeing, Modding, and Piracy: Rhetorics of (Un)Originality
Instructor: Eldon Pei



Elysia Smyers: “Length Matters: how social media posts catch your eye and how our political landscape has changed because of it"

Course: Hear/Say: The Art of Rhetorical Listening
Instructor: Cassie Wright



Ana Ximena Sosa: “Human-Place Interface in Heritage Festivals"

Course: Whose Home? Rhetorics of Place and Belonging
Instructor: Holly Fulton


Darryl Frimpong Asmah Thompson: “God Speaks: The How and the Verification Process"

Course: Communicating Your Research: Meaningful Academic Writing and Speaking
Instructor: Helen Lie



Elsie Ruoxi Wang: “Speaking to the Soul: Meng Jiangnü as a blueprint for rehabilitating Asian-American identity"

Course: Myth and the Contemporary: Talking across Two Worlds
Instructor: Kevin DiPirro



Angelo Xin Sui: “Ghost (Gun) Busters: Developing Regulations on 3D Printed Guns"

Course: Makers, Crafters, Hackers: The Rhetoric of DIY
Instructor: Angela Becerra Vidergar