This seminar is designed to investigate and analyze American political and social discussions of race. Specifically, the seminar focuses on the process of rhetorical advocacy devoted to the topic of Anglo/African-American relationships. Students engage in the critical analysis of message design and construction; this includes attention to issues of argument strategy, message structure, style and language, and the process of locating a message in its historically specific context. Students learn how to analyze, construct, and present messages of advocacy for particular public policies. The seminar is designed to enhance students' understanding of the range of strategic options and resources available to public advocates, to nurture students' ability to analyze and evaluate public discourse, and to give students experience in advocating for or against public policies governing race relations in American culture. Satisfies the Writing and Rhetoric Seminar core requirement.