Every semester, the students of COMM 2140: Rhetoric and Argument explore advocacy and discovery through argument in the public sphere. As part of that process, each student works closely with a single argument from a very prominent source: The New York Times. Each student first examines an editorial from the Times commenting on an issue of the day, then they formulate their own response to this argument created by the editorial board at the Times and put their own advocacy on youtube to let any and all interested in the issue participate. Every semester we host a competition between students to see who can respond best to these editorials: the 2140 Youtube Bowl! As advocates in the public sphere, the students have crafted, revised, edited, and recorded their own speeches to make their voice a part of these important conversations.
Below you will find links to the original editorials in The New York Times as well as the UNT student responses. Please take the time to read the editorials and and watch the student responses.
These submissions in our youtube bowl represent the best of our student advocacy on important issues facing us as a society today. Lend your voice to this exchange of ideas.
Youtube Bowl Submissions:
Read the Editorial Here: Ways to Reduce the Kidney Shortage
Then view the response by Abron Hester:
Read the Editorial Here: Endless Assault on Health Care Reform
Then view the response by Garett Hammonds:
The WINNER!!!!!!!! Submission 3
Read the Editorial Here: Stop Hiding Images of American Torture
Then view the response from Daniel Schipper:
Read the Editorial Here: Wages and Salaries Still Lag as Corporate Profits Surge
Then view the response from John Madrigal: