Journal Publishes Student Essay

The journal Young Scholars in Writing: Undergraduate Research in Writing and Rhetoric is publishing Rutgers-Camden major Natalie Midiri’s article on rhetoric.

In her article “The Stylistic Effects of Human Rights Rhetoric: An Analysis of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2011 LGBT Human Rights Speech,” Midiri analyzes the historic international gay rights speech Clinton delivered in Switzerland to the United Nations in December 2011.

“Rhetorical style is relevant in public discussions where arguments could influence subsequent policy decisions,” says Midiri, a Mount Laurel resident. “I’m in love with Clinton’s speech. I think it’s a well-crafted speech, but in my article, I’m critical of it.”

In her speech, Clinton talks about the work required to protect LGBT people whose human rights are still denied in many parts of the world today.

“In this speech, Clinton is speaking to American legislators, U.N. representatives, and lawmakers in Uganda, where virtually no legal protections are offered to LGBT people,” Midiri says. “Her message is clear, but I think in her speech, there’s a distinct separation between the LGBT community and those who are in power. It’s delivered in a way that maintains that the LGBT community is voiceless or that it is segregated from the greater community.”

Read more about Midiri’s published article here.

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