Bradford J. Vivian

Biography:

Bradford Vivian is a Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences, and Director of the Center for Democratic Deliberation in Penn State’s McCourtney Institute for Democracy. His work in rhetoric is rooted in theories of language and power, most often examining how language shapes both individual and collective identities. His latest book, for instance, examined how citizens, politicians, and civic institutions have adopted idioms of witnessing in recent decades to influence both personal and communal norms of identity in the wake of historical traumas. As the Humanities Liaison, Brad is representing the humanities broadly construed and the views of rhetoricians specifically.