Randall BushRandall Bush received his PhD from Northwestern University in the Program in Rhetoric and Public Culture, as well as his BS in Communication Studies and Political Science from Northwestern. He is a specialist in classical and contemporary theories of rhetoric, particularly as they relate to questions of democracy and equality as persistent features of political thinking. He is presently working on a book manuscript related to these questions. Bush’s work has appeared in Philosophy & Rhetoric, the Quarterly Journal of Speech, and Cultural Studies.
Inequality: Challenges for Workplace Communication
This course gives students the opportunity for dialogue on the idea of inequality as it relates both to our workplace and to our daily lives. In so doing, we will also study adjacent terms relevant to understanding inequality’s relationship to culture and the workplace: equality (inequality’s partner term), bias, discrimination, hierarchy, authority, and others. In this course, we will study the philosophical parameters of inequality; survey the myriad expressions of inequality (and debates over its meaning) in the American economy, culture, and psyche; and finally, focusing on the communication workplace, students will discuss various case-based strategies and approaches geared toward decreasing inequality all while managing the inevitable complications of a full commitment to equality in a modern workplace (expertise, authority, age, etc.).