Texas A&M Historian of Political Rhetoric Jennifer Mercieca

I Grew Up in California, So I Learned to Drive Here—Very Fast and Inappropriately

Jennifer Mercieca is a historian of American political rhetoric, associate professor in the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University, and a contributing editor at Zócalo Public Square. Her book about Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and demagoguery will be published in early 2020. Before taking part in a Zócalo/UCLA Anderson School of Management event titled, “Is Propaganda Keeping Americans From Thinking for Themselves?” in L.A.’s Little Tokyo, she talked in the green room about working at Chuck E. Cheese, her love of Aristotle, and the differences between rhetoric and propaganda.

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UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus of Psychology Anthony Pratkanis | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

UC Santa Cruz Professor Emeritus of Psychology Anthony Pratkanis

Magic Is a Performing Art—and a Humanity

Anthony Pratkanis is professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he studied social influence and persuasion. He is co-author, with Elliot Aronson, of Age of Propaganda: …

University of Miami Archaeologist Traci Ardren | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

University of Miami Archaeologist Traci Ardren

Right Now, I’m Really in Love With a Loquat Tree

Traci Ardren is professor of anthropology at the University of Miami and co-directs Proyecto de Interacción Política del Centro de Yucatán, at the Classic Maya site of Yaxuná, in Yucatán, …

Cal State LA Professor of History Ping Yao | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Cal State LA Professor of History Ping Yao

I’d Like to Travel Back 1,400 Years in Time

Ping Yao is professor of history at California State University, Los Angeles. Yao’s research focuses on medieval Chinese women’s experiences in everyday life and religious practice. Her co-edited book, Chinese …

UC Santa Barbara Classicist Helen Morales | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

UC Santa Barbara Classicist Helen Morales

I Will Cross-Stitch Obscene and Snarky Things

Helen Morales is a classicist and cultural critic at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She chairs the university’s Hellenic Studies Committee and is the editor of the journal Ramus. Her …

Former Governor of Hawai‘i John David Waiheʻe III  | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

Former Governor of Hawai‘i John David Waiheʻe III 

I Find Myself, in This Day and Age, Wanting Fantasy

John David Waiheʻe III is an American politician who served as the fourth governor of Hawai‘i from 1986 to 1994. He was the first American of Native Hawaiian descent to be elected governor of any …