Thursday, November 3, 2011

The Rhetoric of Hitler

Did you know that a Harvard graduate came up with the "Seig Heil" salute used in Nazi Germany? 
Neither did we, until we took the NKA class called "The Rhetoric of Hitler" from Dr. Bruce Loebs, a professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Idaho State University. 
This is Dr. Loebs' 14th time teaching a course for NKA. He says, "NKA students are my favorite kind of students." Dr. Loebs is NKA's favorite kind of teacher, too. He's friendly, funny, and full of fascinating information.
Each student received a large packet of photos and articles pertaining to the topic. 
Although he joked about his lack of skill in operating the classroom projector system, Dr. Loebs managed to incorporate a wide variety of documentaries and old film footage into his lectures.
We watched Leni Reifenstal's Triumph of the Will, considered to be one of the most important films ever made.

Dr. Loebs usually teaches one 6-week course per semester (1-1/2 hours, once a week) for NKA. Other courses he has offered include "The Rhetoric of War" and "Winston Churchill's Rhetoric."