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An abstract and methodological analysis for each article is available in Robert S. Littlefield, Voices on the Prairie. Bringing Speech and Theatre to North Dakota. For information or to order, contact the North Dakota State University Institute for Regional Studies,


Volume 1, Number 1, 1987.

Believe in What You Teach: Enhancing Speaking Skills Across the Curriculum. Arlyn Marquardt.

Communication Arts in North Dakota: Celebrating a Culture. Suzanne J. Hagen. (1986 NDSTA Keynote Address).

Communication Patterns Observed in the Dakota Sun Dance Ceremony. Carol Lindberg.

The Difficulties Facing Feminist Theatre: the Survival of "At the Foot of the Mountain." Sandra M. Bemis.

The Effects of "Powerful" and "Powerless" Speech Styles on Speech Effectiveness in a Non-Courtroom Setting. Keith D. Green.

Open Classroom Communication: an Argument for Re-Evaluation of Teaching Strategies. Mary Gill.

A Rhetorical Analysis of Reagan's Discourse at Bitburg. Jay Plum.


Volume 1, Number 2, 1988.

Acceptance of Induction into Hall of Fame (1988). Rhoda Hanson.

Arthur C. Townley: Speaking for Coalition. Alice C. Poehls.

A Fantasy Theme Analysis of the Rhetoric of Arthur Link and Allen Olson in the 1980 North Dakota Gubernatorial Campaign. Barbara Perry Cichy.

The Field Study as a Small Group. Timothy Sellnow.

A Genealogy of American Burlesque. Mark H. Sterner.

The Little Country Theatre: Alfred G. Arvold's Efforts to Promote a New Social Vision for Rural America. Jay Plum.

The Senator's Age: A Recurring Campaign Issue. C. T. Hanson.


Volume 2, Number 1, 1989.

The Blake and Mouton Grid as a Model for Effective Parent/Child Communication. Jonathan Amsbary.

The Filled Pause in Small Group Communication. LaVonne Wahl and Todd Holm.

Gordon Kahl's Demonic Rhetoric. Stephen E. Rendahl.

Integrating Communication into the Curriculum: Back to the Basics. Robert S. Littlefield.

Orators and Elocutionists of the Chautauqua--From New York to North Dakota. Raymond L. Fischer.

President Theodore Roosevelt's Rhetoric and Symbolic Acts: Communication and Rhetorical Implications. Robert A. Bode.

Strategies to Enhance the Use of Documentation in Extemporaneous Speaking. Pamela S. Joraanstad.

Theatre With a Global Vision: the Encyclopedic Dramaturgy of Thornton Wilder. Paul Lifton.


Volume 3, Number 1, 1990.

Addressing the Issue of Movement in Dramatic Duo Competition. Sally J. Ray.

Brecht and Breen: Alienation Techniques of Narrative Theatre. Lawrence J. Knowles.

From Stanislavski to the Method: the Ossification of Actor Training in America. Mark H. Sterner.

Not Just Another Case Study: Using a Non-participant Observation Workbook in a Small Group Class. Thomas G. Endres.

Old Senators Do Not Die: They Just Get Re-Elected. C. T. Hanson.

The Rhetoric of Oklahoma Fest: White Supremacist Attacks on Society. Stephen E. Rendahl and Virgil Moberg.

The Survivalist Right's Rhetorical Justification of Violence. Gail Ann Baker and Robert A. Bode.

Telecommunication Systems and Forensics in North Dakota. Robert S. Littlefield.

Addressing the Issue of Movement in Dramatic Duo Competition. Sally J. Ray.


Volume 4, Number 1, 1991.

Advice on Advising a Communication Club. Thomas G. Endres.

Building Communication Competency in North Dakota: a Review of Selected Existing Curricula. Robert S. Littlefield.

Building an Ensemble. Jean Waldera.

Communication Competence: What Is It? Donna Stack.

Education in North Dakota: a Question of Communication Competence. Deanna D. Sellnow.

Eighteenth-Century Theatre and the American Fascination with Education. Kurt L. Garrett.

Going Beyond the American Flag and the 30-Second Spot: a Unit on Speaking to Persuade. John F. Scheeler.

White Aryan Resistance: a Radical Communication System. Stephen E. Rendahl.


Volume 5, Number 1, 1992.

A Burkean Methodology for the Study of Rhetorical Intent in Short Journalistic Writing. Jacqueline Cartier.

The Comic Embellishment of a Tragic Situation: Combining Testimony and Music in the Farm Aid Telecast. Deanna D. Sellnow.

Competition Versus Education: Are We Coaching What We Are Teaching? Robert S. Littlefield.

The End is at Hand--Really!: Strategies for Differentiating the Dubious Claim in North Dakotan Apocalyptic Rhetoric. Norman E. Clark.

Gandhi's Nonviolent Rhetorical Perspective. Robert A. Bode.

It Ain't What They Teach, It's the Way They Teach It. C. W. Chandler.

North Dakota and Minnesota Farm Crisis Pseudo-Events. Stephen E. Rendahl.

North Dakota and Minnesota Farm Crisis Pseudo-Events. Stephen E. Rendahl.

Organizational Patterns in Winning Orations. Wayne C. McKelvey.


Volume 6, Number 1, 1993.

The Fourth Annual Gathering at Bigfork. Conrad Davidson.

Letter from the Jail: Lambs of Christ, Fargo, North Dakota. Joann K. Mathias.

The New Debate: Postmodern Analysis of the Debate Activity. Liza D. Krug and Eric L. Krug.

North Dakota's 1989 Tax Referral as Organizational Crisis: the Response of Governor Sinner. Timothy L. Sellnow.

"Open Hailing Frequencies, Data": Television's Reinforcement and Compulsion of Technology in Communication. Norman Clark.

Teaching Strategies for a Gender Equitable Classroom. Deanna D. Sellnow.


Volume 7, Number 1, 1994.

Building a Media Celebrity: the Marquis de Morés and the Gilded Age. Ross F. Collins.

Communication and Family Roles: Mother-Daughter Talk in Marsha Norman's "'Night Mother." Connie J. Breding.

The Dilemma of Diversity. Winifred Stump DeLong (1993 NDSTA Keynote Address).

Elements of Tragedy in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible." Wesley James Hellman.

Susan Faludi and Molly Ivins: a Feminist Critique. Mary Helen Richer.

Teaching Communication Ethics by Encouraging Values and Habits. Robert A. Bode.

Time Ain't Money: Draggin' the Modernist Kicking and Screaming into the Postmodern Era. Ellen Crawford.

Why the Gamble Worked: a Metaphorical Analysis of "Dances With Wolves." Julie Anderson and Deanna D. Sellnow.


Volume 8, Number 1, 1995.

Ambiguity as a Communication Strategy in the WCTU. Linda Wurtz.

Broadcaster Self-Disclosure as a Factor in Audience Building. Ann E. Preston, Richard A. Mathern, C. William Chandler, Douglas J. Carr.

The Domino's Pizza Crisis. Tamara D. Rhodes.

External Agencies as Advocates in Organizational Crisis Communication. Robert R. Ulmer and Timothy L. Sellnow.

A Functional Approach to Improvization in the Production Rehearsal. Ken Haught.

A Historical Review of Public Speaking as a Component of the Language Arts Curriculum in North Dakota. Robert S. Littlefield.

Performance Appraisal Research Applied to Forensics. Denelle Wolff.

What Do You Want To Be? (1994 NDSTA Keynote Address). Jean Waldera.


Volume 9, Number 1, 1996.

Crisis Communication, Enacted Sensemaking and Prairie Public Broadcasting. David Wahlberg.

Order Out of Chaos: the Archetypal Metaphor in Early American Rhetoric. Donald E. Rice.

Price's Proposition as a Tool. J. D. Patterson.

Reconsidering Gender-Related Research in Interpersonal Communication. Deanna D. Sellnow and Tamara D. Rhodes.

The Spicer Tragedy. Dennis Neumann.

System-Wide Advocacy Through a Single Spokesperson? North Dakota's Higher Education System as a Case Study. Matthew Coumbe and Timothy L. Sellnow.

Volunteer Culture. Jan Orvik.


Volume 10, Number 1, 1997.

Community Structural Pluralism and North Dakota Newspaper Coverage of Ethnic Minority Groups. Douglas Blanks Hindman, Robert S. Littlefield, Dennis J. Neumann, Ann E. Preston.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Training: Examining Issues of Socialization and Emotionally Painful Incidents in the Classroom. Tamara D. Rhodes.

Inculcating College Classes with Multimedia Technology. Carolyn A. Schnell.

Looking Forward to Change: It's Our Future. Sister Thomas Welder. (1996 NDSTA Keynote Address).

Louis Farrakhan: "The Sacredness of the Female": Prophetic Persona as Argument. Kristen P. Treinen.

Mass Media Use and Community Attachment in Fargo-Moorhead. Douglas Blanks Hindman.

The Problems and Advantages of Being a Female Teacher Contract Negotiator in Class A. Public School Districts in North Dakota. Lynn Conlon.

Stress and the Chemotherapy Care Professional: Coping Through Communication. Stuart A. Schneider.

Using the Web for Class Discussions: A Pilot Study. Ross F. Collins.


Volume 11, Number 1, 1998.

Aging Through the Media: Re-Creating the Reality of the Aging Experience Through Metaphor. Robin Smith.

Assessing Outcomes for Original Public Speaking Events: a Pilot Study. Robert S. Littlefield, Roberta Egersdorf, Yvonne Kalka, Nancy Pearson, Kathy Ringdahl, Sarah Tuchscherer, Elizabeth Wynia.

Children's Literature as Readers' Theatre: an Experiential Education Opportunity. Catherine Evenson.

E-Mail Discussion Groups in the Classroom: Fired Up--or Fed Up--With Free Discussion? Ross F. Collins.

An Examination of Conflict Resolution Techniques Used by Children. Kari Selisker.

Gender Bias and the Junior High Classroom. Martha Jean Johnson Simmons.


Volume 12, 1999.

Bonanzaville and Baseball: Metaphorical and Cultural "Sites" of Preservation and Entertainment. Mark Meister, Brian Dewhirst, Rebecca Green, Lan To, Lindsey Tronstad, Tim Stark, Erica Ward.

North Dakota Newspaper Coverage of Americans With Disabilities and Ethnic Minorities. Douglas Blanks Hindman, Robert S. Littlefield, Ann Preston and Dennis Neumann.

Proxemics and Gender: Where's the Spatial Gap? Steven J. Madden.

Religious Discourse in Times of Crisis: Declaring "Victory" After the Grand Forks Flood of 1997. Jeffrey D. Brand.

The Rhetoric of Imperialism: William Jennings Bryan and Theodore Roosevelt on the Philippine War. Stephen Rendahl.

Rubber Bands and Sectioned Oranges: Dialectical Tensions and Metaphors Used to Describe Interpersonal Relationships. Donna R. Pawlowski.

The Telling of Wounded Knee Through the Use of Narrative Form. Mavis Richardson.


Volume 13, 2000.

Spinning the Zip to Zap: Student Journalist Responsibility and Vulnerability in the Late 1960s. Richard Shafer.

Hate Speech Codes: A Narrow Perspective. Joseph J. Hemmer, Jr.

Reading Romance Novels: An Application of Parasocial Relationship Theory. Ann Burnett and Rhea Reinhardt Beto.

Service Learning in the Intercultural Communication Course: Promoting Civility, Engagement, and Understanding of Global Development Issues. Mark Meister and Charles Okigbo.

1999 NDSTA Award Recipients.


Volume 14, 2001.

Wrestling Audiences: An Ethnographic Study of Television Viewers. Barbara Ruth Burke.

Wasted Time or Informed Delay? Academic Procrastination, Learning Style, and Self Talk. Denise Elmer.

Teach the Way the Student Learns: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies Appropriate to the Native American Student
in the Speech Communication Classroom. Elizabeth A. Wynia.

Identifying Outcomes for Oral Interpretation Events. Robert S. Littlefield, Collette Canevello, Roberta Egersdorf, Benita Saur, Gwen Stark, Elizabeth Wynia.

2000 NDSTA Award Recipients.

Volume 15, 2002.

Meaning Creation in Religious and Spiritual Cultures: A Biographical Cross-Analysis of Catholicism and the New Age. Carol Morgan.

Sexual Diversity on Stage in Southwestern North Dakota: A Rhetorical Analysis. Ken W. Haught.

The Culture of a Country Church: The Use of Myth in the Examination of Place. Theresa L. Hest.

Helping Students Realize That Ideas Can Survive Outside of the Classroom. Jaime P. Meyer.

Malcolm X and the Mass Media: Creation of a Rhetorical Exigence. Kimberly Powell and Sonja Amundson.

Volume 16, 2003.

The Craft of Naming in Thomas Heywood’s A Woman Killed With Kindness. John Thompson.

Perceived Instructor Affinity Seeking and Verbal Aggressiveness in the College Classroom. Scott A. Myers and members of COM 200 Creighton University.

Burke, Clinton, and the Global/Local Community. Mark E. Huglen and Bernard L. Brock.

Developing a Well-Worn Path Between Classroom and Workplace Through Managed Experiential Learning. Jody L. Mattern.

University Student Attitudes Toward Foreign Instructors. Tatyana S. Thweatt.