Contemporary Public Speaking

Contemporary Public Speaking builds students’ confidence as speakers, inviting them to view their intersectional identities as the very strengths that give them power and purpose in public speaking. Every speaker has a unique voice to share, and this textbook equips students with the skills they need to make their voices heard in our diverse and increasingly digital public culture.


The Ethics & Politics of Speech

Communication & Rhetoric in the Twentieth Century

A Century of Communication Studies

The Unfinished Conversation

Microhistories of Communication Studies

Mapping the Future of Communication through Local Narratives

Organic Public Engagement

How Ecological Thinking Transforms Public Engagement with Science


Communicating Nanotechnology Applications, Risks, & Regulations
About Pat

About Pat

Pat Gehrke is Professor of Speech Communication & Rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of South Carolina. He has published seven books and scores of essays on communication education, ethics, and public engagement.