Beth Messner and her students examined “hate speech” as a powerful and prevalent form of communication. The seminar designed an interactive web site called “Learning from a Legacy of Hate” to document case studies of hate speech in Indiana and to promote attitudes of acceptance and tolerance toward diverse others. Beth’s community sponsors were the Muncie Human Rights Commission, TEAMwork for Quality Living, and the National Communication Association. The team also be worked with the Carter Center and the Southern Poverty Law Center in Atlanta, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.


CLASS MEMBERS: (L-R, Front) Jennifer Shea, Ranada Bowie, Adrian Dunn, Amber Michel; (Middle) Beth Messner, Robin Elmerick, Katrin Hoffman, Katharine Papper, Laura Schumacher; (Back) Kasey Bradley, King Tawiah, Jr., David Downing, Lisa Robertson, Olufunmbi Elemo, Meredith Boldman, Tracy Haynes Beth Messner is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies who teaches courses in rhetorical criticism and political rhetoric. The winner of numerous teaching awards, Beth has published on the techniques of propaganda embedded in various social movements.