I am a former Navy Radioman holding a BA in Political Science, an MA in Medieval Studies, and an MA and PhD in English Literature with a focus on rhetoric. I developed a deep appreciation for the relationship between leadership, storytelling, and the art of persuasion through my academic studies. My tenure as the Campus Chief Steward for the graduate student union COGS/UE Local 896 at the University of Iowa provided real world experience for these leadership skills. Upon completing my PhD in 2015, I explored the art of persuasion in the digital age, serving as an adjunct professor of English for six years. As a professor, I developed and taught a curriculum emphasizing persuasion, storytelling, critical thinking and digital and information literacy.
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The arts of storytelling and persuasion are both multidimensional disciplines that draw from many different fields. Studying those fields fosters a deeper understanding of the complex dynamics of these arts. Interdisciplinary study draws insights from various specialized fields, and a multidisciplinary approach unlocks an understanding the inner workings of storytelling and persuasion.
As a musician, songwriter, producer, artist and storyteller, I enjoy making videos for my friends on social media. This video, "Aoife and the Children of Lir," tells the story of an ancient Irish legend. This song and video were part of a creative project involving AI assisted music, sound, images and video. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for watching and listening!
This song and video is inspired by the stories of the valkyrie Sigrún as related in the Old Norse Helgakviða Hundingsbana and the Poetic Edda. This song and video were part of a creative project involving AI assisted music, sound, images and video. I hope you enjoy it! Thank you for watching and listening!
This is the story of how I learned to use my voice to express myself despite my early misgivings about how it sounded, and my worries that other people would not like it. Special thanks to vocal coach and friend Cindy Shadrick for helping me to tell this story.