Professor Michael Dues on “Framing Arguments for Political Debates” at DGT

    April 13, 2015 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
    Dragon's View restaurant
    400 North Bonita Avenue
    Tucson, AZ 85745
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    Michael Dues

    Dr. Dues is a Lecturer Emeritus at UA Dept. of Communication. Bio:

    Michael Dues (Ph.D., Communication and American Studies, Indiana University, 1973) Dr. Dues studies and teaches organizational communication, conflict management, and argumentation. He is a former head of the Department of Communication, and a past President of the Arizona Communication Association.

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    Carolyn Classen
    Carolyn Sugiyama Classen, a life long Democrat, was born & raised in the State of Hawaii, was a Legislative Aide for U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye on Capitol Hill, and practiced law for a while. In Tucson she worked as a tribal staff attorney for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and later was the Interim Executive Director of the now defunct Domestic Violence Commission. In 2008 she became a “My Tucson” guest columnist for the Tucson Citizen newspaper, then continued blogging for for over four and a half years. Her blogsite was entitled “Carolyn’s Community” about community events and some political news, until Gannett Publishing shut down the site on January 31, 2014. She started with Blog for Arizona on Feb. 11, 2014. Part time she has been sitting as a Hearing Officer in Pima County Consolidated Justice Courts Small Claims Division since April, 2005. She is married to University of Arizona Distinguished Professor Albrecht Classen, a native of Germany. They have one son, who lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and daughter. She is also the Editor of the Southern Arizona Japanese Cultural Coalition website, (since Jan. 2013).


    1. Prof. Dues spoke of how to block false Republican frames & then throw (a punch back) in defense of core Democratic values. He gave several examples of arguments about size of government, conservative vs. regressive, family values, and common sense. Questions from the audience were about gun safety, conservative vs. moderate Republicans, the social media announcement by Hillary Clinton for President, who’s the best messenger, lack of logic & empathy by Republicans, the rising # of Independents, message of Ayn Rand, Democratic messages at the national level, and AZ state legislature rejecting federal laws & control. Former legislators Marion Pickens & Phil Lopes in attendance today.

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