Twenty-one SMU students will witness history in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 20, when Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States. The inauguration trip is a regular event for communications and journalism students in the University’s Meadows School of the Arts.
Rita Kirk, professor of corporate communications and public affairs, has led three other inaugural trips, but this one is different, she told The Dallas Morning News in a Dec. 8 story.
“Not only is this the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth and the first African-American president, it’s a unique rhetorical moment,” she said. “You have a president that has all these unique characteristics and can contextualize to the world what it means.”