Dr. Brian J. Snee is Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication and Media. His recent TEDx Talk was titled How the Virtue of Eloquence Became a Vice. He is the author of Lincoln Before Lincoln (University Press of Kentucky, 2016), and the co-editor of Michael Moore and the Rhetoric of Documentary (S. Illinois UP, 2015) and The Rhetoric of the New Political Documentary (S. Illinois UP, 2008). He is a frequent speaker at academic conferences and professional events, most recently as the keynote speaker at the 2017 meeting of the Lincoln Society. He is currently writing a book about the use of Abraham Lincoln's image in WWII-era Hollywood propaganda.