Kondrlik, Slentz, and Weedon Take Part in “What Is Rhetoric?” Roundtable


Date: Friday, February 5, 2016
Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Guilford Parlor 

Ph.D. students Kristin Kondrlik, Jess Slentz, and Scott Weedon will take part in a roundtable panel on Friday, February 5, 2016 as part of the English Department’s colloquium series. Along with Associate Professor T. Kenny Fountain, they will address the question “What is rhetoric?”

More than just a pejorative term for empty speech, “rhetoric” is an object, a practice, and a humanistic tradition with roots in the politics and performing arts of Ancient Greece. Today, a sub-field in the disciplines of English and Communication Studies, rhetoric continues to attract both critics and advocates in such far-flung disciplines as sociology, psychology, cognitive science, and philosophy.

The participants of this panel, each working in some aspect of rhetorical studies, will explore what rhetoric is, does, and can be in the contemporary academy and beyond.