Archive for September, 2016

An Effective Rhetoric for Global Peace and Understanding

Our upcoming panel event has been scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on October 6th in Bedford 111 at Longwood University. Looking forward to it!


“An Effective Rhetoric for Global Peace and Understanding: Students’ Insights for the Presidential Candidates”

This interactive session will promote an understanding of how our presidential candidates can and should function on a world stage when the goal is to foster global peace and understanding. A panel of Rhetoric & Professional Writing students will share their insights on the current climate of U.S. presidential rhetoric. By engaging the audience in this discussion, they hope to suggest that the principles of rhetoric can be shared on a global, regional, and local stage.


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Post #4: Reflections on “The Lifetime Reading Plan: Becoming a Citizen of the World”

Due by the class period on Wednesday, September 21

Reflections on Michael Dirda’s talk: Review this link before you complete this blog post: the Toulmin model of rhetoric. According the Toulmin model, a basic argument consist of the following: claim + support + warrant. When you attend Dirda’s talk in Blackwell Hall at 5:30pm on Sep 19th, listen to his ideas about global citizenship closely. What are some of his claims (give at least one or two examples)? What is the support he provides for those claims? What are the assumptions implied in his arguments (which link his claims to his support for them).

*If you have to attend another debate event due to scheduling conflicts, complete this posting based on a Toulmin analysis of one of the rhetors featured in the respective event (such as one of the debaters during the mock debate on the 21st, etc). Once you attend an event, you can take until our following class period to make your posting. Let me know if you have any questions about this prompt.


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Post #3: Life, Liberty, Pursuit of Happiness, and Women’s Rights

Due by the class period on Friday, September 9



On Friday, we’ll start considering historical examples of discourses on various public issues in various global contexts. We’ll also consider your selections in relation to the texts we have reconsidered this week in the context of an election year: The Declaration of Independence and the Declaration of Sentiments.




By Friday’s class, do some search to identify a relevant online text from the current or historical presidential debates (a portion of a debate, a speech in the context of presidential debates, or other artifacts)–this should be a text that resonates with the narratives in the Declaration of Independence or the Declaration of Sentiments.

Then, create a new post in your own Course Blog which either embeds or includes a link to the text of your selection, and explains the “intertextuality” of your selected text and one of the declarations. In other words, how is one text related to the other? How does the latter text reference the previous text? How are their narratives overlap or diverge (in terms of the narrative’s treatment of a group, or its messages about American cultural values, etc)?

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