2023 Festival of Speaking & Listening Showcases Superb Student Speakers Across the College

The 2023 Festival of Speaking & Listening showcased 8 student finalists across two speaking contest days with speeches ranging from 'reliable models for traumatic brain injuries' to 'school shootings: a big problem for small towns.'

Sewanee Students Present at Oxford Consortium for Human Rights

Six Sewanee students and two professors attended the Civil Resistance, Nonviolent Activism & Human Rights workshop at the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights, which took place from March 20 to 24 at Magdalen College at the University of Oxford.

Thinking Together: A Lecture by Angela Ray & Paul Stob

Monday, October 3
5:00pm CDT
Gailor Auditorium

Join us for a lecture by Profs. Angela Ray & Paul Stob on lecturing, learning, & difference in the long nineteenth century. 
*Book signing to follow.

CS&L Tutor Mitch Shakespeare: A Point in Time

Armed with a 70-year-old map and a dollar-store broom, CS&L Tutor Mitch Shakespeare uncovers a long-lost piece of Sewanee and Delta Tau Delta history on a sandstone bluff.

2022 Sewanee Festival of Speaking & Listening Showcases Student Research, Innovation, and Oratorical Excellence

Eleven superb student speakers across disciplines and courses, six judges, and fifty-nine audience members participated in this year's annual Festival of Speaking & Listening.

CS&L Assistant Director and Tutors Attend Excellence at the Center Conference

CS&L Assistant Director Melody Lehn and Peer Tutors Amanda Schlegel (C'23) and Zach Shunnarah (C'23) recently attended the 21st Century Excellence at the Center Conference hosted by the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

Faculty Research Spotlight: Dr. Sean Patrick O'Rourke

Since the start of the pandemic, a period during which many people have felt much less ambitious than usual, O’Rourke has actually published three books! In addition to the introductions and section introductions, O’Rourke also has chapters in each of these books.

Statement Condemning Racist Comments and Actions

See details for our statement condemning racism.


Join Read SC and the Georgia Center for the Book for another On My Mind event. Editors Sean Patrick O’Rourke and Lesli K. Pace will discuss their companion books Like Wildfire: The Rhetoric of the Civil Rights Sit-Ins and the forthcoming On Fire: Five Civil Rights Sit-Ins and the Rhetoric of Protest. This virtual event is free and open to the public, but you must register on Eventbrite to receive the link to the Zoom webinar.

Prof. O’Rourke Wins Regional Mentoring Award

The Southern States Communication Association has awarded Dr. Sean Patrick O’Rourke the 2020 J. Donald Ragsdale Award for Mentoring. 

100 Years with Woman Suffrage: Prison, Protests, and Promise

A Lecture by Belinda A. Stillion Southard, Associate Professor of Rhetoric, University of Georgia

Center for Speaking & Listening Directors O’Rourke and Lehn Publish Book

Professors Sean O’Rourke (Rhetoric and American Studies) and Melody Lehn (Rhetoric and Women’s and Gender Studies) have published the book Rhetoric, Race, Religion, and the Charleston Shootings: Was Blind but Now I See with Lexington Books in its “Rhetoric, Race, and Religion” Series.

Student Blog: Maren Czura | CEA Prague

Center for Speaking & Listening tutor Maren Czura blogs about her latest experiences in the Czech Republic.

James Blue's "The March," the Long Civil Rights Movement, and Martin Luther King's August 28, 1963 March on Washington Address

Author and professor David Frank will speak on the Long Civil Rights Movement.

DebateWatch Promotes Listening, Reflection, and Conversation

More than sixty students and faculty watched the Democratic Primary Debate on September 12, 2019 at the Bairnwick Women’s Center.

Four Sewanee Students Present Rhetoric Papers at 2019 Clevenger Honors Conference

The Clevenger conference, one of the oldest and most prestigious undergraduate research forums in the field of rhetoric, attracts students from as far away as the University of Puget Sound and Florida Atlantic University and nearly everywhere in between.

2019 Festival of Speaking & Listening Showcases Student Speakers

Fifteen finalists participated in four public speaking contests in the 2019 Festival of Speaking & Listening, held on April 23, 24, and 25.

Prof. Lehn wins Excellence in Teaching Award

Assistant Professor Melody Lehn was recognized on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 with the university’s citation for Excellence in Teaching.

"The Pleasures of Outrage" - A Lecture by Patricia Roberts-Miller (Ph.D.)

University of Texas-Austin Professor Patricia Roberts-Miller to speak on "The Pleasures of Outrage: Why We Love Demagoguery"

Lunch Conversation: Restoring the Political Center with Mort Kondracke

On September 14 at noon in the Mary Sue Cushman Room, the Office of Civic Engagement’s “Yea, Sewanee Votes!” program, the Center for Speaking & Listening, and The Sewanee Purple will host a lunch conversation with award winning journalist Morton Kondracke entitled “Restoring the Political Center.”