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.

Rhetoric minor Mitch Shakespare: 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.

Lorenzen Awarded ACS Ledford Scholarship


Sewanee student and Psychology major, Margaret Lorenzen is among the 2022 Appalachian College Association Scholars.  Each year, outstanding students are provided funding to help them to pursue research projects over the summer.  Ms. Lorenzen will work under faculty mentor, Dr. Sean O'Rourke on her Go Tell It On the Mountain Project: An Optimistic Research Study of the Rhetoric of Place and Controversy.  Lorenzen will present her work in the fall of 2022. 


Three Sewanee Students Present Rhetoric Papers at 2022 Clevenger Honors Conference

With generous support from the Office of Undergraduate Research, the Rhetoric Program, and the Center for Speaking & Listening, three Sewanee students–Makenzie Pentz, Anne Mitchell Welch, and Annie West–presented papers at the recent Theodore Clevenger Undergraduate Honors Conference in Greenville, South Carolina...

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.


RHET 331: Voices of American Women class welcomed Dr. Wanda Little Fenimore, Assistant Professor of Speech Communication at the University of South Carolina-Sumter, to remotely join the class on March 29, 2021.

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

Rhetoric Professors 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.

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.

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"

Rhetoric Has Leading Voice in Civil Discourse in America Conference at Kanuga

Over the first weekend of Spring Break, three representatives of Sewanee’s Center for Speaking & Listening took a leading role in the 2018 Lansing Lee Conference on “Civil Discourse in America,” held at the Kanuga Conference Center in Hendersonville, North Carolina.