The Rhetoric Department will offer the following courses in the Advent 2022 semester. Contact Department Chair Dr. Sean O’Rourke at sporourk@sewanee.edu or Dr. Melody Lehn at mjlehn@sewanee.edu with questions.
 

RHET 101 A: Public Speaking

Professor Sean O'Rourke
T/Th 3:30-4:45 p.m. and W 7:30-8:20 p.m. (first three weeks only)

Study of the principles, precepts, and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis is placed on assessing the rhetorical situation and researching, composing, practicing, and delivering a speech. Ethical, political, and social questions raised by speaking in public are considered. Students deliver speeches, practice effective listening, and serve as speech critics and interlocutors. 

*Required for the Rhetoric Minor
*Open only to first-year students and sophomores 


RHET 101 B: Public Speaking

Professor Melody Lehn 
M/W 3:30-4:45 p.m. and W 7:30-8:20 p.m. (first three weeks only)

Study of the principles, precepts, and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis is placed on assessing the rhetorical situation and researching, composing, practicing, and delivering a speech. Ethical, political, and social questions raised by speaking in public are considered. Students deliver speeches, practice effective listening, and serve as speech critics and interlocutors. 

*Required for the Rhetoric Minor
*Open only to first-year students and sophomores 


RHET 201 A: Introduction to rhetoric

Professor Sean O'Rourke
T/Th 1:30-2:45 p.m.

Topical survey of the major questions and controversies in rhetorical theory, criticism, and practice, including rhetorical situations, classic canons of rhetoric, the role of rhetoric in civic life, and the relationship of rhetoric to power, politics, law, education, and ethics. Students consider the rights and responsibilities of speakers and critics. Accordingly, readings include sections from a wide array of rhetorical theorists and critics as well as a diverse and open canon of orators and speakers. 

*Required for the Rhetoric minor

* Counts for the Shakespeare minor


RHET 311 A: U.s. Public Address I: 1620-1865

Professor Melody Lehn
M/W 2:00-3:15 p.m.

History and criticism of American speeches and rhetorical texts. The course examines a broad range of historical and rhetorical factors that influenced the creation and reception of speeches from the colonial period through the end of the Civil War, focusing not only on the political, religions, legal, and social exigencies to which speeches responded but also on the place of those rhetorical texts in U.S. public controversies

*Counts for the Rhetoric Minor

*General Education Credit: G1: Reading Closely and G4: Exploring Past and Present


RHET 321 A: Rhetoric in the Ancient World

Professor Robert Gaines
T/Th 11:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

History of rhetorical theory and practice from Homer to Augustine. Primary focus on the relationship of rhetoric to politics, law, religion, philosophy, liberal education and culture in ancient Greece and Rome, along with an examination of the influence of ancient rhetoric on medieval rhetoric. Readings include selections from the Iliad, the sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Philodemus, Cicero, Quintilian, Tacitus, Augus, and others. Texts are read in English translation.

*Counts for the Rhetoric minor

*General Education Credit: G1: Reading Closely and G4: Exploring Past and Present