Professor Christopher Johnstone, "Sites of Rhetorical Action in Ancient Greece"
Friday, January 28, 2010
117 Thomas Building
University Park Campus
Penn State University
When Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik cited "vitriolic rhetoric" as a factor in the Arizona shootings, he sparked debates about the metaphors, images (think crosshairs), slogans, and commonplaces that comprise American political discourse.
In response to these debates, the Center for Democratic Deliberation will present a "Flash Forum"--an event organized with due speed to respond to the exigencies of the moment--to give members of our campus and community an opportunity to consider the issues raised by the tragedy in Tucson.
Participants in the Flash Forum will ask: Does language matter? Are violent metaphors partly to blame for the tragedy? Are the calls for civility misguided or on point? What traditions offer helpful approaches to the debates about language and action, about individuals and communities, about freedom and responsibility?
Featured presenters will include:
Penn State students, faculty, and community members are invited to join in the discussion and share their thoughts about civic discourse and civic violence.