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Three Night Lecture Series with Professor Debra Hawhee (March 8, 10, 11)

by | Mar 4, 2021

The DCI and Davidson Writing Program to Host Professor Debra Hawhee March 8 – 11

The Deliberative Citizenship Initiative and Writing Program of Davidson College are excited to host Debra Hawhee, McCourtney Professor of Civic Deliberation at Penn State University, for an online guest lecture series March 8th through 11th. 

Over the course of a keynote address, lecture on athletics and rhetoric, and an informal conversation, Professor Hawhee will share her insights about deliberation, democracy, and the liberal arts informed by her academic scholarship and experience as a division one athlete. She’ll also discuss her recent work on climate rhetoric being used by young climate activists.

Registration is free and open to the Davidson campus community and wider public on Eventbrite. More information about Professor Hawhee’s lectures can be found below and in the attached posters. Please share this information anyone else who might be interested in attending.  Please contact the DCI at [email protected] with any questions.

“Imagining Our Shared Future: Rhetoric, Deliberation, and Democratic Life”

In her highly recommended Monday, March 8th keynote address at 7 pm, Hawhee will present deliberation as an art of imagining shared futures together. She infuses her approach to deliberation with insights drawn from humanities and the arts, insights drawn from her training in rhetoric (the art of effective communication), and her experience incorporating deliberation into an integrated speaking and writing course at Penn State. This approach emphasizes imagination, listening, and attention to dispositions.

“The Original Scholar-Athlete: Athletics and Rhetoric in Ancient Greece”

The gymnasium in ancient Athens served as the training ground for wrestlers and boxers as well as for orators and statemen. In her second talk on Wednesday, March 10th at 7:30 pm, Professor Hawhee will share the curious early connections between athletic and rhetorical education, connections she first noticed while finishing up her career as a basketball player at the University of Tennessee.

“A Conversation with Debra Hawhee: Climate Rhetoric, Classroom Deliberation, the Bodily Arts, and More

Join the DCI and Writing Program on Thursday, March 11th at 12 pm for an informal chat with Professor Debra Hawhee where she will talk about her work on rhetoric being used by young climate activists, incorporating deliberation into the Penn State curriculum, understanding the linkages between the bodily and mental arts, and more.

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