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About the Loyola Rhetoric Society

The Loyola Rhetoric Society is a student group that fosters the critical analysis and production of rhetoric, the art of persuasion, for intellectual, professional, and civic ends. Towards these ends, the Society has regular meetings and events, including talks, debates, and discussions, which promote rhetorical thinking, speaking, and writing. The Society believes that rhetoric touches every aspect of human culture--politics, advertising, science, literature, art, history, law--and therefore welcomes students of all majors who wish to explore the rhetorical features of their own and other disciplines.

2016-2017 Schedule

All events are free and open to the public. Persons with disabilities who may require special services should contact Disability Support Services at 410.617.2062 at least 48 hours prior to the event.

Spring 2017

Audience, Marketing, the Superbowl
A Rhetoric Society Meeting
Monday, February 27th
6pm in MD Hall 040

Rhetoric Society FlierThe students will be leading a discussion about audience using this year's Super Bowl ads (including the ones about immigration and gender inequality) to stimulate conversation.

Genres of Science and the Rhetoric of Controversy
Jeanne Fahnestock
Thursday, April 27, 3pm, Knott Hall B03
Reception to follow in Knott Hall lobby

Jeanne FahnestockDr. Jeanne Fahnestock is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Maryland, a Fellow of the Rhetoric Society of America, and a Distinguished Scholar of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. She is a world-renowned scholar in rhetorical studies, having made significant contributions to the rhetoric of science, argumentation theory, and rhetorical stylistics. Her most recent book, Rhetorical Style: The Uses of Language in Persuasion (Oxford UP, 2011), is the most comprehensive treatment of style from a rhetorical perspective published in contemporary times. In her talk, Dr. Fahnestock will explore how scientific controversies among scientists spill over into public forums through press releases, interviews, blogs, news items, and popular articles and books. Using a recent controversy over research into human longevity, she will explore the question of how the rhetorical conventions of these different genres, with their different audiences and purposes, influence the arguments presented for a particular claim. She will also consider how affected publics can deliberate responsibly about scientific issues when the expert consensus is often difficult to assess. This event is co-sponsored by the Center for the Humanities, Education for Life, and SGA.

Fall 2016

Contemplative Practice and the Writing Process
Kate Chaterdon
Monday, October 17th
6pm in MD Hall 342

Kate ChaterdonIn this presentation, Kate Chaterdon will discuss her research, which combines contemplative practices (e.g., mindfulness meditation, visualization, deep listening, etc.) and the writing process. Come and learn about some simple contemplative practices that can help alleviate stress, and facilitate the writing process.

Kate Chaterdon is a new Visiting Affiliate Assistant Professor in the Writing Department at Loyola, and a recent graduate of the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English Program at the University of Arizona. Kate’s dissertation “’Thinking Things Together’: What Contemplative Practice Can Offer Academic Writing Instruction,” explores how to best implement contemplative practices in the writing class.

Journalism Q&A and Public Debate
featuring Mike Memoli, L.A. Times Correspondent
Thursday, October 27th
3 p.m., Sellinger VIP Room (Q & A)
5 p.m. McGuire Hall (Public Debate)

Michael MemoliThe Loyola Rhetoric Society will co-sponsor two events, with Messina, on October 27th. At 3pm in Sellinger VIP, Mike Memoli, Loyola alum and LA Times White House and presidential campaign correspondent, will discuss and answer questions about his career as a reporter and the field of journalism. At 5pm in McGuire Hall, a panel of professors and students will debate election related issues, from the economy to foreign affairs, followed by remarks from Mr. Memoli. All members of the Loyola community are invited to attend and participate in these two events.

Mike Memoli is a White House and 2016 presidential campaign correspondent at the Los Angeles Times, whose Washington, D.C., bureau he has been a part of since 2010. For 11 years he has covered national politics, and he has served as a journalist for Tribune, Real Clear Politics, and NBC. A New Jersey native and an avid sports fan, he graduated from Loyola University Maryland in 2004.

For more information about the rhetoric society please contact Martin Camper, Ph.D.