May 1

Dr. Michael DePalma (Professional Writing, Baylor University) will present “Religious Rhetoric as a Course of Study: Twenty-first Century Prospects for Austin Phelps’s Rhetorical Pedagogy.” This talk draws on the final chapter of Austin Phelps and the Shaping of Sacred Rhetorical Education of Andover Theological Seminary, 1848-1879. It outlines Phelps’s notion of epideictic rhetoric and considers the ways his ideas might provide a starting point for designing composition pedagogies that invite students to mine their religious commitments and articulate their spiritual beliefs.

DePalma Flyerv2.pdf