Faculty Workshop: “A Speech is a Dialogue”

Faculty Workshop: “A Speech is a Dialogue”: Dartmouth’s Historical/Modern Approach to Public Speaking

Presenter: Associate Professor Josh Compton

Location: DCAL, Baker Library Room 102

Date / Time: 2-28-19 / 12:15pm-1:45pm


Dartmouth has long treated public speaking as something more than simple skills training, but instead, as a rich, historic, foundational liberal art, and that approach continues to this day. This session will survey some of this tradition, including the discipline-shifting work of James Winans, Professor of Public Speaking at Dartmouth (1920-1942), who argued that studying public speaking must be more than learning rules, but instead, treated as an academic, intellectual endeavor. Josh Compton, Associate Professor, will show how this core argument informs his Speech 20: Public Speaking course, and he will lead a discussion of how this approach to public speaking can encourage better student speeches in any class—or more broadly, in any public speaking context.

Lunch will be provided.

RSVP by 2-26-19 at:   https://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/5132104