Rhetoric and reasoning program open to students
The James Madison chapter (Virginia Gamma) of Phi Sigma Tau, the International Honor Society in Philosophy, has received a program grant of $5,000 from the JMU student Government Association for a semester-long program in spring 2013. The theme of the program is "Rhetoric and Reasoning in the Liberal Arts."
The program will include four speakers of national reputation, each speaking on a specific discipline: science, art, literature and philosophy. There will be two workshops held in this program, one on oral argumentation and debate and one on written argumentation. Each will host up to 100 students. Members of the nationally competitive JMU Debate Team will lead the workshop on oral argumentation. The written argumentation workshop will involve professors from the Department of Philosophy and Religion and the School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.
Co-presidents of the Virginia Gamma Chapter are philosophy majors, Marie Eszenyi and John Knetemann. Professor Anne Wiles is the advisor of the chapter. Full details of the program, including opportunities for student participation, will be available early in the spring semester.
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Dec. 12, 2012