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.Debra Hawhee Lecture Series
In her keynote address on March 8th at 7 pm, “Imagining Our Shared Future: Rhetoric, Deliberation, and Democratic Life,” Professor 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.
On March 10th at 7:30 pm, Professor Hawhee will present, “The Original Scholar-Athlete: Athletics & Rhetoric in Ancient Greece.” The gymnasium in ancient Athens served as the training ground for wrestlers and boxers as well as for orators and statesmen. This talk will share the curious early connections between athletic and rhetorical education, connections that Professor Debra Hawhee first noticed when she herself was finishing up her career as a division one athlete.
Finally, Professor Hawhee will join the DCI and Davidson Writing Program in an informal chat on March 11th at 12 pm, “A Conversation with Debra Hawhee.” 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.