Communication and Culture | Public Speaking
C121 | 1779-1782 | Cynthia Duquette Smith, Ph.D.
Course Director: Professor Cynthia Duquette Smith, Ph.D.
Office: Mottier 212
C 121 at Indiana University is a contemporary course in the ancient
and practical art of rhetoric. It is founded on the premise that
rhetorical action (including the focus of our course, public
speaking) is public action. It is a course designed to help you
recognize situations in which your rhetorical action can contribute
to the well-being of a community. Each assignment and speech is an
opportunity to engage a rhetorical situation in order to (1) create
an audience out of a collection of individuals and (2) invite that
audience to understand something in a particular way or motivate
them to help resolve some problem about which you think they should
be concerned. As a contemporary student of this ancient and
practical art, you face some of the same challenges that students
have faced in similar courses that have been taught for over 2,000
years. We believe you'll find these challenges personally,
intellectually and professionally rewarding.