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Howard Community College Lecture Series Features Talks By English and World Languages Faculty

Persuasion, Historical Middle Eastern Novels, and Names Among Timely Topics
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Columbia, MD – Howard Community College (HCC) will host a series of talks by English and world languages faculty who will address topics designed to enhance knowledge about today’s world. At the conclusion of each lecture, the faculty presenter will take questions from the audience.

Each lecture starts at 6 p.m. in the Monteabaro Recital Hall, located within the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) at HCC. While free and open to the public, seating is limited, so guests are asked to RSVP at

Tuesday, February 12
“Argue Like an Ancient Greek” – Talk by Stacy Korbelak, professor of English
Sponsored by Ken and Linda Solow

Whether you find yourself trying to persuade a Facebook friend, a local politician, or your supervisor, using Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion from the 4th century BC is still a good place to start. In this divisive age, it’s important to utilize Aristotle’s three modes of persuasion strategically and avoid our own argument blind spots whenever we advocate for what we believe or need. Learn about your own AQ (argument quotient) and how to effect change. 

Tuesday, March 12
“History in Whose Image” – Talk by Dr. Abdelrahim Salih, professor of Arabic, and David Buck, professor of English 
Literary efforts in the Middle East to reinterpret and reinvestigate the history of religious events are often challenged by religious dogma, fierce ideologues, and authoritative regimes. In recent decades, historical novels have emerged as a creative solution to exploring the true nature of the past. Historical novelists often convert historical figures into historical characters who speak freely despite the strict anchors of the official historical record. This talk serves as an exploration of historical Middle Eastern novels and how their insight into the past serves to enlighten life today.

Tuesday, April 9
“It’s All in a Name” – Talk by Laura Yoo, professor of English 
Throughout Howard County, we live, work, and study in diverse communities. We speak many different languages, practice different customs and rituals, come from all over the world, and have many different names. Our names are intricately tied to our families, cultures, and languages, and play an essential role in the way people view each other. This talk will discuss how making conscientious efforts to learn names can spark conversation and enrich the multicultural experience. 

Howard Community College is located at 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland. For more information and directions to the college, visit

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