English and World Languages Lecture Series
Please note that the lectures are open seating events. RSVP to help with planning and organization, and please arrive early for seating.
“Argue Like an Ancient Greek”
Tuesday, February 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented 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.
Note: we anticipate being at full capacity for this lecture, therefore there will be no further RSVP for "Argue Like an Ancient Greek".
"History in Whose Image"
Tuesday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented by: 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.
“It's All in a Name”
Tuesday, April 9 at 6:00 p.m.
Presented 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.
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