The Ferguson Center
for Public Speaking
Claire E. Deal
Associate Professor of Rhetoric
Morton Hall, 114
Make your mark.
Speak your mind.
Change the world.
"Because there has been implanted in us the power to persuade each other and to make clear to each other whatever we desire, . . . we have come together and founded cities and made laws and invented arts; and generally speaking, there is no institution devised by man which the power of speech has not helped to establish."
Ready to get serious?
Human communication is a powerful and complex process; it is a combination of art, science, and skill. As such, it can be learned, practiced, and improved. In Rhetoric 210(Public Speaking) students study the five classical rhetorical canons as well as contemporary empirical research on communication and cultural, demographic, and individual diversity. Frequent practice in preparing and presenting speeches enables students to learn techniques for adapting to the rhetorical situation, managing anxiety, and speaking ethically in both informative and persuasive contexts.
For more information on course content and requirements, see the attached Rhetoric 210 Syllabus or stop by the Ferguson Center housed in the Bortz Library (main entrance and turn left) to talk with Professor Deal, Rhetoric 210 instructor.