Author Sonja Foss at H-SC April 9

April 03, 2014

Sonja FossOn Wednesday, April 9, Hampden-Sydney College hosts author Sonja Foss as she presents the lecture: "Beyond Persuasion: Toward an Invitational Rhetoric". Sonja will offer and develop an alternative form of communication to persuasion-invitational rhetoric. In contrast to traditional forms of communication that focus on changing others, invitational rhetoric has as its purpose understanding. She will explain the principles on which invitational rhetoric is based and its major communicative modes.

According to Robert DeChaine, a Professor in the Departments of Liberal Studies and Communication Studies at California State University, Sonja's work Rhetorical Criticism: Exploration and Practice "remains the consummate single-book source for how to conceive of and undertake rhetorical criticism. The chapters are concise and authoritative as they move the reader through an array of methodological approaches. This book rarely leaves my desk. Highly recommended."

Sonja K. Foss is a professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Colorado at Denver.  Her research and teaching interests are in contemporary rhetorical theory and criticism, feminist perspectives on communication, the incorporation of marginalized voices into rhetorical theory and practice, and visual rhetoric.  She is the author or coauthor of the books Feminist Rhetorical Theories, Women Speak, Rhetorical Criticism, Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric, and Inviting Transformation. Her essays in communication journals have dealt with topics such as invitational rhetoric, feminine spectatorship in Garrison Keillor's monologues, sewing as emancipatory ritual, visual argumentation, and body art.  Dr. Foss earned her Ph.D. in communication studies from Northwestern University and previously taught at Ohio State University, the University of Oregon, the University of Denver, Virginia Tech, and Norfolk State University.

Foss' lecture begins at 7:30 PM at Crawley Forum.  This event is free and open to the community.