March 14, 2019

Forty years ago, a cornerstone of the Hampden-Sydney College academic experience was established, creating a legacy that we celebrate this week: the 40th Anniversary of the Rhetoric Program.

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Over three days, the College will host guest experts in the fields of journalism and public history as well as an alumni panel that will discuss the impact of the Rhetoric Program on their careers. The events will lead up to the annual Rhetoric Proficiency Exam required of all Hampden-Sydney students, while alumni gather in locations throughout the country to celebrate this shared “write” of passage.

The cornerstone of the H-SC academic experience is the belief that there is nothing more valuable than teaching young men how to express themselves clearly and confidently.

Tuesday, March 19

Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Lecture:
Problematizing* Academic Freedom in a Global Society
*and why it pains me to use that word
a lecture by Mary Beth Marklein, higher education journalist

7 PM in Crawley Forum

Thursday, March 21

The John A. Memorial Speakers Series Lecture:
Drayton Hall, Hampden-Sydney, and our shared American History
Discovering the Past and Inspiring the Future
a lecture by Dr. Carter Hudgins ’00, President and CEO of Drayton Hall Preservation Trust

7 PM in the Chairman’s Room, Settle Hall

Friday, March 22

Rhetoric at Work
a panel discussion
moderated by Elliott Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Kristian Hargadon ‘01

H-SC alumni from the fields of law, entrepreneurship, business, public relations, sports, historic preservation/archaeology, and journalism discuss the impact of the Rhetoric Program on their careers.

Alumni Panelists:
Michael Chevalier '82 (Business Analytics, Economics)
Peebles Harrison '89 (Law)
Griff Aldrich '96 (Athletics, Law, Investment)
Carter Hudgins '00 (Historic Preservation, Archaeology)
Matthew Philips '01 (Journalism)
Leland Rice '01 (Communications, Entrepreneurship)
Monti Mercer '06 (Science, Public Relations)
Cameron Marshall '12 (Public Affairs, Alumni Relations)

4 PM in Bortz Library, 4 th Floor

Tuesday, March 26

Rhetoric Proficiency Exam for students
Hampden-Sydney College

Rhetoric Proficiency Exam Toast for alumni
locations throughout the country


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