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By Seth Kahn, JongHwa Lee

This volume examines the position of rhetoric in today’s tradition of democratic activism. the quantity takes on of the main major demanding situations at the moment dealing with modern rhetorical experiences: (1) the contested meanings and practices of democracy and civic engagement in international context, and (2) the significant position of rhetoric in democratic activist practices. In proposing numerous political and rhetorical struggles of their particular contexts, editors Seth Kahn and JongHwa Lee enable members to mirror on and complicated percentages for either activist ways to rhetorical experiences, and rhetorical ways to activist tasks, facilitating higher realizing the socio-political outcomes of this paintings.

With participants from well known students in conversation and composition reports, the gathering deals useful circumstances that spotlight how rhetoric mediates, constitutes, and/or intervenes in democratic rules and practices. It additionally considers theoretical questions that recognize profound voids within the rhetorical culture (e.g., Western, neo-Aristotelian, liberal) and extend the horizon of conventional rhetorical views. It advocates new wisdom and practices that additional advertise civic engagement, social switch and democracy within the international context.

Activism and Rhetoric will be applicable for students and scholars throughout disciplines, including rhetoric, composition, conversation experiences, political technological know-how, cultural stories, and women’s experiences.

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The celebration usually reached its climax in the late evening, as it did this night, when Gap-So˘k Song, the newly elected president of the student body, entered for a speech. The lighting, the music, the guards, and the speeches from other labor union representatives, all prepared us for the moment of our president’s entrance. Indeed, his heroic entrance and his uplifting, thrilling, and powerful speech proved why he was our president. ” One thing seemed clear to me: it was his speech, the moment, and the place that had more power over me than I imagined.

Likewise, many people knew that the US had supported and armed Hussein through the 1980s; suddenly he was no longer “our” dictator (Kellner). News of civilian casualties and US losses moved my friends and me to action. I had gotten married in 1988, and had a daughter, Samantha, in the fall of 1990. Despite multiple demands on our time and attention, my husband and I became involved in “Operation US Out” (OUSO), the Iowa City anti-war organization. Through icy streets and snowy skies we marched against war.

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