CFP: Rhetoric in the Jesuit Tradition: Looking Forward (8/25/05; RSA, 5/26/06-5/29/06)

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Peters, Dr. K. J.
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Rhetoric Society of America Panel Title:
Rhetoric and the Jesuit Tradition: Looking Forward

Summary: Rhetorical theory and practice holds a prominent place in the history and tradition of Jesuit educational and spiritual missions. Today, the promotion of social justice and the service of faith remains the work of persuasion. Looking forward, the Jesuit order, Jesuit trained scholars, and the faculty of Jesuit universities will continue to confront issues of social justice. However, Jesuit education does not appear to emphasize rhetoric as it did when the Ratio Studiorum was the standard educational guide. This panel poses two questions. How will the historical relationship between the Jesuit order and rhetoric be projected into the future? What place will rhetorical theory and practice have within recent reformulations of the mission of Jesuit higher education? Scholars are invited to submit papers that explore the deployment of rhetorical theory and practice in the Jesuit mission, the Jesuit university, and within the socially responsible higher education of tomo!
 rrow. Potential topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

¡üHow can rhetorical education and composition studies in the Jesuit environment best prepare students for the challenges of the current age?
¡üLinking the Jesuit tradition of open inquiry to the revitalization of rhetorical education.
¡üWhat does Eloquentia Perfecta mean for contemporary rhetorical
¡üWhat are the benefits and challenges of teaching rhetoric within a
strong and valued tradition of rhetoric? How does this valuing of the
tradition enable and constrain teachers of rhetoric and composition?
¡üThe question of character and moral formation in the modern, pluralistic Jesuit University. What is the role of rhetorical study?
¡üUniting speaking and writing, communication and composition in Jesuit education.
¡üHow should the Jesuit tradition inform rhetorical education and composition
¡üHow does the "Jesuit" name reflect the character and pedagogy of rhetoric and composition teachers? What value and significance does the "Jesuit"
brand name have for the work of teachers?
¡üCan principles of the Ratio Studiorum find a place in contemporary pedagogy? Is a new Ratio Studiorum called for and what would it look like?

Send 250-300 word abstracts by August 25th, 2005 to Dr. K.J. Peters, Department of English, One LMU Dr. Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA 90045 or

Dr. K.J. Peters
Director of Freshman English
Department of English
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659

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