CCSN Podcast, Soul Stirrings, “Stewarding the Stirrings of the Soul,” 5 episodes, Dr. Paul Patton

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Dear CCSN’ers, friends and colleagues. In case you missed it, you can listen to the first series in the “Soul Stirrings” podcast with Dr. Paul Patton on “Stewarding the Stirrings of the Soul.” Paul addresses how you can you can cultivate your “sacred interiority” in ways that promote spiritual formation and foster communication wisdom. Learn more about Dr. Patton here: …

Recent and Forthcoming Books in Communication, with classroom materials

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Greetings, CCSN members, subscribers, followers, and friends. Below is a list of relevant recent titles in communication that we think may be of interest to you and your students, friends, and congregants. Some of theses titles, as noted, have instructional/classroom materials available. Thanks in advance for helping us get the word out. 1. An Essential Guide to Public Speaking: Serving …

St. John Chrysostom: Identification and Communication in a Culture of Compromise

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St. John Chrysostom:  Identification and Communication in a Culture of Compromise William L. Mullen, Ph.D. Chair of Communication Studies and Professor of Communication Arts Abstract:  John Chrysostom (354 to 406 CE), literally translated as “Golden Mouth,” remains today one of the most popular preachers in church history, and is described by many as the greatest homiletic preacher or pulpit orator …

George Fox: Silence and Stillness as Communicational Ethic

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George Fox: Silence and Stillness as Communicational Ethic Douglas Gwyn Abstract: George Fox (1624 – 1691), the central figure of the early Quaker movement in seventeenth-century England, posed silent worship as a way beyond the English Reformation’s protracted conflict among truth-claims.  Through the practice of verbal silence and physical stillness, early Friends generated new forms of verbal and nonverbal communication, …

Words: 100 percent Natural Manufactured Fakes?

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Words: 100% Natural Manufactured Fakes? Guest Columnist Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric California State University, Sacramento I recently bought some frosted toaster pastries that were boldly described as “ORGANIC!” on the box.  The same store was selling organic chocolate flavored syrup. Organic frosted toaster pastries? Organic chocolate flavored syrup? I’m pretty sure this means civilization is winding down.  Nothing wrong with that. It’s …

C.S. Lewis and the Rhetoric of Glory

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C.S. Lewis and the Rhetoric of Glory Brandon Knight, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of Communication William Carey University Have you ever felt disconnected? With the presidential election looming in the not-so-distant future, politics often places feelings of discontent on display; many Americans place their hopes in nominees who will possibly bring to fruition the expectations and dreams of many. Yet the …

Blind(ed) Faith

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Blind(ed) Faith Guest Columnist Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric California State University, Sacramento A national politician recently touted his “great and unmatched wisdom” in a twitter expression. This seems as good a time as any to talk about blind faith. Blind faith is a cage-free confidence about my beliefs. Think of the cages as (what we used to call) …

Tenure-track job in Rhetoric

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TENURE-TRACK JOB IN RHETORIC California State University, Sacramento Dear RCA Colleagues, Please help me distribute this announcement as widely (and quickly) as possible. We have a very short turn around on this. Reviews of applicants begins in just a few weeks! I would love to see a host of applications from RCA members! I chair the search committee and would …

Call for SCA Panelists

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Call for panelists The Rhetoric & Public Address Division of the Southern States Communication Association invites submissions for the 2020 convention being held in Frisco, TX April 2020. The RPA Division welcomes papers and panel proposals ranging across the spectrum of approaches to rhetorical theory and criticism. Submissions related to the conference site—Frisco, TX—or the conference theme—“Disruptive Communication”—are especially encouraged. …