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C121 Public Speaking

posted Aug 22, 2011, 8:25 AM by Mack Hagood
This fall I am excited to be teaching public speaking for the first time at IU. I'll be sharing acting tips and techniques I learned while getting my B.A. in Drama and Speech. Just like acting, public speaking is about creating an effective persona and connecting with your audience. We'll also learn how to use mindfulness meditation to instill calm and confidence.

Here's the course description:

C121 at Indiana University is a contemporary course in the art of rhetoric. What is rhetoric? Gerard A. Hauser (University of Colorado) is as follows: 

"Rhetoric is an instrumental use of language. One person engages another person in an exchange of symbols to accomplish some goal. It is not communication for communication's sake. Rhetoric is communication that attempts to coordinate social action. For this reason, rhetorical communication is explicitly pragmatic. Its goal is to influence human choices on specific matters that require immediate attention."

C121 works from this view of rhetoric as communication directed toward social action. In this course, you will learn how to recognize situations in which your rhetorical action (e.g., speaking, writing) can contribute to the well being of a community. 

Each assignment in C121 is an opportunity to bring an audience together not just physically, but psychologically and emotionally through your use of language, delivery, research, and many other speaking resources. Moreover, you’ll then be able to help your audience understand events or issues and motivate them to help resolve current social problems.

Wherever your future path leads, you’ll find public speaking is an indispensable resource.