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Campaign Rhetoric 2016

Dr. David Zarefsky, Emeritus Professor, Department of Communication Studies at Northwestern University, will speak on the topic, Campaign Rhetoric 2016.  Professor Zarefsky returns for another pre-election discussion.  Among the questions he will take up are: Why is this year’s election campaign so strange?  Has there ever been anything like it?  What can we learn from it?  What have been the key moments?  What is the role of third parties?  What consequences can we predict if either of the major candidates wins?  He will also consider the broader implications for value-based arguments inpolitics, the place of government in America, and America's role in the world.

David Zarefsky is Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Argumentation and Debate and Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies at Northwestern University,.  His research and teaching interests center on public argument in U.S. politics, both historical and contemporary.  His specialty is the rhetoric of Abraham Lincoln.  He is the author, coauthor, or editor of ten books and over 120 book chapters and journal articles.  He is a former president of both the National Communication Association and the Rhetoric Society of America and has won research and service awards from both organizations.

This week's service will be held in the Meskill Room, Mallinckrodt Community Center, 1041 A Ridge Road, Wilmette.  From Ridge Avenue, turn into Mallinckrodt's south driveway and park in the south lot.  Enter the building via the south side ground level door.