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The Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication and Information at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a non-tenure-track, 3-year renewable appointment as instructor, with expertise in the following areas: public debate, deliberation, and dialogue. The position includes teaching two courses a semester (50%) in areas related to this specialization as well as the development and administration of a program in deliberation, dialogue, and noncompetitive public debate (50%) that will serve the interests of undergraduates at CU generally but especially in the newly formed College of Media, Communication and Information. The person hired into this position will be instrumental in giving the new program a distinctive shape and mission and will be responsible for program administration including overseeing relevant graduate student appointments. The program is expected to cultivate skills in, and support the practice of, deliberation, dialogue, argumentation, and debate in co-curricular sites such as the College’s Communication and Society Residential Academic Program, and with student organizations like the Multiethnic Media Organization or the Association for Women in Communications. The Program may also plan and/or partner with other campus organizations to design and conduct events that involve debate, deliberation, dialogue, and other modes of public communication.

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Friends in Rhetoric and Classics, this one’s for you.

The saying “Good artists copy, great artists steal.” gets thrown around a lot in a lot of different contexts. Apparently it’s a favorite in Washington as well. Witness the Washington Post on last week’s speech by Senator Ted Cruz, in which the Senator appropriates one of Cicero’s Cataline orations–almost word for word–to inveigh against President Obama.

At least he cites his source?

There’s a really nice breakdown of the original speech’s historical background here at the blog of classicist Charles MacNamara, to whom I owe thanks for the tip (via Twitter) about Cruz’s speech.

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From the Journal homepage:

In Greek mythology, Eris is the goddess of discord, strife, and quarrel. Aesop warned that Eris should be left undisturbed since combating Eris could cause it to intensify. However, Hesiod recognized Eris’s second nature as a force of progress and improvement, the noble competition. Argumentation and debate can regulate Eris and prioritize its second positive nature, sometimes leading to the solution or dissolution of the dispute.

The purpose of Eris is to refine and reflect on theory and practice of argumentation and debate. It seeks to attract and promote theoretical, empirical, and educational contributions on argumentation and debate from several perspectives (philosophical, rhetorical, educational, psychological, among others) with a focus on both their function to regulate conflicts and disagreements and their epistemic function.

Therefore, we invite you to submit paper proposals for the next issues of Eris. Italian, English, French and Spanish papers will be accepted for peer review.

For paper guidelines, please check the website: Eris.

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