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SVC Center to Present Lecture on 'Audience as Citizens' Jan. 30

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Posted: Wednesday Jan 23, 2013

Jan. 23, 2013

The Center for Political and Economic Thought will present a lecture by author Dr. Martin Medhurst in its Government and Political Education Lecture Series at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the Fred M. Rogers Center at Saint Vincent College. His talk is entitled “The Audience as Citizens.” Admission is free and open to the public.

Medhurst is the author or editor of 13 books including, most recently, The Prospect of Presidential Rhetoric (with James Arnt Aune), Before the Rhetorical Presidency, and Words of a Century: The Top 100 American Speeches, 1900-1999 (with Stephen E. Lucas).

He is the author of more than 85 articles and chapters in scholarly journals and books.

His work has appeared in The Quarterly Journal of Speech, Communication Monographs, Critical Studies in Mass Communication, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Armed Forces and Society, and the Journal of Church and State, among other outlets.

Medhurst has been recognized with several national awards, including the Marie Hochmuth Nichols Award, the Paul Boase Prize for Scholarship, the Religious Communication Association’s Scholar of the Year Award, the Michael Osborn Teacher/Scholar Award, the Julia T. Wood Teacher/Scholar Award, the National Communication Association’s Golden Anniversary Monograph Award and the NCA Distinguished Scholar Award.

He is also the founder and editor of the award-winning interdisciplinary quarterly Rhetoric & Public Affairs, now in its 16th year of publication. In addition, Medhurst is the founder and series editor of the Rhetoric and Public Affairs book series at Michigan State University Press, founder and former editor of the Rhetoric and Religion book series at Baylor University Press and the Presidential Rhetoric Series at Texas A&M University Press. He also serves as the general supervisory editor of the ten volume Rhetorical History of the United States, currently in progress at Michigan State University Press.

The Center for Political and Economic Thought is an interdisciplinary public affairs institution of Saint Vincent College. It sponsors research and education programs, primarily in the fields of politics, economics and moral-cultural affairs. The Center seeks to advance scholarship on philosophical and policy concerns related to freedom and Western civilization with particular regard to the American experience. The Center was founded in 1991 as an outgrowth of the Alex G. McKenna Economic Education Series, which was launched in 1986.

The Center’s programs include: The Alex G. McKenna Economic Education Series, the Government and Political Education Series, the Civitas Forum on Principles and Policies for Public Life, Culture and Policy Conferences, and Scholarships and Fellowships. In addition, the Center supports research and educational activities through its staff and it produces numerous publications.

The Center is a part of the Alex G. McKenna School of Business, Economics, and Government.

For more information, contact the Center for Political and Economic Thought at Saint Vincent College by contacting Mary Beth McConahey, program manager, marybeth.mcconahey@email.stvincent.edu.

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