Trivium 202: Political Rhetoric
In Trivium 202: Political Rhetoric and the Common Good, having mastered the basic elements of written rhetoric, students advance in this semester to the more difficult art of spoken rhetoric. They study great orations, learn rhetoric at a more advanced level, and practice the arts of Memory and Delivery by giving a number of orations while the class carefully listens and responds. Students also practice the art of speaking extemporaneously, which requires that they possess the art of rhetoric not merely as a set of rules but as a habit. At the same time, students are asked to reflect on the political implications of rhetoric and to consider how rhetoric may be employed in a democratic setting to promote and preserve a free political order.