The Words We Use (2010 Laing Lectures)

Speaker(s): Susan Wise Bauer
Date: Nov. 3-4, 2010
Length: 5hr 31min
Product ID: RGDL4022S

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Words: threatened with extinction by an image-based culture, wielded as weapons, used as tools of manipulation. The last few decades have seen an enormous shift in the way words are used and spread. How should we respond? Should we continue to fight against the encroachment of other media on the territory of the book? How do we argue in the Internet age, when a debate can balloon overnight into an argument shared by thousands? And how do we respond to the attempts of politicians and celebrities to spin their actions through speech? Dr. Bauer explores the contemporary realm of words and consideration of the way through these questions. This lecture series also features two respondents: Maxine Hancock and John G. Stackhouse, Jr. The lectures include:

  • Disappearing Words: People of the Book in a Multimedia Age
  • Fighting Words: Right and Wrong-headed Ways to Argue
  • Shameful Words: Public Confession and Private Sins

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Susan Wise Bauer is Editor-in-chief and co-owner of Peace Hill Press. Previously she served as a history instructor at the College of William & Mary. She is author of several books, including The History of the Renaissance World: From the Rediscovery of Aristotle to the Conquest of Constantinople, The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home, and The Story of the World: History for the Classical Child.

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