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Providence College: Will Rhetoric Save or Destroy Democracy? An Introduction to Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric

March 25, 2022

Aristotle by Rembrandt

On March 25, 2022, the Frederick Douglass Project at Providence College hosted Robert C. Bartlett for a lecture on democracy and Aristotle’s Art of Rhetoric.

Friday, March 25, 2022
Providence College

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Robert BartlettRobert C. Bartlett is the Behrakis Professor in Hellenic Political Studies at Boston College. His principal area of research is classical political philosophy, with particular attention to the thinkers of ancient Hellas, including Thucydides, Plato, Xenophon, and Aristotle. Professor Bartlett has published articles in the American Political Science Review, American Journal of Politics, Journal of Politics, Review of Politics, and other leading scholarly journals. He is the author or editor of seven books, including The Idea of Enlightenment, Plato’s Protagoras and Meno, and Xenophon’s The Shorter Socratic Writings. He is also the co-translator of an edition of Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics (University of Chicago Press, 2011). Before coming to Boston College, Robert Bartlett served as the Arthur M. Blank/National Endowment for the Humanities Distinguished Teaching Professor at Emory University.

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From the program

The Frederick Douglass Project is an initiative of the Humanities Program at Providence College, with support from the Jack Miller Center, which aims to cultivate in students the skills of reasoned debate and persuasion necessary for a healthy and free society. The Frederick Douglass Project promotes a greater understanding of the importance of rational disputation and persuasion in our democracy, and offers students the opportunity to practice those arts. To that end, it sponsors a series of speaker events and writing workshops culminating in a persuasive Essay & Public Speaking contest held in the Spring semester.

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