More helps for Classical Educators; at Home and in the Parish
Disclaimer: The first items are miscellany from my undergraduate and graduate days. This is, on the one hand, a vain thing to do. On the other hand, I have selected those works, essays and lecture notes that I expect will be of most use to you. I assume that, if I make available to you things that were important to me as I was forming my views about rhetoric, they will speak to you better than the heady works I have published in academic journals since.
- Dusty Lecture Notes
- A Quasi-Platonic Dialogue I Wrote
- Reflections on Rhetoric from Richard M. Weaver
- Adam Smith’s Lectures on Rhetoric
- An Abstract of St. Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana
- A Passage on Dialectic
- A paper about lessons for “culture shapers” from Dostoevsky’s three great novels (recently revised)
- “Five Facets of Phronesis in Rhetorical Reasoning” (not for the faint hearted)
- An old poetry/prose program based on Merlin’s portrayal in C.S. Lewis’s That Hideous Strength viz. Tennyson’s “Merlin and the Gleam”
- “Restoring Rhetorical Invention in Theory and Practice”
- “Toward a Rhetorical Ethics”
- Read my reflection on John Henry Newman’s contribution to understanding rhetorical reasoning.
- My article on casuistry (first published in the Oxford Encyclopedia of Rhetoric)
More recent items:
*Over time, I have had increasing opportunities to serve classical educators, teaching how to teach the trivium. As a result, the links that follow will be of more practical utility than the tidbits above, drawn as those are, from random graduate school files! :o)
- Read my best cultural critique ever (delivered at CCLE VIII at Patrick Henry College, 2008). CEQ 2 III, Sept. 2008, pp. 1-8.
- Read my Eastertide 2102 Logia piece, “Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in Thought, Word, and Deed”
- A CCLE Conference Workbook and Advanced Readings in Rhetoric
- “The Thrill is Gone: Rediscovering Pathos and Style in Debate”
- Read “Teach Your Child to Think Like a Lutheran,” a little thinkpiece I wrote for the Lutheran Witness.
- Listen to an Issues, Etc. podcast that came about because of the Lutheran Witness piece
- An even better, more recent Issues, Etc. podcast!
- A talk I gave to PHC’s Wilberforce Society about winning hearts and minds vs. winning an argument
- Another PHC talk on lessons from Weaver on being a “doctor of culture”
- “Pre-modern Pedagogy for Postmodern Pupils” (presented at CCLE XI, Summer 2011)
- “Reclaiming the Education of our Lutheran Heritage” (presented at CCLE XIV, Summer 2014)
- Published here in the September 2014 issue of the Classical Lutheran Education Journal.
- “On Making Rhetoric Great Again” -or- “The Promise of Rhetorical Studies” (presented at CCLE XVII, Summer 2016) audio files
- Reflections from a Headmaster
- Two-part video taped lecture delivered at Ethos Debate Club, Austin TX, 11/2016 (pt. 1 & pt. 2)
- Dialectic: Not Just a Game for Schoolboys
- “Greatest Hits” from Wittenberg Academy’s “Ninety-Sixth Thesis” newsletter:
- Tuesdays with Tallmon (TwT) Summer Seminars in Rhetoric
- My paper on the role of rhetoric in “Ordering the Loves” delivered at CCLE XIX.
- Listen here to our Celebration of Student Oratory from Rhetoric III (Advanced Public Speaking) May 2020.
- “Doctors of Culture” Wittenberg Hour podcast featuring the all-stars of the 2020 Celebration of Student Oratory!
- “Exploring Weaver” a series of Wittenberg Hour podcasts (Summer 2020, episodes 4-10)
- “Where Orality Abides, Rhetoric Thrives” a virtual conference presentation from The Society for Classical Learning’s “Covid Conference” 2020.