DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES: LITERACY AND THE ANCIENT WORLD

csce-logoOne may not initially link literacy and archeology, but with research concentrated in classical rhetoric, Dr. Richard Leo Enos, a leading scholar in the histories of literacy and rhetoric, spends his days examining artifacts dealing with ancient writing at archaeological sites.

The current Texas Christian University English professor will visit Collin College’s Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center (9700 Wade Blvd. in Frisco) at 7 p.m. on April 9 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series.

There, Enos will give his lecture  “Classical Rhetoric: The Six Most Astounding Discoveries About Literacy in the Ancient World in the Last 100 Years,” which focuses on literacy, the ancient Greek and Roman worlds, and how ancient rhetoric applies to society today.

Dr. Carlton Clark, English professor at Collin College, said the college is very excited about Enos’ lecture, as it appeals to a wide audience.

“For the last several months, we’ve been looking forward to having one of America’s leading historians of rhetoric and an award-winning teacher-scholar on campus,” Clark said. “We feel certain that this lecture will be of interest to anyone interested in education, literacy and the history of literacy, Greek and Roman history, the education of women in antiquity—or to anyone who just wants to learn something new.”

In addition to his well-published written work, Enos also is a State of Texas Piper Professor and holder of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition. He is a past president of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric and the Rhetoric Society of America. He received the Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) George E. Yoos Award Distinguished Service and was inducted as an RSA Fellow in 2006.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://www.collin.edu/academics/csce/distinguishedspeakerseries.html.

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