A leading scholar in the histories of literacy and rhetoric, Dr. Richard Leo Enos will visit Collin College as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at 7 p.m. on April 9 at the Preston Ridge Campus Conference Center in Frisco.

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

With research concentrated in classical rhetoric and an emphasis on the relationship between oral and written discourse, Enos examines artifacts dealing with ancient writing at archaeological sites. He is currently an English professor at Texas Christian University, a State of Texas Piper Professor and holder of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition.

He is the founding editor of “Advances in the History of Rhetoric,” the annual research publication of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, and the co-editor of “Advances in the History of Rhetoric: The First Six Years.” Enos also is the author of “Roman Rhetoric: Revolution and the Greek Influence” (2008), “Greek Rhetoric Before Aristotle” (revised and expanded edition, 2012), “The Literate Mode of Cicero's Legal Rhetoric” (1987) and “The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo” (1987).

In addition, Enos 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.

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 hosting one of America’s leading historians of rhetoric and an award-winning teacher-scholar,” 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.”

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


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