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October 2009 - Dean and Rove Debate Healthcare

Howard Dean and Karl Rove - Debate on Healthcare

Howard Dean and Karl Rove

Dean (former Governor of Vermont and Chairman of the Democratic National Committee) and Rove (former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush) came to Eisenhower Auditorium to give a joint lecture on the topic of healthcare.

The Center for Democratic Deliberation was a co-sponsor of this event.  CDD co-director J. Michael Hogan and the CDD Graduate Fellows had the opportunity to visit with both Rove and Dean during their visit. 


Karl Rove   


Howard Dean

March 2010 - Cheryl Glenn Visits Norway


Cheryl GlennCDD co-director Cheryl Glenn recently gave two lectures on rhetoric and gender at the Norwegian School of Business in Oslo. Read more about these lectures here (Google translation).

March 2010 - Professor Karen Tracy

The Center for Democratic Deliberation welcomed Professor Karen Tracy, University of Colorado, Boulder to speak to the Penn State community on March 19 and 20, 2010. . Professor Tracy is the inaugural author in the CDD’s new book series with the Penn State University Press, “Rhetoric and Democratic Deliberation.” Tracy discussed her forthcoming book, Challenges of Ordinary Democracy, on Friday, March 19 and was the featured speaker at a Rhetoric Reading Group meeting on March 20th.

March 2010 - Debate Society Public Debate

A Penn State Debate Society public debate was held on March 31st at 7 pm in 104 Thomas Building. The topic of the parliamentary style debate was Resolved: that the drinking age of 21 is a failed policy. Three speakers represented the government (pro) and three represented the opposition.

March 2010 - Salazar Delivers Burke Lecture

The Eighteenth Annual Kenneth Burke Lecture in Rhetoric featured speaker, Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, University of Cape Town. Professor Salazar's talk, "Managing the Public: Melancholy Remarks on Rhetorical Technologies" was held in Alumni Lounge of the Nittany Lion Inn on Saturday, March 27th at 7:00 pm.



Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric, Philippe-Joseph Salazar

March 2010 - IAH "Moments of Change" Symposium

March 2010

The Institute for the Arts and Humanities and the Center for Democratic Deliberation co-hosted a "Moments of Change" Symposium, "The Rhetorical Presidency of the Early Republic." The event was held at the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium on Friday, March 26 from 9:00 am-4:30 pm.

Featured speakers included:

Stephen H. Browne (Penn State University)
Christopher Castiglia (Penn State University)
Stephen Hartnett (University of Colorado, Denver)
William Pencak (Penn State University)
Philippe-Joseph Salazar (University of Cape Town)
C. Jan Swearingen (Texas A&M University)


Discussing "virtue"