Associate Professor Lisa Villandsen
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
"Why Study 'Rhetoric' When 'Communication' Sounds So Much More Modern? The Place of Rhetoric Studies in Contemporary Academe and Beyond."
In this presentation, Lisa Villadsen gives a brief introduction to the place of rhetoric in the Danish educational system and an overview of the rhetoric program at the University of Copenhagen in order to illustrate how the richness of the rhetorical tradition can inform contemporary education. Regional and international cooperation and exchange are central to continual development of scholarly and educational efforts, and the presentation will outline some of the fora rhetoric scholars in Europe have access to, including the Rhetoric Society of Europe and the Rhetoric Society of America and these organizations' aims and activities.
CV: Lisa Villadsen is Associate Professor of Rhetoric and head of the Rhetoric section at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. She is currently Head of Studies at the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication. She has a BA in Rhetoric from University of Copenhagen, Denmark and an MA and Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University, USA. She is editor-in-chief of the journal Rhetorica Scandinavica and is on the boards of the Rhetoric Society of America the Rhetoric Society of Europe. Her research interests focus on rhetorical criticism, especially of political rhetoric and official apologies from state leaders. Together with Christian Kock, she is the editor of the volume "Rhetorical Citizenship and Public Deliberation", Penn State University Press, 2012.