Centre for Research in Reasoning, Argumentation & Rhetoric along with the PhD in Argumentation Studies at the University of Windsor invite you to a talk by
Pacific Lutheran University
“The Parkland Kid’s Sound Tactics”
On February 14th, 2018 Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, opened fire, killing 17, and injuring many others. Students convened a massive, nationally televised, public protest event in response (March For Our Lives). Emma Gonzalez, a survivor of the shooting, gave the last speech of the event. The central moment of her speech was an abrupt turn to silence lasting the exact amount of time as the school shooting providing evidence of what it felt like to be there and persuading them of the need for meaningful gun reform. I contend that this use of silence constituted a powerful form of public argument that I call a sound tactic, which uses relations of time and intensity to emplace in the school. I will use this case study to advance an understanding of sound tactics and the potential for rhetorical invention.
Friday, March 19, 2021
Weekly presentations conducted via Zoom. All those interested should contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Zoom link.