‘Tis the season for political rhetoric. In response to this incessant chatter, on Tuesday, October 16th, Gerald Haslam, BC alumnus and well-known writer and scholar, will present two talks on Language and Politics. He will discuss many of the tricks and fallacies used in political speeches and advertising, such as stereotypes and either/or reasoning. As he points out, these have been too often used in dictatorships and democracies, making truth the loser.
He will give two presentations, one at 10 a.m. and another at 7 p.m. in the Norman Levan Center for the Humanities. Please let your students, friends, and colleagues know about what promises to be a “mince no words” talk with many vivid examples from recent world and American history. Gerald Haslam is professor emeritus of English at Sonoma State University and the author of many books, including Many Californias: Literature from the Golden State, and, most recently, In Thought and Action, a biography of S.I. Hayakawa, which will be available for purchase and signing at the evening presentation.
The talks are open to the public with free admission and parking. For information call 661-395-4339.