Rhetoric scholar to speak at NWC

Dr. Richard Leo Enos, professor of English at Texas Christian University and a leading scholar on the history of rhetoric, will be a guest speaker in Northwestern College’s Christ Chapel Monday, April 27, at 10:05 a.m. and Tuesday, April 28, at 11:05 a.m. under the auspices of the Ronald R. Nelson Scholars and Artists in Residence Program. The public is invited to attend.

His topic for Monday’s service will be “Why Michelangelo Studied Cadavers: The ‘Dunamis’ of Genius.” On Tuesday he will speak about “What St. Augustine Learned From the Pagans: The Spiritual and Spirited Dimensions of Rhetoric.”

Enos will also be speaking in a History and Theory of Rhetoric class, taught by Dr. Joonna Trapp, associate professor of English. His topic will be “The Archaeology of Rhetoric: Fieldwork in Greece and Italy.” He will also speak at a luncheon for Northwestern faculty during his visit.

A recent recipient of the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition, Enos is an active professor of English at Texas Christian (TCU) as well as a participating member of Brite Divinity School. He also serves on the managing committee of The American School of Classical Studies at Athens. The 2006 recipient of the George Yoos Distinguished Service Award from the Rhetoric Society of America, Enos also won TCU’s 2008 Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Achievement as a Creative Teacher and Scholar.

The author of several books and articles, Enos’s most recent books are The Rhetoric of St. Augustine of Hippo: De Doctrina Christiana and the Search for a Distinctly Christian Rhetoric, which was co-authored with Roger Thompson, and Roman Rhetoric: Revolution and the Greek Influence.

Enos earned doctoral and master’s degrees at Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree at California State-East Bay, formerly California State-Hayward.