QU Alumni Association organizes a webinar on communication contexts

Dr. Emad Abdul-Latif

The Culture and Arts section of the Qatar University Alumni Association (QU) organized a cultural webinar titled: “The Rhetorical Empowerment of the Public”.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Emad Abdul-Latif, Professor of Rhetoric and Discourse Analysis at the College of Arts and Sciences – QU.

The webinar was moderated by Kholeh Mortaza Mortazawi, President of the Culture and Arts Section. The webinar provides diverse examples of audience empowerment through rhetoric across multiple communication contexts and historical eras. It also offers strategies for teaching public speaking skills in schools and universities to equip students with the skills they need to become rhetorical audiences.

Commenting on the webinar, Amna Abdulkarim, Vice President of Culture and Arts Section, QU Alumni Association, said, “We chose this topic because it is an area of ​​knowledge that has been developed by the recent studies of the Dr. Emad Abdul-Latif, one of the leading faculty members at Qatar University in this field.It is a science that studies the relationship between discourse construction and performance on the one hand, and the public responses on the other hand.

“To enable audiences to produce eloquent responses, through which they can detect and resist forms of speech abuse such as racism, hate, manipulation, discrimination, oppression and subjugation through eloquent responses that achieve the communication objectives of the audience, and push speakers – individuals or institutions – to monitor their speeches, streamline them and make them more just, noble, humane to train the audience for eloquent responses,” added Amna .

For his part, Dr. Abdul-Latif said, “For audiences to become eloquent, they must have knowledge and practice differentiating between manipulative speech intended to control and manage it, and liberated speech aimed at achieving free communication, employing deceptions, falsifications. , and deception as tools. This understanding helps to identify biases, exaggerations, errors, paradoxes of reality and internal contradictions in the discourse and the functions it aims to perform. We call a speech or speaker “eloquent” if it is beautiful, compelling and influential. We call a person “eloquent” if they are good at speaking or writing beautiful, persuasive and influential speeches. How can someone be eloquent if they can only make limited responses like interrupting, showing admiration or disapproval by shouting or clapping, or asking a question or making other responses if the speech is delivered orally.

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