Speaking to fulfill Duquesne University's faith and reason
Arnett, Ronald C. Speaking to fulfill Duquesne University's faith and reason. 2017
In this document, the authors address how the Public Speaking course at Duquesne University exempliﬁes faith and reason teaching. The authors have aimed at different points in time to include materials related to the Spiritan Congregation of the Holy Spirit as the founders of Duquesne University. The Catholic Intellectual Tradition has faith and reason at its heart. The authors have tried to weave these themes together through readings and our rationale by regularly updating the course to strive for students to recognize their ground and consider faith and reason issues. This document extends these materials by addressing the following award criteria: 1)The quality, topicality and rigor in the knowledge of the speciﬁc science: as a course developed and offered by the Department of Communication & Rhetorical Studies, they work from a faith and reason perspective articulated within the Catholic Intellectual Tradition and attentive to narrative ground. Students consider these connections in their midterm and ﬁnal exams as well as in class discussion, a speech evaluation paper due at the end of the semester, and a ﬁnal speechwriter’s speech written from the position of either Dorothy Day or Pope Francis. 2) The transdisciplinary and unifying vision which allows for a true unity of knowledge: as a core curriculum course offered by Duquesne University, Public Speaking clases are composed of students across various majors and academic years. 3) The soundness of the anthropological, epistemological, ethical and meaning foundations encourages students to consider anthropological, epistemological, ethical, and meaning foundations. Throughout the course, students consider how faith and reason and narrative background inform them as they speak in the public domain. 4) The Public Speaking course has assigned the following works: Pope Francis’s Lumen Fidei, Pope John Paul II’s Fides et Ratio, Robert Coles’s Dorothy Day: A Radical Devotion, Thomas Merton’s Seven Storey Mountain, Henry Koren’s Spiritan Anthology and Old Testament. 5) The clarity of the underlying approach and its pedagogical suitability. The underlying approach of the Public Speaking as a faith and reason course follows the position that the relationship between faith and reason informs our search for truth and our attempt to respond to issues in our public and private lives. 6) The originality of the proposed teaching/learning methodologies. While the connection between faith and reason and public speaking is natural and fruitful, it is an original and distinct connection within higher education.