Internationally Recognized Rhetoric Expert to speak at Southern Miss

Internationally Recognized Rhetoric Expert to speak at Southern Miss

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi

Professor Laurent Pernot, a specialist in ancient Greek rhetoric, will make presentations at The University of Southern Mississippi on the continued importance of ancient rhetoric to modern issues Friday, Mar. 4 at 2 p.m. in Gonzales Auditorium; Monday, Mar. 7, 5:30 p.m. in the International Center room 101; and Tuesday, March 8, 6:30 p.m. in the International Center, room 101.

His lecture March 4 will cover "Rhetoric for Ancient Philosophy: Plato, Aristotle and Marcus Aurelius" and is presented by the Philosophical Fridays lecture series and made possible by generous support from Mississippi Humanities Council. His lecture on Monday, March 7 is titled "What is Free Speech: Michael Foucault Answers for the Greeks," and is sponsored by the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Department of Communication Studies. On Tuesday, March 8, Pernot will offer "To Speak, Saying Nothing? The Unknown Benefits of Ceremonial Praise." This event is sponsored by USM Honors College.

"He gladly spoke to our Chateau students this last spring in Strasbourg," said Jameela Lares, Southern Miss professor of English. "I have known him through the International Society for the History of Rhetoric for over 20 years, and he has always been a remarkably genial and supportive colleague, helping to put me on the international map and therefore to bring honor to Southern Miss as well."

Pernot, a top-ranked scholar in the French academic system, graduated from the prestigious École Normale Supérieure and the Sorbonne. He is also a past president of the International Society for the History of Rhetoric, executive editor of the book series International Studies in the History of Rhetoric, and most notably a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, one of the five academies of the Institut de France, which also houses the Académie Française.

With more than 100 publications, Pernot's work is known worldwide. "I am not boasting when I say that we are very lucky that Laurent Pernot is coming to speak at Southern Miss," said Dr. Andrew Haley, University Forum Director and associate professor of history at Southern Miss. "It is a great opportunity to hear from one of the world's experts on rhetoric."

For more information on the upcoming events featuring Professor Laurent Pernot, contact Ashlea Maddox at 601.266.4315 or