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The McKelvy House Scholars invite the campus to join a dinner discussion of “The Powerful Thrust of Language on Civic Arousal” Wednesday evening.

The meal will begin 6 p.m. at McKelvy House, 200 High Street. Led by Jesslyn Roebuck ’06 (Montgomery, N.Y.), a double major in English and international affairs, the discussion will start at 6:30 p.m.

The evening will be an exploration of the role of language in producing or mobilizing civil action, says Roebuck.

“Some things to think about: The power of language in its various forms (spoken, written, symbolic) and how this influences civic action. How are the connections and associations with charged words manipulated by different action groups in order to encourage social change, both positive and negative? Does writing about an issue constitute civic action?
Those are some questions,” she notes.

Roebuck asks participants to write down an issue, either on campus or in the Easton community “that you have ‘beef’ with” and bring it to the discussion.

Links to web sites that prompt further thought on the topic, as well as more information about the McKelvy House Scholars program, are available on the group’s blog web site.

Since 1962, the McKelvy House Scholars program has brought together Lafayette students with a wide range of majors and interests to reside in a historic off-campus house and share in intellectual and social activities. Sunday dinner discussions that engage the students in debate and exchange of ideas are the hallmark of the program; several Wednesday discussions have been added this school year. Most members also contribute to the annual McKelvy Papers, written on a topic of each person’s choice. McKelvy Scholars participate in activities together such as field trips to plays, concerts, and exhibits, and sponsor events for the campus as well.

Past discussions
Sept. 14 — Apathy
Sept. 11 — Why Do We Care about One Another?
Sept. 4 — Oil
Previous years

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