Eloquence and the Progymnasmata

Christopher Schlect June 6, 2016

Presented at:
SCL Conference 2016


How do you make students eloquent? It is one thing to theorize about eloquence; it is another thing altogether for students to attain it. This practical workshop will demonstrate basic exercises that date back to the days of Cicero, and will offer suggestions about how to adapt these exercises to today’s classrooms. These ancient exercises are more practical and adaptable than you might think!


Cicero exercises practical Students


Christopher Schlect
Christopher Schlect, PhD, has worked in classical and Christian education for over twenty-five years. As Fellow of History at New Saint Andrews College, he teaches courses in ancient and medieval civilizations, US history, American Christianity, medieval education, and Classical Rhetoric, among other subjects. He has also taught introductory and advanced courses in US history and Ancient Rome at Washington State University. He is the Director of New Saint Andrews College’s graduate program in Classical and Christian Studies. He taught history and Bible at Logos School in Moscow, Idaho for many years, and he serves Classical and Christian Schools around the country through his consulting and teacher training activities. His published writings appear in various school curricula and other outlets. Schlect’s research in twentieth-century Protestant church life has earned numerous competitive grants and fellowships, and he has presented his research at meetings of the American Historical Association, the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion and the Idaho Council for History Education. He was recently named the 2016-17 distinguished lecturer for the Association of Reformed Colleges and Universities. His historical work includes service as a ranger for the US National Park Service, where he specialized in Protestant missions to the Nez Perce people and interpreted historical sites and material culture for the public. Schlect is a teaching elder at Trinity Reformed Church (CREC) in Moscow, Idaho. He and his wife, Brenda, have five children, all products of a classical and Christian education. They also have one grandchild.

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