This course is designed to give students skill, confidence, and fluency in public speaking. Speech is as much about training students to think as it about oral communication. Students who are trained to speak well are also trained to think well. Throughout the course we will study the structure and style of great historical speeches and the five cannons of rhetoric: inventio, dispositio, elocutio, memoria and pronuntiatio. The five cannons will lead students through a process of formulating arguments and putting information together in powerful structures so that they can communicate effectively. During the course of the semester students will have extensive opportunities to speak in front of the class. At the start of the semester we will pay special attention to helping students overcome the fear of public speaking. Students will need to purchase the textbook before the first day of class.