The Temple College Humanities Series is presenting a panel discussion titled “Enhancing Civil Discourse: Applying the Communication Principles Inherent in Rhetoric, Debate, and Dialogue” on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 301 of the Newton Science Building. The event is free and open to the public.

The discussion will be facilitated by a panel of five communication experts who will provide an overview of the current state of civil discourse and then focus on how the communication strategies of rhetoric, debate and dialogue can inform the practice of civil discourse in the classroom and community. Audience members will be led through interactive exercises to promote a positive impact on their participation in civil discourse.

The panel will include three faculty members from Temple College − D. Kirkland, chair of the Department of Speech, Humanities, Drama and Dance; Dr. Derek Mudd, assistant professor of speech and drama; and Agostine Trevino, associate professor of government.

Other panelists will be Vicki Moultry, professor of communication studies at Central Texas College in Killeen, and Cathleen Ferose, the speech and debate teacher and coach at Round Rock Christian Academy in Round Rock.

The discussion will also be available through Zoom. For information on how to access the Zoom meeting, contact Humanities Series Director D. Kirkland at

The Temple College Humanities Series, which was started in 2008, is designed to educate and entertain the Temple community while enhancing the humanities emphasis at Temple College. For more information on this event or other events sponsored by the Temple College Fine Arts Division, visit or call 254-298-8555.