History of the Center

Sewanee’s Quality Enhancement Program (QEP), “Learning to Speak – Speaking to Learn,” is up and running. The program, with roots in the 2005-2006 “Eloquence Initiative,” the 2012 Strategic Plan, and the 2013-2014 revisions to the General Education curriculum, is designed to foster improved speaking and listening practices, cultivate a richer appreciation for the spoken word as a critical and cultural resource, and deepen understanding of the rhetorical qualities of communication and community in a world of controversy and division.

At the heart of the QEP are four interrelated efforts: the Center for Speaking & Listening, the Speaking-Across-the-Curriculum Initiative, the Supportive Curriculum of courses in Speaking and Listening, and Extra-Curricular Activities (including the Sewanee Debate Union, DebateWatch events, and the Sewanee Festival of Speaking).