RIT Communication Colloquium Explores “Verbal Aggression” in Presidential Debates”




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Let the mud slinging begin!

Tradition dictates a certain amount of mud in election years and this campaign season is no different.

Grant Cos, professor of communication at Rochester Institute of Technology, will explore campaign tactics in his talk, “Verbal Aggression in Presidential Debate,” from 2 to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22, in the Chester F. Carlson Auditorium on the RIT campus. The free talk kicks off the communication colloquium sponsored by RIT's Department of Communication.

“The nature of contemporary presidential debates is to focus on the tension between issue and image,” Cos says. “The discussion of political candidates' image, particularly within the debate format, is dictated by the dynamics of their attack and the language they use to create clash.”

Cos will explore the role of conflict in campaign debates and the negative behavior of verbal aggression. He will examine previous examples, such as in the 1996 presidential debates between Bill Clinton and Bob Dole, and look at how verbal aggression could play out in the debates between John Kerry and George Bush.

For more information, call 585-475-6649.