Dr. Inabinet's interests and activities are broad, as a product of a liberal arts education at Furman (Class of '04). His work is devoted to helping people live more sustainably in a public culture filled to the brim with images and words.  His scholarly work on circulation, civility, intergenerational audiences, and rhetorical ethics have appeared in edited books and the top scholarly journals in his field, including Rhetoric Society Quarterly, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and Southern Communication Journal.  Dr. Inabinet has also written for historical magazines, law journals, digital media, and the encyclopedia on social media writing and politics.  A book on early U.S. corporations and their influence on communication is currently underway.  On campus he advises and coordinates many programs, ranging from debate to leadership to sustainability.  He has led several professional organizations in his field and is currently President of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP), SC.  

In his free time, Dr. Inabinet is known for jogging the Furman campus, hiking to nearby waterfalls and kayaking on Lake Jocassee, and biking downtown Greenville on the Swamp Rabbit Trail for favorite restaurants and festivities. 

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Public Speaking

Study of the fundamental principles and strategies of informative, persuasive, and ceremonial speaking. Emphasis on how to research, organize, and deliver a speech. The ethical, political, and social character of public speaking is also examined. Students perform a variety of speeches and oral exercises and serve as speech critics and interlocutors.



Study of the precepts, theories, strategies, and ethics of argument. Students critically analyze arguments found in speeches, public debates and controversies, newspaper articles and editorials, television news programs, and scholarly texts. Students write argumentative essays, present argumentative speeches, and engage in class debates.


Introduction to Rhetoric

Topical survey of the major questions and controversies in rhetorical theory, criticism, and practice. Topics include: classical canons of rhetoric, the�role of rhetoric�in civic life, and the relationship of rhetoric to power, politics, law, education, and ethics. Readings may include selections from Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Nietzsche, Burke, Toulmin, Perelmen, Habermas, Foucault, White, Allen, and others.


Rhetorical Criticism

Survey of the major methods of rhetorical criticism, including neo-Aristotelianism, dramatism, social movement rhetoric, close textual analysis, and others. Topics include: the theoretical underpinnings of these methods, examining the nature of rhetorical texts, analyzing scholarly essays employing these methods, and writing and presenting essays based on critical analysis of rhetorical texts.


Rhetoric in the Ancient World

The history of rhetorical theory and practice from 500 BCE to 500 CE. Focus on Greek and Roman relationship of rhetoric to politics, law, religion, philosophy, liberal education and culture along with an examination of the influcence of ancient rhetoric�on medieval rhetoric. Readings include selections from the sophists, Isocrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Quintilian, Tacitus, and Augustine.


U.S. Public Address Until 1865

History and criticism of major U.S. speeches and rhetorical texts. Examination of a broad range of historical and rhetorical factors that influenced the construction and reception of speeches from the colonial period through the end of the Civil War. Focus on the political, religious, legal, and social exigencies to which the speeches responded, as well as the place of these rhetorical texts in U.S. public controversies.



Study of the history, theories, principles, and strategies of public advocacy in the process of social, political, economic, and legal change. Students examine case studies of advocacy campaigns, consider the ethical and ideological implications of such campaigns, and may engage in service-learning projects associated with a local integrated advocacy campaign.


Sustainable Advocacy

Creation of various media on environmental and social justice issues that affect future generations. Students will use discussions with sustainability field experts and experiences with their natural environment to produce public advocacy campaigns. May Experience ONLY.


Sacred Rhetorical Traditions

Analysis of radical discourses and eloquence from divine or unspeakable truth. Emphasis is given to contemporary rhetorics that stem from mystic experiences, ancient contemplative practices, or prophetic traditions.


Communication Ethics

The ethical questions raised by the practice of human communication. The sources of ethical standards, methods of ethical criticism, and perspectives on the ethics of persuasion.


Lincoln Presidential Rhetoric

The public speeches of Abraham Lincoln are examined using close textual analysis and contextual history to understand persuasion, motives, and artistry in public discourse; to learn about Lincoln's life and times; and to understand his influence on slavery, the Civil War, and beyond.


Free Speech in Democracy Inc.

The seminar looks at speech economies from multiple perspectives. If attention is scarce thanks to digital media saturation, what happens to thought in a marketplace of ideas?" And when money gets involved


History of Ideas in Context II

Texts and ideas from a variety of disciplines and genres (including the humanities, fine arts, and political philosophy) in both Western and non-Western cultural contexts. Topics will vary.

  • "Sustainable Advocacy: Voice for and Before an Intergenerational Audience." With Jessica M. Prody as first author. In Voice and Environmental Communication. Edited by Jennifer Peeples and Stephen Depoe (Albany: SUNY press, forthcoming 2013)
  • "Democratic Circulation: Jacksonian Lithographs in U.S. Public Discourse." Rhetoric & Public Affairs 15, no. 4 (Winter 2012):659-666
  • "Who Wrote the Rhetoric? A Response to Brad McAdon." With Arthur E. Walzer as first author. Advances in the History of Rhetoric 14, no. 2 (2011): 166-190
  • "When Pastors Go Public: Richard Furman's Public Letter on Slavery." Southern Communication Journal 76, no. 3 (2011)
  • "The Stoicism of the Ideal Orator: Cicero's Hellenistic Ideal." Advances in the History of Rhetoric 14, no. 1 (2011), 14-32
  • "The American Scholar Lecture Revisited." The Key Reporter - Phi Beta Kappa's National Magazine (Fall 2012), 8. Full essay online at http://www.pbk.org/home/FocusNews.aspx?id=974
  • "The Long Farewell: Laurence M. Keitt's Eulogy on John C. Calhoun." Carologue – South Carolina Historical Society Magazine (Winter 2012), 17-22;
  • "Southern Honor and the Politics of Civility." Charleston Law Review 5, no. 3 (Spring 2011), 101-119.
  • Janice Hocker Rushing Early Career Research Award, 2012
  • Mellon Sustainability Faculty Fellow, 2011
  • Top Paper of the American Society for the History of Rhetoric, 2010
  • James L. Golden Outstanding Student Essay in Rhetoric, 2006
  • Endel Medal and Bradshaw-Feaster Award, 2004
Northwestern University 2010
Northwestern University 2007
Furman University 2004

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