This program is designed to help dissertation writers to get a jump start on their writing goals. Participants in this intensive, retreat program will meet at the Stratford Campus (transportation to and from the Waterloo campus will be provided each day) for a full day for four days during reading week: February 21st to 24th.
Over the past decade and a half, public debate on the issue of torture has increased dramatically, with legal, political, and cultural discourses offering many, often conflicting, perspectives on the meaning and function of torture in contemporary democracy. This dissertation investigates the influence of audience beliefs, values and attitudes in shaping both social and formal definitions of torture. Rhetoricians have often understood public knowledge of torture by assessing the positions either advocating or condemning its use.