This essay advocates for the reinvigoration of imitatio pedagogy to reestablish disciplinary commitment to civic education in perilous democratic times. I argue that imitatio offers a needed response to several contemporary democratic challenges. After mapping out three theoretical relations of imitatio, I describe one approach for inculcating democratic citizenship via imitatio designed for undergraduate education. Finally, I conclude by reflecting on the specific affordances of imitatio education in the digital age and call on educators of rhetoric and communication to once again perceive democratic well-being as a disciplinary responsibility.
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"Imitatio, Civic Education, and the Digital Temper,"
Speaker & Gavel: Vol. 56
, Article 6.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/speaker-gavel/vol56/iss1/6