Radical Pedagogy

Radical Pedagogy (2016)

Volume 13 Issue 1

ISSN: 1524-6345




Moments of Opportunity: Engaging Kairos in the Classroom



Julie D. Nelson

Department of Language and Literature

North Carolina Central University, USA

E-mail: jnelso29@nccu.edu



Abstract

     This essay asserts studying kairos—an ancient rhetorical concept that describes the right time or opportune moment—is beneficial for analyzing current events with students and constructing fruitful in-class interactions. After briefly describing how kairos has been variously defined and used in the field of rhetoric and composition, I discuss how we might engage kairos in the classroom.

      Keywords: kairos, rhetoric, pedagogy, Black Lives Matter