This seminar studies two important, ubiquitous phenomena: argumentation and perception. It aims to develop a greater understanding of how we argue in civic settings and of how we see in literal and figurative ways. What are some different, productive ways to look - and look again - at a text? How can we improve the ways we communicate what we see in texts and arguments? To what extent are arguments based in perception, and to what extent is perception a kind of argument? How can we make convincing arguments - in writing and orally - about what we think about when we see? Such questions help to connect argumentation and seeing. The class studies and applies fundamental concepts of rhetoric (including argumentation), and serves to strengthen students' ability to write and speak effectively in academic and civic circles. The class studies ways of analyzing texts, speeches, and visual "texts" like films and architecture. These studies include taking positions, gathering evidence, thinking about what the people we communicate with expect from our writing and speaking, anticipating arguments that oppose our own, changing our minds about issues, arranging presentations and essays for best effect, and so on.