When and where is it appropriate to say something? This presentation will get us to thinking a little bit about how we might answer this question, which some early students and teachers of rhetoric believed was a central concern of rhetoric.

Why devote an entire PowerPoint presentation to what appears to be a rather simple concept despite its odd-sounding name? Well, for one thing, Michael Carter's article, linked on the Stasis Theory page, can provide some reasons for that. For another, a lot of people seem to demonstrate that they are not aware that there is such a thing as a "right, opportune time" (and place) to say something, or such a thing as decorum. It's important to consider, then, at some modest length.