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The Graduate Symposium in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies


Date: 05/27/2010

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Location: 125 Nolte Center for Continuing Education

Cost: Free


The centerpiece of the Graduate Symposium in Interdisciplinary Rhetorical Studies will be the participation of three distinguished visiting scholars. These scholars will be noted for their interdisciplinary work in rhetoric and chosen by graduate students in Writing Studies, Communication Studies and UMD English. These visiting scholars will engage in productive dialogue with rhetoric faculty from Minnesota and with graduate students interested in rhetoric from the three participating graduate programs.

Guests include:

Erin J. Rand (Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, LBGT Studies, Syracuse University) whose research focuses on resistance and rhetorical agency in activist and social movement discourses. She is particularly interested in recent forms of queer, feminist, and global justice activism, and is currently engaged in projects that theorize collectivity and rhetorical violence in relation to activist practices.

Maegan Parker Brooks (Department of Communication Studies, University of Puget Sound), who specializes in the rhetoric of social change, with particular emphases on the roles gender, race, class, and sexuality play in amplifying/silencing voices in the public sphere. 

Joshua Gunn (Department of Communication Studies, University of Texas-Austin) has pursued research mainly in two, overlapping projects: (1) the investigation of psychoanalysis (generally, not simply Lacanian) in relation to persuasion; and (2) the analysis of theological forms in popular and unpopular culture (inclusive of music).

Steve Mailloux (Rhetoric, Loyola Marymount University) is, among other works, the editor of Rhetoric, Sophistry, Pragmatism (1995) as well as the author of Interpretive Conventions: The Reader in the Study of American Fiction (1982), Rhetorical Power (1989), Reception Histories: Rhetoric, Pragmatism, and American Cultural Politics (1998), and Disciplinary Identities: Rhetorical Paths of English, Speech, and Composition (2006).


  • Name: Institute for Advanced Study
  • E-mail: ias@umn.edu
  • Phone: 612-626-5054
  • Sponsored by: Institute for Advanced Study


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More information: http://www.ias.umn.edu/collabs09-10/ModernRhetoric.php

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