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ANNOUNCING: RSA's Third Biennial Summer Institute

June 22-28, 2009; Penn State University

Here's a preview of the third RSA biennial Summer Institute:  mark your calendars, plan on attending, and call this preview to the attention of others.

Running from 22-28 June 2009, the Institute again includes two components: two five-day Seminars (running Monday, 6/22, through Friday morning, 6/26); and twenty two-day Workshops (running Friday afternoon, 6/26, through Sunday morning, 6/28). Participants may choose to attend either a seminar or a workshop or both.  At lunch on Friday, there will be a plenary talk by Stephen Browne, scheduled to accommodate both seminarians and workshoppers, and some meals and receptions are (tentatively) included in the fee.

Seminars are focused on offering graduate students and early career professors advanced study in foundational areas of rhetoric for purposes of pedagogy and research. Workshops function as "special-interest" groups within subfields of rhetoric and are meant to cover common topics of interest within those subfields.

The two five-day Seminars offered in 2009 will focus on Rhetorical Criticism, led by Michael Leff (Memphis) and Alisse Portnoy (Michigan); and Visual Rhetoric, led by Robert Hariman (Northwestern) and John Lucaites (Indiana). Each of these seminars has a capacity of 25 participants.

The two-day Workshops, which typically enroll between five and eighteen participants, depending on the topic, cover a rich range of rhetorical subfields.  In 2009, the Institute has tentatively arranged to offer the following workshops:

  • Rhetoric, Nationalism, and Post-Nationalism - Vanessa Beasley (Vanderbilt)
  • Women, Religious Persuasion, and Social Activism in America 1780-1940 - Patricia Bizzell (College of Holy Cross), Jane Donawerth (Maryland), Shirley Wilson Logan (Maryland), and Roxanne Mountford (Kentucky)
  • Women, Rhetoric, and Political Agency - Karlyn Kohrs Campbell (Minnesota), Mari Boor Tonn (Maryland), and Justin Killian (Minnesota)
  • Toward a Rhetoric of Multilingual Writing - A. Suresh Canagarajah (Penn State), Maria Jerskey (La Guardia College), Jay Jordan (Utah), and Xiaoye You (Penn State)
  • Rhetoric, Public Scholarship, and Democratic Activism: Re-inventing Politics after Neo-Liberalism - Rosa Eberly (Penn State) and Dana Cloud (Texas)
  • Rhetoric and Performance Studies - Jenn Fishman (Tennessee)
  • A Career Bootcamp for Associate Professors - Cheryl Geisler (RPI)
  • Rhetoric and Race - Keith Gilyard (Penn State) and Victor Villanueva (Washington State)
  • Visualizing Patterns of Group Communication in Digital Workspaces - William Hart-Davidson (Michigan State); Clay Spinuzzi (Texas); and Mark Zachry (University of Washington)
  • History Matters: Materials and Methods for Scholarship in the History of Rhetoric - Debra Hawhee (Illinois) and Richard Graff (Minnesota)
  • Discourse Analysis for Rhetorical Studies - Barbara Johnstone (Carnegie Mellon) and Christopher Eisenhart (UMass Dartmouth)
  • Queering Rhetorical Studies - Charles Morris (Boston U)
  • Voices of Democracy - U.S. Public Oratory, Democracy, and the Humanities Undergraduate Classroom - Shawn Parry-Giles (Maryland), Michael Hogan (Penn State), and Robert Gaines (Maryland)
  • Rhetoric and Globalization (International Rhetoric) - Andrea Ritivoi (Carnegie Mellon)
  • Understanding Kenneth Burke through His Archives - Jack Selzer (Penn State), Ann George (Texas Christian), and David Tell (Kansas)
  • Rhetoric, Public Memory, and Forgetting - Bradford Vivian (Syracuse) and Carole Blair (North Carolina)
  • Medical Rhetoric: Ethical Issues, Archival Concepts, and Imaginative Writing - Susan Wells (Temple) and Ellen Barton (Wayne State)
  • Science and Its Publics - James Wynn (Carnegie Mellon) and Lisa Keranen (Colorado)
  • Rhetoric and Religion - Susan Zaeske (Wisconsin) and Rob Howard (Wisconsin)
  • Reading Lincoln's Rhetoric - David Zarefsky (Northwestern)

This list is tentative and subject to change.  Complete information, including registration fees, will be posted in September, along with directions for applying for Seminars and Workshops. The final costs are still being negotiated, but it is anticipated that the fee for a Seminar will be about $425 (for RSA members) and for the Workshops in the $225 range (for RSA members). Non-member rates will be slightly higher. It is anticipated that some partial scholarships to help graduate students to attend will be available.  Housing will be in addition to the fee.

Program Organizers:

Shawn Parry-Giles
University of Maryland
Co-Planner, RSA 2009 Institute

David Kaufer
Carnegie Mellon
Co-Planner, RSA 2009 Institute

Jeremy Engels
Penn State University
Local Arrangements Chair

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