Rhetoric Society of America: Summer Institute

June 3, 2019 to June 8, 2019
9:00 - 5:00 PM
Tawes Hall




2019.06.03-08: Rhetoric Society of America Summer Institute






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The members of the rhetoric faculty in the departments of Communication and English at the University of Maryland are thrilled to host the eighth biennial Rhetoric Society of America Institute in summer 2019. As with Institutes before it, UMD will offer two ways for scholars to participate:

  • 8 week-long seminars Monday, June 3 to Thursday, June 6
  • 24 weekend workshops Thursday, June 6 to Saturday, June 8

The key terms for the UMD Institute are archives, diversity, memory, politics, and protest. Our Institute leaders are among the finest and most innovative scholars in rhetorical studies and will explore these terms in deep and provocative ways.

More specifically, our seminars will invite conversation and study around African American rhetorics and pedagogies (Richardson and Carey), intersectional feminisms (Glenn and Chavez), digital rhetorics and race (Brown and Knight Steele), social protest (Cloud and Towns), medical rhetorics (Jack and Jensen), public memory (Vivian and Mack), visual rhetoric (Marshall, Bruce, Webb), and archival research methods (Ore and Stillion Southard).

Our workshops will take on topics ranging from foodways rhetorics (Alvarez and Kelly), rhetorical placemaking (Rai, Dickinson, Ackerman), cultural rhetorics (Powell and Long-Smith), and career planning (Kerschbaum and Bostdorff), to rhetorical education (Ratcliffe and Jensen), neoliberalism (Asen and Dingo), rhetoric and migration (Flores and Harris), and, of course, much more!

Lisa Flores, Associate Professor of Communication at University of Colorado, Boulder, will offer the keynote address.

Leaders and participants at the Institute will be able to take full advantage of our UMD location. This major research institution houses excellent collaborative research facilities, strong English and Communication departments, as well as MITH, the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. Just a few metro stops away, in Washington, D.C., participants can explore archives, museums, monuments, and sites for all kinds of political exchange. Excellent new restaurants are easily accessible from the local hotels and lower-cost housing at residence halls.

We hope you’ll join us at UMD for the 2019 Institute. We’re excited to welcome you to campus and to engage our key terms and questions together!


Jessica Enoch, Associate Professor of English, and Kristy Maddux, Associate Professor of Communication, will serve as co-directors of the Institute.

Planning Commitee: Chanon Adsanatham (English); Jane Donawerth (English); Jeanne Fahnestock (English); Robert Gaines (Communication); Melanie Kill (English); James Klumpp (Communication); Shirley Wilson Logan (English); Michelle Murray-Yang (Communication); Shawn Parry-Giles (Communication); Trevor Parry-Giles (Communication); Damien Pfister (Communication); Vessela Valiavitcharska (English); Scott Wible (English); Carly Woods (Communication).

For more information contact: Jessica Enoch and Kristy Maddux (RhetSA19@umd.edu)