Dear RSA Members,
As we announce the opening of registration for RSA20 in Portland, we are excited to share some new developments that are intended to support our Society’s commitments to equity and inclusion, particularly for our graduate student members, as detailed below, some of which request the generosity of our general membership.
But for all:
Registration information can be found at this link:
Hotel Registration can be found here:
Support Opportunities for Graduate Student Members:
As President Kirt Wilson shared earlier this year, the Society established the Lunsford Fund as an endowment to support participation by graduate students of color at the RSA conference. The generous support of our members to a challenge drive surpassed our expectations and will permit us to make Lunsford Awards available for RSA20. As a complement to the Lunsford Awards, President Wilson has dedicated use of the Corbett Endowment resources at the president’s disposal for the same purpose, to support participation by graduate students of color at RSA20. Both the Lunsford and Corbett Awards will be determined on a review of student applications, which will include review of an abstract of the student’s conference paper. Application information will be available on the RSA20 registration form as a hyperlink.
The participation of graduate students at RSA’s Conference is a high priority. One of the ways we hope to encourage and support graduate student participation is by addressing the costs associated with attending the conference. Toward that end, the Lauer Endowment, which supports graduate student activities, will be used to provide a modest number of grants to partially defray costs. To supplement Lauer Endowment funds, this year we are introducing an opportunity for regular members to help the Society partially defray graduate student expenses. Recipients of these participation grants will be determined by lottery. Students will be entered into the lottery based on their current level of support and work to be presented at the conference. To be considered, students should complete the application form accessible as a hyperlink on the RSA20 registration form.
We encourage our members to contribute to this funding source. On the registration form, there are check boxes to indicate your level of support, and we thank you in advance for any contributions you can support.
In addition to these awards and grants intended to support graduate student participation at RSA20, we will expand programmatic opportunities for graduate students and junior faculty to work with leading scholars. We have once more scheduled the Research Network and the History of Rhetoric seminar, which are well-established and successful parts of the RSA conference. In addition, RSA20 will introduce Mini-Institutes to its pre-conference menu. These research-focused seminars will focus on Visual Rhetoric and Public Humanities respectively.
RSA boasts wonderful members—at various stages of careers and with diverse interests, and we collectively welcome the opportunity to support our graduate students and to encourage their participation in the organization and in the greater field of rhetorical studies.
See you in Portland!