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RSA Announces the 2018-19 Graduate Student Chapter Special Event Award Recipients

RSA Announces the 2018-19 Graduate Student Chapter Special Event Award Recipients 

RSA annually offers $3,000 in Special Event Awards to its Graduate Student Chapters that have an event planned for the late fall or spring semester. This year, the RSA Early Career and Student Representatives of the Board, Karrieann Soto Vega and Laura Proszak, with Board member Katie Irwin, reviewed the applications and selected the following winners. The selected proposals were those that articulated the event’s potential to attract teachers and scholars of rhetoric across departments and institutions, emphasized the event’s significance to graduate students and their professional development, forwarded mentorship and/or diversity and inclusion, and provided evidence of clear and detailed preparation. Congratulations to this year’s recipients!

Louisiana State University’s RSA @ LSU will host a month-long series, #GeauxRhetoric. Throughout March, the interdisciplinary series will include a graduate student publication workshop and public lectures led by scholars across departments and institutions, including the Department of Communication Studies’ Annual Gray Lecture given by Dr. Raka Shome.

North Carolina State University’s chapter will host the Carolina Rhetoric Conference on April 12-13, bringing together students and scholars from across the region. This year’s theme, “Continuing Rhetoric’s Keywords,” draws from RSQ’s 50th anniversary Special Issue for continued reflection on keywords or key issues in rhetorical studies. The chapter will webcast plenary lunch sessions. Interested parties can visit the Conference website:

Penn State University’s Arnold-Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians will host Camp Rhetoric, with the theme of “Embodied Reflections” on March 29-30. Camp Rhetoric will include student works-in-progress presentations and discussions co-led by faculty members and graduate students. Dr. Melanie Yergeau will deliver the keynote address. Lectures will be recorded and posted on the Chapter’s website:

Texas Christian University’s Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society will host Dr. Elizabeth Weiser of The Ohio State University for an interdisciplinary lecture and workshop in March. Photos, videos, and blog summaries will be posted to the Chapter’s website:

University of California-Irvine’s Rhetoric/Composition Graduate Collective will have a Public Symposium to mark the end of the year-long reading group on “Chicanx Cultural Reclamation Strategies in Rhetoric, Composition, and Postcolonial Identity.” The featured speakers will be Dr. Lisa Flores and Dr. Renee Moreno, and the event will be held in May 13, 2019.

University of Maryland’s Chelona RSA will hold the Rhetoric in the Archives Graduate Symposium, a three-day event from April4-6, which aims to prepare graduate students for archival research, including a trip to one of the many archives in the Washington, D.C. metro area. The resources generated, and any recorded panel presentation videos will be available through their blog:

University of Nevada, Reno’s Rhetoric@Reno will host Dr. Karma Chavez of the University of Texas, Austin (UT Austin) for a public lecture to be held on campus April 25, 2019. Besides the lecture, the Coalition Building Through Rhetorical Practices event will include an interdisciplinary, catered luncheon and classroom visits.

University of Wisconsin-Madison’s chapter will host Dr. Melanie Yergeau for their annual RSA Symposium in spring 2019. The interdisciplinary event will include CART (a live transcription service), and a graduate round table lunch with graduate students from across the university.

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