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Camp Rhetoric 2016

Camp Rhetoric 2016, hosted by the Arnold Ebbitt Interdisciplinary Rhetoricians (AEIR) at Penn State, is set to take place on February 19th and 20th. The event brings together rhetoricians of both English and Communication departments from all over the country. Over two days, Camp Rhetoric will feature presentations by leading rhetorical scholars, works-in-progress sessions where graduate students work directly with faculty to workshop their writing, and discussion panel presentations where both students and faculty present on various topics of pedagogical and/or theoretical interest.

You can find the full schedule at AEIR’s website, here: https://sites.google.com/site/aeiratpennstate/camp-rhetoric-2016. Registration takes place on the day of the conference, and costs $15. Questions? Reach out to AEIR at Aeir.PSU@gmail.com!

CAS Student Briana Adams to receive Penn State's Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award

Briana Adams, a CAS Major, has been selected to receive Penn State's Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award.  The purpose of this award is to recognize broad-minded students who openly promote responsible citizenship and civil respect for diversity within the Penn State community, while emphasizing a nature of respectful tolerance for the differences among our constituents. 

 Congratulations, Briana!

Robin Kramer selected to present at the 2016 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium

Robin Kramer, Senior Lecturer in Communication Arts and Sciences, submitted a proposal to present a session at the 2016 Teaching and Learning with Technology Symposium regarding her use of podcasting to provide student feedback. “My students have responded in an incredibly positive way to this form of feedback, so I'm excited to share more about it,” she said.

The event will be on March 19th. The title of her presentation will be "Speaking Through the Stack Efficiently and Painlessly: Grading via Podcasts."

You can find more information and register for the symposium here: http://symposium.tlt.psu.edu

Dr. Brad Vivian and Dr. Michele Kennerly win Center for Humanities and Information Faculty Fellowships for 2016-17

Dr.’s Vivian and Kennerly have both won a Center for Humanities and Information Faculty Fellowship for 2016-17.

Dr. Vivian will be working on a book project that examines how idioms of witnessing have infused the public discourse of ordinary citizens, politicians, and civic institutions in recent decades, thus comprising a vital mode of influence in contemporary public culture. Dr. Kennerly will be working on her book project about how and when editorial polish functions as public argument in texts from classical Athens, Hellenistic Alexandria, and late Republican and early imperial Rome.

 Two PSU grad students have also won! Cory Geraths will be working on his dissertation about Manifestations and Mutations of Mary Magdalene, and David Maxson will be working on his dissertation about the Memoryscape of New Orleans.  

The CAS department congratulates these four on this outstanding achievement!

Kurt Braddock's research on Developing Counter-Terrorism Narratives featured in New York Magazine

Recently, CAS lecturer Kurt Braddock briefed the Pentagon on research on methods for Developing Counter-Terrorism Narratives, and now his work has been featured in an article by New York Magazine.

Read the article here!

Dr. Rachel Smith is part of a research team that has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to study malaria prevention

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- In collaboration with partners in Europe and Africa, researchers at Penn State have received a five-year, $10.2-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to investigate a new method for preventing the transmission of malaria. The method involves limiting mosquito access to houses by blocking openings and installing "eave tubes" that contain a unique type of insecticide-laced mosquito netting developed by Dutch partner In2Care that kills the insects as they attempt to enter.

Read the whole story here!

Kurt Braddock Briefs Pentagon

Dr. Kurt Braddock, Ph.D. 2012, provided a briefing to the Pentagon covering his research on methods for Developing Counter-Terrorism Narratives.

“I have recently started a line of research in which I want to develop practical, actionable, theory-based guidelines for use in the field to counter violent extremism”, Braddock said. “The first paper that I wrote in this research agenda relates to the production and distribution of counter-narratives to reduce support for terrorism. It was recently accepted for publication in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1057610X.2015.1116277). An online version of the document was posted online on November 9th, and within a few days, my co-author (Dr. John Horgan) heard from Dept. of Defense personnel about the possibility of briefing them on the paper. Given that it is my line of research and I am first author on the work, I was tapped to do a teleconference to brief individuals from all over the Department of Defense on the paper, and to respond to questions related to counter-narratives and how they might be used against groups like ISIS.”

“…the content of the paper that I presented relates to (a) how to analyze terrorist narratives to recognize and understand that ideas that underpin them, (b) how to incorporate themes into counter-narratives that challenge the themes in the terrorist narratives, and (c) how to distribute those counter-narratives to populations at risk for radicalization to counter violent extremism within those populations.”

CAS Student Marshall James Hutchison Accepted to Penn State Law

Our Spring 2015 Student Marshall James Hutchison has been accepted to Penn State Law on a $60,000 scholarship. He will also be a candidate for their joint MBA program. Way to go, James!

Jessica Kurr receives Top Student Paper Award from The American Society for the History of Rhetoric

At the National Communication Association's annual convention in Las Vegas this November, Jessica Kurr was presented with the Top Student Paper Award from The American Society for the History of Rhetoric for her paper "Skotison: The Dark Rhetorical Style of Fedspeak." Way to go, Jessica!

Dr. Rosa Eberly appears on KCRW's and PRI's "To The Point" to discuss public violence

On Wednesday our own Dr. Rosa Eberly was on KCRW's and PRI's "To The Point" with, among others, John Nichols of The Nation. The topic was public violence. It was poignant and sadly very timely, as during show's airing the news of the San Bernardino shootings broke.

You can listen to a recording of the show here:

http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/to-the-point/can-political-speech-lead-to-public-violence