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CAS Faculty Members receive prestigious award from NCA

CELEBRATIONS!

The Department of Communication Arts & Sciences is delighted to announce that two faculty members have received prestigious awards from the National Communication Association.

Kirt Wilson, Associate Professor of CAS and African American Studies, is the 2020 recipient of the Douglas W. Ehninger Distinguished Rhetorical Scholar Award. The NCA citation reads, “The award is given annually to honor scholars who have executed research programs in rhetorical theory, rhetorical criticism, and/or public address studies. As one of the foundational scholars in Black rhetorical studies, Dr. Wilson’s work has deeply shaped the field of rhetorical studies. For decades, Dr. Wilson’s work on public memory, abolitionism, Reconstruction-era public address, civil rights rhetoric, rhetorical space and place, and cosmopolitanism has advanced the field of rhetoric by modeling historical rhetorical methods.”

Michele Kennerly, Associate Professor of CAS and Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, is the 2020 recipient of the Karl R. Wallace Memorial Award. This award, which recognizes philosophical, historical, or critical scholarship in rhetoric and public discourse, acknowledges Dr. Kennerly’s substantial contribution to rhetorical inquiry. The award selection committee specifically commended Kennerly’s project “Automatic Athens, which seeks to complicate appeals to Athens as a model democracy, [as] both influential and innovative.”

Congratulations, Kirt and Michele!