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--At the Business Meeting: Award Winners Announced. San Antonio Pre-RSA Symposium Acceptances Sent for May 22-23 event. Membership rates are low and our numbers are high!
--Advances in the History of Rhetoric, v. 16/2 released, with essays on rhetoric’s history in relation to religion, 20th century theorization, and Roman architecture.
--NCA Submissions open January 13, 2014 and are due by March 26, 2014. The Centennial Convention will be held in Chicago.
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Welcome,


I’m delighted to be stepping into the Presidency of ASHR at an exciting time.  Since my entry into the profession in the mid-80s, I’ve valued the space provided by ASHR for intense concentration on rhetoric’s history in an intimate setting.  In recent years, the group has grown in interesting ways without losing that intensity and intimacy.  Symposia in 2010 and 2012 brought larger numbers of scholars from a wide range of fields into the ASHR fold. Historical work is vitalized by the infusion of insights from adjacent disciplines such as critical theory, visual arts and architecture, and economics, among others.  Perspectives on global rhetorics from all eras, including 20th and 21st centuries, are welcome at the symposium and in our journal, Advances in the History of Rhetoric.


At San Antonio next May 22nd and 23rd, we will hear from scholars at every stage on the topic of freedom.  The symposium will feature keynote speeches from Barbara Biesecker, Ekaterina Haskins, and Ned O’Gorman, as well as a stimulating and varied array of presentations. 


What topic could be more important for our field and our common future?  And what could be a better time to join ASHR


                                                                                                                                    Susan C. Jarratt

                                                                                                                                    Professor, Comparative Literature

                                                                                                                                    University of California, Irvine

 


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