Previous Lectures & Events


Professor Debra Hawhee

Penn State University

1 October 2014


Debra Hawhee is Professor of English at Penn State University. An historian of rhetoric whose work focuses on rhetoric’s less rational elements, she has written about bodily and material theories of rhetoric, ancient and modern. She is author of Moving Bodies: Kenneth Burke at the Edges of Language, which received the 2010 Diamond Anniversary Book Award from the National Communication Association, as well as Bodily Arts: Rhetoric and Athletics in Ancient Greece. She is co-author, with Sharon Crowley, of Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students, now in its fifth edition. Her research has received funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Spencer Foundation, and Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities. She has published articles in Rhetorica, Philosophy and Rhetoric, Quarterly Journal of Speech, College English, Rhetoric Society Quarterly,Advances in the History of Rhetoric, and College Composition and Communication. She has been named a 2011-2012 Resident Scholar of Penn State’s Institute for the Arts and Humanities, during which time she will continue to work on her in-progress book about animals in the history of rhetoric.



From difference to multiplicity:

politics, pedagogy and philosophy

Professor Lawrence Grossberg

Cultural Studies Program and Department of Communication Studies

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

4 April 2013, 4.00 p.m.

431 Gambrell Hall


The Imperative of Law:  How Legal Speech Acts

Professor Marianne Constable

Department of Rhetoric

University of California, Berkeley

17 January 2013, 4.00 p.m.

Gambrell 431



Misinterpellation and Revolution: The Case of Haiti

Professor James Martel

Department of Political Science

San Francisco State University 

25 October 2012