Colorado State University - Pueblo sponsors Southern Colorado Rhetoric Symposium

Colorado State University - Pueblo sponsors Southern Colorado Rhetoric Symposium

PUEBLO – Registrations are being accepted for the Southern Colorado Rhetoric Symposium, Agency in the 21st Century: Evolution, Collaboration & Activism in the Digital Age  to be co-hosted on Saturday, Feb. 26 by Colorado State University-Pueblo’s English and Foreign Language Departments, Chicano/Women Studies program, and Sigma Tau Delta.

Southern Colorado Rhetoric Symposium 2011 seeks to explore the transformation of civic discourse, expanded definitions of literacy, the crossroads of theory and praxis, and the role of knowledge and the promise of language in the 21st century.  This symposium offers the opportunity to investigate ways rhetoric has evolved to interact within the digital global community. The Southern Colorado Rhetoric Symposium will include papers and panels from faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, and independent scholars examining aspects of rhetoric, composition and culture in the digital age.

The day-long symposium will include two keynote speakers in addition to sessions emphasizing all areas of rhetoric. The featured speakers will include Dr. AnaLouise Keating, professor of women’s studies at Texas Woman’s University, presenting Poet-Shaman Aesthetics: Anzalduan Insights into Imagination, Transformation, and the Writing Process in the morning and a closing address by Dr. Hugh Burns, director of doctoral research in rhetoric, also at Texas Woman's University.
Keating has taught composition, U.S. American literature, English, and women’s studies. She is the author or editor of eight books, including Women Reading, Women Writing: Self-Invention in Paula Gunn Allen, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Audre Lorde; EntreMundos/AmongWorlds: New Perspectives on Gloria Anzaldúa; this bridge we call home: radical visions for transformation (co-edited with Anzaldúa); The Gloria Anzaldúa Reader, and Anzaldúa’s Interviews/Entrevistas. She has published articles on Chicana/Latina authors, African-American literature, queer studies, multiculturalism, eighteenth- and nineteenth-century U.S. writers, feminist theory, and pedagogy.
Burns investigates the purposes, audiences, and techniques for how human beings communicate. He is internationally known for his scholarship in using technology to teach. In 2002, Burns served as a Fulbright Senior Specialist to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at the King Abdulaziz and His Companions Foundation for the Gifted in Riyadh. In 2009, he was the Visiting Scholar in Digital Composition and Media at The Ohio State University. Beginning in Fall 2011, Burns will become the Holland Coors Endowed Professor at the United States Air Force Academy, where he will develop educational technology and share that technology with other Colorado colleges and universities.                                  

As an incentive for student participation, the Southern Colorado Rhetoric Society and Sigma Tau Delta will recognize the Best Graduate Paper at the 2011 Southern Colorado Rhetoric Symposium with a $100 award. To enter, you must e-mail copy of your paper to by 5 p.m. on February 21.

Advance registration costs $25 per student or $40 per faculty member or independent scholar, which includes membership in the Southern Colorado Rhetoric Society, conference registration, continental breakfast, and a dinner banquet. Registration at the door will be $40 per student or $60 per faculty member or independent scholar.

Additional information, including lodging information and a registration form, may be found at Checks should be made payable to Sigma Tau Delta And send completed registration form and check (if paying now) to: ATTN: Dr. Donna Souder, CSU-Pueblo Department of English, 2200 Bonforte Blvd., Pueblo, CO 81001-4901

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